American Heroes: Profiles of Men and Women Who Shaped Early America

Written by Edmund S. Morgan
Review by John R. Vallely

Ninety-three-year-old Yale professor Edmund Morgan is one of the finest historians the United States has ever produced. A Colonial and Revolutionary War specialist, he has literally written the authoritative texts on aspects both large and small in his specialty. The present collection of essays include ones written from the 1930s to the 21st century (three of them are new). Each of the seventeen are superb introductions to the colonial or Revolutionary era topics and offer compelling reasons to re-examine one’s views of frequently misunderstood period in American history. I particularly recommend “Dangerous Books,” a discussion of a 1721 revolt of Yale faculty members against the school’s Puritan foundations. This collection should serve to introduce Professor Morgan to a new generation of readers.