A century after he transformed baseball, celebrity culture, and the American experience, the Babe remains. Known as the Sultan of Swat and the Bambino, Babe Ruth was something completely new. During the 1920s in the United States, the Babe was everywhere.
Franklin Delano Roosevelt is remembered for overcoming the toughest possible challenges. Staring down the Depression, staring down the Nazis, saving democracy. He would remake the world and at the same time conquer his own personal limitations.
A man who had no education, no money, came from no background of anything meaningful, and yet he would rise to become the President of the United States. And while president, he would hold a broken nation together and lead it through the most destructive conflict America had ever seen.
Known as the First Lady of the World, Eleanor Roosevelt was a leader in her own right and involved in numerous humanitarian causes throughout her life. She was one of the most active first ladies in history and worked for political, racial and social justice.
He wasn't always the greatest strategist and tactician, and he actually made a lot of mistakes early on. But George Washington was a leader unlike any other. In an age of small men who liked to talk, he towered over them with his quiet strength.
The secret of Twain's success was that he echoed and reflected a longing of all sorts of people. By evoking an earlier America, Mark Twain became the most popular voice in America.
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