Middle School Biography Collection, 1st Edition

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  • ISBN-10: 1625135009
  • ISBN-13: 9781625135001
  • Grade Level Range: 5th Grade - 12th Grade
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  • Original Copyright 2014 | Published/Released August 2016
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2014

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Middle school students seeking information about contemporary figures and historical persons of note will enjoy the titles in this collection. Biographies of well-known sports all-stars, innovators as Bil Gates andHenry Ford, and others on the world stage, including Pope Francis and the Dalai Lama, provide a diverse array of biographies ideal for classroom study or pleasure reading.

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Top 101 Remarkable Women  (ISBN-10: 1622751272 | ISBN-13: 9781622751273)

Women have faced oppression and gender inequality throughout history. Yet despite overwhelming odds stacked against them, there have always been a brave few who challenged the status quo and wound up making great strides in a wide variety of fields. From ancient times to the present day, women have broken down barriers and emerged as influential and important political leaders, activists, scientists, writers, artists, athletes, performers, and more. This volume chronicles the lives of many ground-breaking individuals—Cleopatra, Marie Curie, Amelia Earhart, Helen Keller, Harriet Tubman, and Oprah Winfrey among them—as well as the challenges they faced as they sought to improve the human condition.

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Top 101 Philosophers  (ISBN-10: 1622751337 | ISBN-13: 9781622751334)

Although their methodologies, areas of focus, and conclusions may diverge greatly, all philosophers in some form or another pose questions about universal truths. These individuals have elevated discourse and changed the way we interpret the world around us. Profiles of 101 of the most noteworthy individuals in the field introduce readers to the various philosophical schools of thought, as well as the ongoing questions and debates that have occupied philosophers and non-philosophers alike for centuries.

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Top 101 Athletes  (ISBN-10: 1622751353 | ISBN-13: 9781622751358)

Major sports stars share many traits, among them self-discipline through regimented training, competition at the highest level, and mastery of their respective sports. Embedded in the public's consciousness, these individuals can't help but make an impact on the lives of fans the world over—whether they're reaching for glory, achieving the pinnacle of success, or falling out of favor because of controversy. This exciting volume introduces readers to 101 remarkable athletes from a variety of sports, including David Beckham, Wayne Gretzky, Michael Jordan, Joe Montana, Jackie Robinson, and Venus and Serena Williams.

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Top 101 World Leaders  (ISBN-10: 1622751256 | ISBN-13: 9781622751259)

Political leaders have the power to effect great change and unite disparate peoples. Unfortunately, as Lord Acton and others have noted, power also can corrupt those who wield it. Throughout time, the world has witnessed the reigns of both benevolent and brutal leaders, some guiding nations to greatness and others perpetrating unspeakable atrocities. This inclusive volume examines the lives of some of history’s most notable and notorious leaders from around the globe. Readers are invited to consider the nature of governance and the qualities that define true leadership.

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Top 101 Musicians  (ISBN-10: 1622751221 | ISBN-13: 9781622751228)

While much in the history of music builds on what came before it, each generation witnesses musical innovations that define a genre and can endure long after their creation. The individuals profiled in this lively volume have been responsible for some of the most inspired and lasting works in the history of music, those that have remained timeless even as musical styles, genres, INSTRUCTORuments, and technologies have evolved. The stories of such icons as Guido D’Arezzo, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, the Beatles, Bob Dylan, Aretha Franklin, Michael Jackson, Jay-Z, and Adele, among many others, are concisely presented, along with descriptions of their greatest contributions to music.

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Top 101 Artists  (ISBN-10: 1622751302 | ISBN-13: 9781622751303)

The influence of art on culture and society at large is irrefutable, and the 101 artists included in this book are some of the most recognizable names in the history of Western art. These biographies will help readers gain entry to the lives of many of the individuals who have defined art in its various mediums throughout the ages. Photographers, painters, and sculptors are among those included, making these profiles a must-read for fans of any genre of the visual arts. Photographs of the artists and images of their pieces serve as visually stunning complements to the details of their personal stories, influences, and their contributions to the world of art.

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People You Should Know: Top 101 Scientists  (ISBN-10: 1680484982 | ISBN-13: 9781680484984)

This volume introduces just over one hundred of the most influential figures in the history of science. It spans thousands of years, from Thales of Miletus (who flourished in the sixth century BCE) to living luminaries, such as Craig Mello, Neil deGrasse Tyson, and Shinya Yamanaka. The varied and fascinating list includes physicists, chemists, anthropologists, astronomers, geologists, biologists, and more, all of whom have added to our store of scientific knowledge.

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People You Should Know: Top 101 Mathematicians  (ISBN-10: 1680484966 | ISBN-13: 9781680484960)

This compendium introduces readers to a brilliant group of mathematicians. The collection encompasses ancient sages, Renaissance geniuses, Enlightenment-era polymaths, nineteenth-century innovators, great minds of the twentieth century, and current leaders in the field. Also covered are the geniuses whose names are preserved in Fermats Last Theorem, Boolean algebra, and the Fibonacci sequence.

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People You Should Know: Top 101 Women of STEM  (ISBN-10: 1680484990 | ISBN-13: 9781680484991)

This extensive and insightful text introduces readers to an eclectic mix of women who have excelled in all areas of science, technology, engineering, and math. It includes biographies of astronauts, naturalists, zoologists, and astronomers, among others. Readers will be proud of the great pioneering work these women have done in their fields and be inspired to pursue such achievements of their own.

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People You Should Know: Top 101 Authors  (ISBN-10: 168048494X | ISBN-13: 9781680484946)

This comprehensive compendium profiles some of the most important, prolific, and influential authors in history. The list is composed of a mix of writers from all different backgrounds and time periods, perfect for students of literature. This book follows core standards in that it analyzes multiple authors and allows readers to compare and contrast their ideas.

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People You Should Know: Top 101 Reformers, Revolutionaries, Activists, and Change Agents  (ISBN-10: 1680484974 | ISBN-13: 9781680484977)

This book profiles some of the most influential change agents in history. They come from all walks of life, and they include writers, artists, politicians, and musicians, among others. Readers will get a sense of the sacrifices made by others so we can live in the world we do today. They will also learn that it takes only one person, one voice, to change the world.

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Pivotal Presidents: Profiles in Leadership: Franklin D. Roosevelt  (ISBN-10: 168048513X | ISBN-13: 9781680485134)

Franklin D. Roosevelt became president in 1933 in the midst of a global business depression. He created jobs and helped those who needed it, but to accomplish this he had to change the government's part in national life. He went on to ably lead America during World War II, and played a principal role in starting the United Nations. This biography explores FDR's life and pivotal presidency.

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Pivotal Presidents: Profiles in Leadership: Dwight D. Eisenhower  (ISBN-10: 1680485121 | ISBN-13: 9781680485127)

As president, Dwight D. Eisenhower ended the Korean War, grappled with anticommunism investigations, established NASA, defended school desegregation, and toured around the world to address Cold War issues. This biography provides insight into Eisenhower's childhood and military career, including his impressive invasions of North Africa, Italy, and France during World War II.

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Pivotal Presidents: Profiles in Leadership: Lyndon B. Johnson  (ISBN-10: 1680485156 | ISBN-13: 9781680485158)

Lyndon B. Johnson, thrust unexpectedly into the presidency after John F. Kennedy's assassination, ushered in a new wave of civil rights and launched a war against poverty. Though his experience as Senate majority leader helped ensure the passage of much of his domestic agenda, his administration was soon hampered by the ongoing war in Vietnam. By 1968, with the country embroiled in race riots as well as antiwar protests, Johnson declined to run for a second full term. This biography explores how a son of Texas pioneers became a bold champion of civil rights and embattled commander in chief.

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Pivotal Presidents: Profiles in Leadership: Richard Nixon  (ISBN-10: 1680485164 | ISBN-13: 9781680485165)

During his presidency, Nixon arranged talks to end the Vietnam War, reestablished diplomatic relations with China, reformed welfare, and established the EPA. Despite his policy achievements, his presidency was undone by his role in covering up the Watergate scandal. In this book, readers will encounter a Richard Nixon of great complexity, a leader whose substantial political achievements were undone by deeply human weaknesses and failures of judgment.

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Jeff Gordon in the Community  (ISBN-10: 1622751914 | ISBN-13: 9781622751914)

In the 1990s, NASCAR racing star Jeff Gordon became a household name for his extraordinary wins on the track. Today he is equally well known for his charitable work with the Jeff Gordon Children’s Foundation. This book takes an in-depth look at Gordon’s successful efforts to raise funding for cancer research, as well as the construction of pediatric hospitals and health facilities. Packed with colorful photographs and “Star Stats,” this book shows readers how this sports star is making a difference behind the wheel and out in the community.

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Derek Jeter in the Community  (ISBN-10: 1622751868 | ISBN-13: 9781622751860)

Even during his first outstanding rookie season in Major League Baseball, Derek Jeter was determined to channel his burgeoning success into helping the community. This book explores the ways in which one of the world's top-performing baseball stars has become a role model by practicing what he preaches—eating well and exercising, avoiding drugs and alcohol, and working hard to achieve success. Readers will learn all about Jeter’s Turn 2 Foundation, which supports programs that encourage physical fitness and good values. All in all, this book shows the rewards that come from an athlete giving back.

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Peyton & Eli Manning in the Community  (ISBN-10: 1622751663 | ISBN-13: 9781622751662)

Thanks to their record-breaking level of play, multiple Super Bowl wins, and numerous awards, Peyton and Eli Manning have become two of the most popular names in American football. This book chronicles the rise to fame of these football legends, as well as the ways in which they have used their success to give back to the community. Shots of the brothers in action—on the playing field and performing charitable work—and offset facts about their lives and careers help illustrate the hard work and responsibilities that come with great success.

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Kevin Durant in the Community  (ISBN-10: 1622751817 | ISBN-13: 9781622751815)

Raised in a poor area of Washington, D.C., Kevin Durant is a true example of how studying and working hard can lead to great success in sports. As a role model for basketball fans nationwide, Durant works with several charities and manages the Kevin Durant Family Foundation, which works with kids from disadvantaged backgrounds and single-parent families. This book, complete with “Star Stats” and a timeline of achievements, celebrates Durant’s charitable activities and basketball success.

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Robert Griffin III in the Community  (ISBN-10: 1622751760 | ISBN-13: 9781622751761)

One of the most outstanding features of Robert Griffin III’s football career has been his commitment to personally connecting with his fans. From his earliest days with the Washington Redskins, RG3, as Griffin has been nicknamed, has conducted himself in such a way as to become a popular role model. He promotes healthy physical lifestyles, strong spiritual faith and values, and a commitment to giving time to others in need. This book highlights one athlete’s inspiring commitment to success, showing how strength of character goes a long when toward making a difference.

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Venus & Serena Williams in the Community  (ISBN-10: 162275171X | ISBN-13: 9781622751716)

The story of the Williams sisters is an inspirational tale of two driven young women who overcame racism, classism, and sexism in their fight to excel in the world of sports. In this image-packed book, readers will discover how Venus and Serena’s astounding success journey is tied to their charitable efforts with organizations such as the Ronald McDonald House and the Haiti Earthquake Disaster Relief Fund. “Star Stats” and a timeline of achievements highlight these tennis stars’ accomplishments both on and off the court.

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Aung San Suu Kyi  (ISBN-10: 162275431X | ISBN-13: 9781622754311)

Aung San Suu Kyi was born to lead. Following in the footsteps of her dissident father, Aung San, she has resisted the machinations of a corrupt government for years and paid dearly for it. In a largely biographical format, this book details Aung's rise as an opposition leader in Myanmar (formerly Burma), telling the story of a woman who willingly sacrificed her freedoms for those of her people. Background information and notable moments in her struggle are called out in boxed inserts.

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Bill and Hillary Clinton  (ISBN-10: 1622754263 | ISBN-13: 9781622754267)

Few political figures are as polarizing as Bill and Hillary Clinton. This power couple has generated fiercely mixed reactions since their first appearance on the political stage. A new Clinton era may be dawning, as Hillary again tests the waters for a presidential bid. Uncovering all the layers of myth, rumor, spin, and talk-radio takedowns, this examination is clear-eyed and calm, objectively reviewing the origins, rise, near fall, and reemergence of the world's most influential couple. It is a fascinating tale of hard work, ambition, idealism and calculation, political might and human weakness and, ultimately, the enduring strength of family.

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Pope Francis  (ISBN-10: 1622754468 | ISBN-13: 9781622754465)

As leader of the Roman Catholic Church, the pope is the most visible spiritual leader in the world. The first non-European leader of the church in more than 1,200 years, Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio of Argentina was elected pope in 2013. Taking the name Francis, the new pope has captivated the world with messages of justice, tolerance, and concern for the poor. This accessible biography tells Pope Francis's life story, tracing his path to this important role in the church and on the world stage. It discusses his compassionate acts and efforts to bring about change, which have created excitement about the church's future.

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The Dalai Lama  (ISBN-10: 1622754417 | ISBN-13: 9781622754410)

From his humble beginnings to his worldwide fame, the still-humble Dalai Lama, originally from Tibet, is an inspiration to many, Buddhist and non-Buddhist alike. Full of fascinating facts, this engaging book chronicles the life, achievements, awards, teachings, and ideals of this gifted and devoted promoter of peace and political independence—most notably for the people of Tibet, who remain under the control of the Chinese government. Though he himself remains exiled from Tibet, the Dalai Lama does all he can on the world stage to make the plight of his people known. This is the inspiring story of a uniquely passionate freedom fighter, political leader, public conscience, and spiritual guide.

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Bill and Melinda Gates  (ISBN-10: 1622754514 | ISBN-13: 9781622754519)

The names Bill and Melinda Gates are often in the headlines, whether it's for the newest Microsoft innovation or, more recently, for their inspiring philanthropic donations and endeavors. This book offers young readers a lively, accessible overview of the lives of these high-profile leaders, including their formative years, their accomplishments, and their astounding but thoughtful charitable contributions. This biography introduces readers to the upbringing and personalities of both Bill and Melinda, and explains how they work tirelessly as a team to improve the lives of the less fortunate around the world.

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Sonia Sotomayor  (ISBN-10: 1622754360 | ISBN-13: 9781622754366)

Rising out of poverty to become the third female and first Hispanic associate justice of the United States Supreme Court, Sonia Sotomayor truly embodies the American dream. Her journey from a housing project to the Ivy League and then through all three levels of the federal court system has inspired countless individuals across the country. Even in the midst of her successes, Sotomayor has made time to reach out to various communities to help ensure that all have equal opportunities for success. Readers will learn about her incredible life story and her contributions to both the legal system and the world outside of the courts.

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Who Discovered DNA?  (ISBN-10: 162513312X | ISBN-13: 9781625133120)

As part of the Breakthroughs in Science and Technology series, Who Discovered DNA? explores the fascinating advances that have been made in the study of DNA and genetics.

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Who Discovered Natural Selection?  (ISBN-10: 1625133138 | ISBN-13: 9781625133137)

As part of the Breakthroughs In Science And Technology series, Who Discovered Natural Selection? explains how scientists worked out the way in which living things evolve.

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Who Invented The Automobile?  (ISBN-10: 1625133146 | ISBN-13: 9781625133144)

As part of the Breakthroughs In Science And Technology series, Who Invented The Automobile? looks back at the history of the automobile, a machine that we could not imagine living without today.

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Who Invented The Computer?  (ISBN-10: 1625133154 | ISBN-13: 9781625133151)

As part of the Breakthroughs In Science And Technology series, Who Invented The Computer? looks back at the long history of computers and shows how the digital world in which we live today was created.

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Who Invented The Periodic Table?  (ISBN-10: 1625133162 | ISBN-13: 9781625133168)

As part of the Breakthroughs In Science And Technology series, Who Invented The Periodic Table? tells the fascinating story of the philosophers, chemists, and other scientists from ancient times to today who have contributed to the discovery of all the known elements in our universe.

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Who Split The Atom?  (ISBN-10: 1625133170 | ISBN-13: 9781625133175)

As part of the Breakthroughs In Science And Technology series, Who Split The Atom? explores the ways in which scientists uncovered the secrets of atoms, the tiny particles of matter that make up our world.

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