A Century of Heroes

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A Century of Heroes profiles more than 100 medal recipients: ordinary men, women, and children who undertook extraordinary acts to save the lives of others. It also reveals the tireless efforts of investigators who roamed the United States and Canada, collecting data on the hundreds of nominations received each year for consideration and conducting thousands of interviews with rescuers, witnesses, and individuals whose lives were saved. Their maps, diagrams, and marked-up photographs, many included in this ...
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A Century of Heroes profiles more than 100 medal recipients: ordinary men, women, and children who undertook extraordinary acts to save the lives of others. It also reveals the tireless efforts of investigators who roamed the United States and Canada, collecting data on the hundreds of nominations received each year for consideration and conducting thousands of interviews with rescuers, witnesses, and individuals whose lives were saved. Their maps, diagrams, and marked-up photographs, many included in this volume, illustrate the high standards and strict requirements imposed by the Commission to ensure that a Carnegie Medal recipient truly deserves the appellation "hero." Only about one in 10 nominees is selected for recognition.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780822958666
  • Publisher: University of Pittsburgh Press
  • Publication date: 10/28/2004
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 7.28 (w) x 11.90 (h) x 0.56 (d)

Table of Contents

President's message 11
The day the valley wept 14
Andrew Carnegie 25
Deed of trust 34
The first hero 36
Thread for a web 41
The Carnegie Medal 61
Everyman heroes 62
The hero hunters 70
A band of brothers 82
U.S. Journal : Long Island hero investigator 89
The remarkable Jimmie Dyess 105
Casting a safety net : the beneficiaries 111
Twice a hero 124
A century of heroes 137
On the brink 202
Why do they do it? 212
Carnegie's European hero funds 223
Heroes and the fourth estate 227
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