School Library Journal - School Library JournalGr 4-8-These two biographies include explanations of what motivated these individuals to create awards that would honor achievers for generations to come. Bankston presents an interesting look at the life of Alfred Nobel, and the odd incident (reading his own obituary) that made him consider the legacy he wished to leave-he did not want to be remembered only as the inventor of dynamite and a "merchant of death." In the second book, readers learn that the Pulitzer Prize came from the passion of Joseph Pulitzer, his commitment to the profession of journalism, and the fact that he was inspired by Nobel's endowment. Both of these books are concise and well organized, providing enough information for assignments, but not enough depth to make them truly engaging. However, both authors tend to make subtle assumptions about their subjects' feelings and reactions without citing sources. The full-color photos and reproductions are well reproduced but not always relevant. There are no other recent works that take the perspective of this series, and as introductions to these prominent men, these books are serviceable purchases.-Laura Reed, Kitchener Public Library, Ontario, Canada Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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