|About the Book|
Published under the auspices of the American Council of Learned Societies The 20-volume set records the lives of 19,173 celebrated women and men who have made significant contributions to American life. Included are 19,173 biographies covering peoples who died through 1980 in 10 base volumes and 10 supplements. In addition, a comprehensive index to the entire set is available. Explorers, artists, scientists, inventors, business leaders, criminals, political figures, diplomats, and outstanding individuals from over 700 fields of endeavor are chronicled in signed biographies by specialists.