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American Heroes: Everyday People Changing the World is a groundbreaking visual book introducing the stories and causes of 50 courageous individuals who have made an astonishing difference in the lives of others. From environmental activists who have rallied the support of hundreds of volunteers to bring such necessities as clean drinking water, economic support, and urgent medical care to third world countries, to educational leaders who are using their gifts to elevate the opportunities of the poor and disadvantaged, to crusaders of equal rights and women’s advocacy, and many more.
First-person narratives, written by Katrina Fried, share a unique view into the journeys of these heroes and their causes. These are stories of tenacity, passion, innovation, and daring, of regular people who’ve made an exceptional impact on those in need, often at great personal or financial sacrifice. The books features the astonishing story of Nancy Lubin, who as a young law student in 1998 inherited $5000 from her grandmother and with it founded Dress for Success, and organization that has grown to help millions of disadvantaged women re-enter the work force, and Susan Roshi who after 15 years in and out of the justice system rehabilitated herself and started A New Way of Life, which provides housing and support services to formerly incarcerated women in South Central Los Angeles, facilitating a successful transition back to community life, to Robert Bullard, often called the “father of environmental justice”, Eve Ensler, a playwright and activist to end violence against women, and Scott Harrison, who spent ten years living the lavish life of a party promoter in New York, when he suddenly decided to give it all up to found charity: water, an organization which has now brought clean drinking water to nearly a million people in developing nations around the world.
As he did in the award-winning book American Farmer, photographer Paul Mobley brings a grace and epic quality to these portraits of extraordinary “ordinary” heroes. Traveling the country to capture his subjects where they live and work, Mobley has created a body of images that harnesses the universal spirit and energy of giving, yet each individual portrait is as unique as its subject.