ON-Lion Letter
What makes someone a hero?  Is it fame, power, money, creative talent, athletic ability, good looks?  Despite what our culture typically celebrates, none of those things makes a hero.

No, heroism springs from character, the critical element that defines a person.  The good news is that character is something every one of us can mold; it is simply the sum of the choices we make as we face new challenges and opportunities.

And here's even better news:  Lawrence W. Reed's new lively and accessible book Real Heroes:  Inspiring Stories of Courage, Character, and Conviction gives you real, flesh-and-blood models of heroes -- men and women you won't just admire, but also can emulate.

Reed is president of the Foundation for Economic Education (FEE).  The book is co-published by FEE and the Intercollegiate Studies Institute (ISI).  The Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation in Milwaukee supports both FEE and ISI.

Reed's subjects in Real Heroes range far and wide -- from major historical figures to remarkable people you've never heard of; from the distant past to the present; from the United States, to Europe, to Asia; from statesmen to scientists, athletes to inventors, entrepreneurs to theologians, writers to teachers.  They include:  the 19th Century American educator who was vilified and threatened for daring to teach black girls; the unsung British activist who fought for decades to end slavery; the courageous Cambodian who alerted the world to Pol Pot's killing fields; and the Polish soldier who volunteered to go to the notorious concentration camp Auschwitz to expose Nazi brutality and defend the liberty of his people.

Concise and compelling, Real Heroes highlights memorable quotations from each hero and features a bulleted summary of lessons at the end of each profile. 

We desperately need more heroes today.  America is a country with a proud history of heroes, but now it seems we've forgotten more of them than we're producing.

It's time to change that.  And Real Heroes is here to help.
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