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Americans Who Tell The Truth / by Robert Shetterly


Title: Americans Who Tell The Truth
Author and Illustrator: Robert Shetterly
Publisher:  Puffin Books
ISBN:  978-0-14-241108-7
Year: 2008 (paperback)

Concepts: human resources, poverty, wants and needs, natural resources, economic role of government

Review:  With his portraits, quotes, and biographies of fifty Americans who made the world a better place, Robert Shetterly has created a unique book that will encourage children and adults to dream big and strive for social justice. The pages of Americans Who Tell the Truth contain fifty stunning portraits that Shetterly painted himself in the wake of the 9/11 attacks as he sought to find meaning and hope in the work of influential activists, leaders, writers, artists, critics, and educators.  Refreshingly, the author takes a highly inclusive approach across race, gender, age, class, ethnicity, and sexuality as he uses a multifaceted lens to approach this work. 

An inspirational quotation from each person’s work accompanies his or her portrait, and brief, carefully-researched biographies in the back provide the reader with more information about the person’s vision and contribution. Woven throughout the book are important economics themes, given that many of the featured individuals fought to advance worker rights, promote the conservation of natural resources, eliminate poverty, end discrimination, advocate for economic justice, and foster social responsibility among businesses. 

Review by:
 Rutgers University Project on Economics and Children

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