Heroes: Great Men Through the Ages by Rebecca Hazeli covers a period of history from 470 BC to 1986. That's an enormous period of time to pick out only a few people to write about. These important people also cover a variety of cultures. Because of this, some are not immediately familiar. But, that is also an important thing to remember about our world. A person who stands out in one culture might not have significance in another. So, if you'd like to learn about some leaders across time and continents, you might try this book.
We have two different books that feature 100 leaders. The first is just a small volume titled, 100 World Leaders Who Shaped World History. It is written by Kathleen Paparchontis. This book covers a period of history from 2500 BC to more modern times. If you want just an introduction to a lot of different people, this book could be the one for you. The other book of 100 is called The 100: A Ranking of The Most Influential Persons in History by Michael H.Hart This book ranks 100 people according to their influence on history. You may not agree with all of the rankings, but the book offers a lot of history and even adds a list of honorable mentions.
The final book that I will mention today brings us a little farther into the modern day. It is Great Leaders by Brian Mooney. It organizes the leaders by what type of influence they had on history. There are statesmen, military commanders, reformers, national liberators, and revolutionaries. Again, some of the names are more recognizable than others, but they all influenced history.
It is interesting to think about the different categories from the last book. How will the history makers of our day fit in? When an author is choosing who to include, what criteria will they use? Who will we see living on in the history books of the future?