The Britannica Guide to the 100 Most Influential Americans
Here the reader will find the stories of one hundred people
who have played crucial roles in the march of American
civilization, from the colonial period to the present. In fact,
there are 106 individuals discussed in this book, since the
contribution of some of them is difficult to separate from that
of another person (as in the case of Wilbur and Orville Wright,
who, in the volume that follows, constitute a single entry).
These biographies form an impressive and in many ways
an incongruous group, spanning the ages, from the stern
eighteenth-century Puritan Jonathan Edwards to the jaunty
and dynamic duo of Larry Page and Sergey Brin, founders of
Google, who may have only begun to leave their mark on
America and the world.