If you were listening to NPR this evening you may have heard an interview on that station with Brad Meltzer, talking about this book. I just wrote and submitted for publication here a memoir piece sparked partially by that moment. I had already planned on finishing up and submitting this interview this week, but hearing him on NPR made me decide to do it soonest, so here it is.
Most people know Brad Meltzer from his thrillers and those books are good. Today, though, I want to focus on his inspiring, moving new book.
In the book's forward, Brad explains that when his first child, a boy named Jonas, was born he decided to write a book telling him about some of his personal heroes. As he mentioned on NPR he is now working on a second book, this one for his daughter, who is quite chaffed that her brother has a book but she does not. She is more impatient than his editor, he joked.
While his daughter will have to wait for "her" book, we can now check out the book for her brothers, which was released today.
This book is definitely worth reading. Obviously, it is much different than his thrillers: This one you want to read more slowly, enjoying the wonderful stories and the great quotes from the heroes selected.They are not essays but rather one page vignettes.
Are you having a day when you are feeling down about the problems in the world, from the mid-east to the oil spill? This book will inspire you, giving you hope for the future for there are always new heroes coming along.
The book, eight years in the making, has two blank pages for people to list other heroes not included. Brad is also taking advantage of the Internet with a way for people to publicize other heroes they know.
He also posted this video for his book at YouTube.
Here is my interview with Brad:
How did you decide which heroes made the cut and which didn't?
I started just collecting stories. First came this story about the Wright Brothers: Every time Orville and Wilbur Wright went out to fly their plane, they would bring enough materials for multiple crashes. That way, when they crashed, they could rebuild the plane and try again. Think about it a moment: Every time they went out — every time — they knew they were going to fail. But that’s what they did: Crash and rebuild. Crash and rebuild. And that’s why they finally took off.