In 1982, Ronald Reagan invited Lenny Skutnick, the govt. worker who dove into the icy waters of the Potomac River to rescue passengers following the crash of Air Florida Flight ninety, to sit down with First woman Nancy Reagan in the home of Representatives balcony through the kingdom of the Union handle. on the grounds that that point, Reagan and next presidents have chanced on it worthwhile to acknowledge in the course of significant presidential addresses usual electorate liable for striking acts of citizenship. during this booklet, Stephen Frantzich tells the interesting tales of 40 heroes who've earned this presidential acceptance and explores the bigger context of whether or not they characterize a presidential gimmick or a touchstone with the yank spirit. Taken jointly, the tales of ways they acquired there, their selection to permit themselves for use as symbols, and the effect of the popularity tells greatly concerning the presidency, politics, and the position of heroes in American society.
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