Britannica Bookshelf: Great Lives for Young Americans / Compton Bookshelf: Great Lives / Bookshelf for Young Americans
Published by Encyclopędia Britannica Press
30 Total Books

Pushing back the frontiers of science... working for a better world... changing the course of history... these are but a few of the experiences that await young readers in the GREAT LIVES Series of biographies.

Through these stories of adventure, dedication, and success, young people will be able to understand and appreciate the qualities that have made men and women great.

Each of these full-length biographies has been carefully researched and written especially for readers in the junior high school age group and older. Authors for the GREAT LIVES Series have been chosen for their knowledge of the subject and their understanding of young adult interests.

Description taken from the book Revealing the Human Heart: Pearl S. Buck

Note: This series was simultaneously published by three different publishers, and given four different names.

  • Encyclopedia Britannica Press published these books under two different names: "Britannica Bookshelf - Great Lives" and "Britannica Bookshelf - Great Lives for Young Americans". They will either say "Britannica Books" or "Encyclopedia Britannica Press" on the spine. They have red covers stamped with either "Britannica Bookshelf" on the front in gold or just plain with gold stars.
  • Kingston House published these books and called the series "Bookshelf for Young Americans". They will say "Kingston House" on the spine. They have turquoise cloth covers.
  • F.E. Compton & Company published these books and called the series "Compton's Bookshelf - Great Lives". They will say "F.E. Compton & Company" on the spine. They have red covers stamped with stars and the name "Compton Bookshelf" on the front in gold.

These books are all identical in content, and even the dust jackets look the same. We love this series because there are quite a few great authors that contributed and many of the subjects chosen are not seen in other series.

Encyclopedia Britannica Press
Encyclopedia Britannica Press
Encyclopedia Britannica Press
Encyclopedia Britannica Press
Compton's Bookshelf
Compton's Bookshelf
Compton's Bookshelf
Kingston House
Kingston House
Example page
Example page

Books in this Series

Advancing the Electronic Age: Lee de Forest
Around the World Underwater With: Captain Edward L. Beach
Building the Bank of America: A.P. Giannini
Building the House of Labor: Walter Reuther
Conquering Antarctica: Admiral Richard E. Byrd
Creating New and Better Plants: Luther Burbank
Educating for Democracy: Horace Mann
Engineering Space Exploration: Robert Gilruth
Entertaining the World: P.T. Barnum
Exploring the Sky and Sea: Auguste & Jacques Piccard
Fighting for Justice: John Marshall
Forging an Empire: Queen Elizabeth
Informing a Nation: Horace Greeley
Leading the Lawmakers: Sam Rayburn
Living Architecture: Frank Lloyd Wright
Making Music: Leonard Bernstein
Making Poems for America: Robert Frost
Painting America's Wildlife: John James Audubon
Photographing History: Mathew Brady
Putting Electrons to Work: David Sarnoff
Rallying a Free People: Theodore Roosevelt
Remaking Modern Fiction: Ernest Hemingway
Revealing the Human Heart: Pearl S. Buck
Selling Door to Door: Alfred C. Fuller
Shaping a New World: Margaret Mead
Singing for the World: Marian Anderson
Soldier of Peace: Dag Hammarskjold
Striving to be Champion: Babe Didrikson Zaharias
Vanquishing Yellow Fever: Walter Reed
Writing About The Frontier: Mark Twain