Britannica Bookshelf: Great Lives for Young Americans / Compton Bookshelf: Great Lives / Bookshelf for Young Americans
Published by Encyclopædia 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
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Cover Title Author Publication date
Advancing the Electronic Age: Lee de Forest Advancing the Electronic Age: Lee de Forest Wollheim, Donald 1962
Around the World Underwater With: Captain Edward L. Beach Around the World Underwater With: Captain Edward L. Beach Becker, Beril 1961
Building the Bank of America: A.P. Giannini Building the Bank of America: A.P. Giannini Rink, Paul 1963
Building the House of Labor: Walter Reuther Building the House of Labor: Walter Reuther Cook, Fred J. 1963
Conquering Antarctica: Admiral Richard E. Byrd Conquering Antarctica: Admiral Richard E. Byrd Rink, Paul 1961
Creating New and Better Plants: Luther Burbank Creating New and Better Plants: Luther Burbank Bacon, Paul 1961
Educating for Democracy: Horace Mann Educating for Democracy: Horace Mann Treichler, Jessie 1962
Engineering Space Exploration: Robert Gilruth Engineering Space Exploration: Robert Gilruth Waters, Frank 1963
Entertaining the World: P.T. Barnum Entertaining the World: P.T. Barnum Cook, Fred J. 1962
Exploring the Sky and Sea: Auguste & Jacques Piccard Exploring the Sky and Sea: Auguste & Jacques Piccard Malkus, Alida Sims 1961
Fighting for Justice: John Marshall Fighting for Justice: John Marshall Cook, Fred J. 1961
Forging an Empire: Queen Elizabeth Forging an Empire: Queen Elizabeth Linington, Elizabeth 1961
Informing a Nation: Horace Greeley Informing a Nation: Horace Greeley Allen, Edward 1962
Leading the Lawmakers: Sam Rayburn Leading the Lawmakers: Sam Rayburn Allen, Edward 1963
Living Architecture: Frank Lloyd Wright Living Architecture: Frank Lloyd Wright Ransohoff, Doris 1962
Making Music: Leonard Bernstein Making Music: Leonard Bernstein Bernstein, Shirley 1960
Making Poems for America: Robert Frost Making Poems for America: Robert Frost Munson, Gorham 1962
Painting America's Wildlife: John James Audubon Painting America's Wildlife: John James Audubon Stevenson, Janet 1961
Photographing History: Mathew Brady Photographing History: Mathew Brady Komroff, Manuel 1962
Putting Electrons to Work: David Sarnoff Putting Electrons to Work: David Sarnoff Tebbel, John 1963
Rallying a Free People: Theodore Roosevelt Rallying a Free People: Theodore Roosevelt Cook, Fred J. 1961
Remaking Modern Fiction: Ernest Hemingway Remaking Modern Fiction: Ernest Hemingway Rink, Paul 1962
Revealing the Human Heart: Pearl S. Buck Revealing the Human Heart: Pearl S. Buck Spencer, Cornelia 1964
Selling Door to Door: Alfred C. Fuller Selling Door to Door: Alfred C. Fuller Allen, Edward 1964
Shaping a New World: Margaret Mead Shaping a New World: Margaret Mead Moss, Allyn 1963
Singing for the World: Marian Anderson Singing for the World: Marian Anderson Stevenson, Janet 1963
Soldier of Peace: Dag Hammarskjold Soldier of Peace: Dag Hammarskjold Hershey, Burnet 1961
Striving to be Champion: Babe Didrikson Zaharias Striving to be Champion: Babe Didrikson Zaharias Miller, Helen Markley 1961
Vanquishing Yellow Fever: Walter Reed Vanquishing Yellow Fever: Walter Reed Dolan, Jr., Edward F. 1962
Writing About The Frontier: Mark Twain Writing About The Frontier: Mark Twain Rikhoff, Jean 1961