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Reviewed by Tiffany Ferrell for Readers' Favorite
In 12 Immigrants Who Made American Politics Great, we are introduced to a number of people who have served America successfully. Some we know and others we aren’t so aware of. From Madeleine Albright to Arnold Schwarzenegger, we discover their ethnic roots and the achievements they made in becoming part of the United States Government. These twelve people came from all walks of life, whether it was fleeing from Nazi-occupied Europe as children, or escaping war-torn Somalia to became instrumental individuals in fighting for the rights of U.S. citizens.
I think that author Diane Gimpel did an amazing job with this book. It was really informative and contained many facts that I didn’t know. This book might have been created for children but I believe that adults can read it as well to further their knowledge on immigrant politicians in the United States. It’s also presented in a very straightforward way with each person discussed having two pages to themselves with a small biography. This makes it easy for children to follow but also discusses a topic that interests adults.
I also like how it focused on many people from a vast variety of cultural backgrounds. Some facts were completely new to me; like how Jerry Springer was from England originally. I definitely didn’t expect that, as well as Henry Kissinger fleeing Germany when he was fifteen. It just shows the reader that America is a melting pot of many people from different countries and walks of life. It also shows the reader that you can come to the US and become anything you wish to be. The opportunities are endless. Diane Gimpel's 12 Immigrants Who Made American Politics Great is a part of a series dedicated to American immigrant achievements and now I am eager to read the others to find out more fun facts.