Concise but information-packed biographies grace these pages, detailing the lives and life's work of hundreds of leading individuals from an assortment of disciplines. Readers will get to know the foremost minds within technology, medicine, military, religion, and entertainment. Each figure’s life and accomplishments are put into context, showing how their contributions changed the world we live in. In addition, each title offers a comprehensive index, complementary visuals, and behind-the-scenes details that reveal the very human nature behind famous personalities. Biographies of major influencers will engage readers. Comprehensive treatment—the most important figures in each field are covered, from ancient times to the 21st century and the present moment and a highly useful reference tool, but each potted biography is so compelling and filled with fascinating detail that students will find themselves reading each book cover-to-cover.