Reality doesn’t match the little orange books

Like this columnist, I loved the little orange biographies — formally the Childhood of Famous Americans series. Like him, I developed unrealistic standards for national leaders.

I checked the series on Amazon and discovered Albert Einstein (Young Thinker) is listed as a Famous American, even though his childhood took place in Germany. Well, he ended up as an American.

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  1. Yeah, Einstein’s from Jersey. Just like Rachmaninoff.