We have been learning about men and women in history, such as George Washington and Benjamin Franklin, since we started kindergarten. "American Heroes" by Edmund Morgan includes these famous gentlemen, and then some. He focuses hardcore on the Puritans. Quakers, witches, society, sex, etc.
I was pleasantly surprised to find people that I have never heard of enclosed in this book. Not that the popular ones aren't important, but we have learned about them for forever, it's time to take a look into the ones who were behind the scenes. For example: the genius Perry Miller, and the case against Anne Hutchinson who bravely stood up to the Puritan Church.
Pick up this book, even if it's just for the fact that you will learn something new about someone new.