Demonstration of economic achievement in these biographies is evidence of its status value; it is significant that most of the titles assigned to the biographees
(and if not chosen, at least accepted by them) indicate such achievement.
MsWilliamson added: "The majority of Who's Who biographees
are included in recognition of the distinction they have attained in their professional lives, and the influence they exert on British society, ranging from politicians and academics to musicians and film directors.
The Online Dictionary of Library and Information Science (ODLIS) (Reitz, 2006) defines the term biographical dictionary as "a single-volume reference work or set of reference books containing biographical essays about the lives of actual people, sometimes limited to biographees
who are deceased.
expanded the roles of women, challenged racist attitudes, entered political life, prodded government to attend to medical and educational needs, and wrote books.
Moll Cutpurse shares with other criminal biographees
a sharp political awareness and a keen sense of justice.
According to a statement on the book jacket, more than half of these biographees
are covered in neither Baker's Biographical Dictionary of Music and Musicians - the edition is unspecified - nor The New Grove Dictionary of American Music (London: Macmillan, 1986).
He omits incest from his account and attempts to dissuade the biographees
(readers of biography) from thinking that Byron could be guilty of such perversion.
The Marquis "Who's Who" biographees
generally concurred that the keys to success in their professional or business careers have been hard work (76 percent), education (72 percent) and intelligence/ability (69 percent).
Among the biographees
included in Volume XX of Who Was Who in America are: the "King of Pop" Michael Jackson, iconic director John Hughes, actress Farrah Fawcett, the "most trusted man in America" Walter Cronkite, memoirist Frank McCourt, renowned historian John Hope Franklin, "Golden Girl" Bea Arthur, NFL MVP-winning quarterback Steve McNair, celebrated novelist John Updike, former Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara, Ricardo Montalban of TVs "Fantasy Island", WV Supreme Court Justice Joseph Albright, Academy Award-winning composer Maurice Jarre, activist Marilyn French, 1996 Vice Presidential candidate Jack Kemp, and creator of the artificial kidney and heart Willem Kolff.
Then again, the authors can't force you to go in the big red book if you don't want to, especially as all the biographies are penned by the biographees
However, the nature of the works and the social status of the biographees
guarantee a degree of uniformity which largely transcends literary fashion or market forces.
This listing of 472 CEOs includes some biographees
featured in the Leadership Profile as well as many CEOs who were not included in the Leadership Profile.