Two miserable presidents : everything your schoolbooks didn't tell you about the Civil War
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|Mahnomen Public Library||J 973.7 SHE (Text)||33500009971714||Main||Available||-|
- ISBN: 1596433205
- ISBN: 9781596433205
246 p. : ill., maps ; 23 cm.
- Edition: 1st Roaring Brook Press ed.
- Publisher: New York : Roaring Brook Press, 2008.
|Bibliography, etc. Note:||Includes bibliographical references (p. 219-226) and index.|
|Summary, etc.:||True facts and stories that you won't find in text books about the American Civil War.|
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- Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2008 April #2
Chatty and accessible, this book does double duty: it introduces Civil War history for readers who don't know much about it and supplies browsable commentary for those familiar with the big picture. Although Sheinkin apologizes for the dull textbooks he used to write in an author's note, his experiences give him the authority to tell the history from the inside, and he supports his material with an extensive array of source notes. His background also gives him a store of lively, interesting anecdotes, which appear here. Beginning with a look at the role cotton played in the history, his fast-paced narrative is broken into short, tersely titled vignettes ("Brother against brother?" "The bloody road to Richmond"). There's no in-depth analysis, but that doesn't equate with simplistic. The horrors of slavery and battlefield slaughter are clear, as are achievements of Harriet Tubman, Frederick Douglass, John Brown, and many more. Although the illustrations were not available at the time of this review, the informational content easily pushes this into the recommended category. Copyright 2008 Booklist Reviews.
Steve Sheinkin is the award-winning author of several fascinating books on American history, includingThe Notorious Benedict Arnold, which won the YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults, the Boston Globe/Horn Book Award for nonfiction, and received three starred reviews; andBomb, a National Book Award finalist and recipient of five starred reviews. He lives in Saratoga Springs, NY.