Monday, February 23, 2009

What Textbooks Left Out

In confessing to how boring they can be, former textbook writer Steve Sheinkin uses real-life accounts and quotes to write an attention-holding and readable account of the Civil War, with focus on Presidents James Buchanan and Abraham Lincoln. His book further shares a review of what happened to the key players after the war, interesting source notes, resources for further study, an end list of all quotes in the book and their sources, and an exhaustive index.

Two Miserable Presidents: Everything Your Schoolbooks Didn't Tell You About the Civil War
by Steve Sheinkin
Illustrated by Tim Robinson
2008, Roaring Brook Press
264 pages, recommended for ages 9 to 12
ISBN 9781596433205 $19.95

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