Wednesday, January 5, 2011

The Battle of Nashville by Benson Bobrick

Subtitle:  General George H. Thomas & The Most Decisive Battle of the Civil War.

Alfred A Knopf Books for Young Readers sent me a copy of this hardcover for young adults for review (thank you).  The book is currently available at your local bookstore.

I've read many books about the civil war, visited Gettysburg (that will send chills down your spine) and wasn't sure what I might find new in this book.

The author does an excellent job of inserting a lot illustrations, maps, and photos to help keep young readers on their way through the story.  I have to admit his presentation of facts made me view the Civil War battles in a totally new way. 

We all know about Grant and his drinking problem and what a warrior he was at battle.  Grant's soldiers were tools - and no more than that.  He and Thomas had disagreements about how to treat the soldiers and how to fight the war.  But when it came right down it, General Thomas was the one that broke the back of the war effort from the south.

They will learn why the war was fought, about Lincoln's actions, and about the terrible toll it took on the land and the people of our country.  They also have Lincoln's first and second addresses and excerpts of constitutional amendments made during this time.

This was a very important time in US history, and this book is wonderfully designed to show it off in a format that is attractive to young ones and gives them enough facts to develop discussion and perhaps additional reading about the subject matter.

This is a great book for homeschoolers and teachers, as well as parents who wish to encourage learning.  I hated reading history when I was younger.  If I had a book like this, it would have been much more fun!  I highly recommend this book.

Visit your local bookstore and look it over.  It's so nicely done I'm sure you'll want to pick up a copy for a young one in your life.

Happy reading!

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