Two Miserable Presidents: Everything Your Schoolbooks Didn't Tell You About the Civil War

Two Miserable Presidents: Everything Your Schoolbooks Didn't Tell You About the Civil War by Steve Sheinkin 1250075785 9781250075789
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New York Times bestselling author and Newbery Honor recipient Steve Sheinkin gives young readers the causes and curses that divided America into Union and Confederate nations in Two Miserable Presidents: The Amazing, Terrible, and Totally True Story of the Civil War, illustrated by Tim Robinson.

A Bank Street Best Childrens Book of the Year
A Beacon of Freedom Award Winner

Get the feeling something big is about to happen? Welcome to the Civil War--one of the scariest, saddest, and occasionally wackiest stories in American History.

: Northern and Southern settlers attack each other in Kansas.
1858: Congressmen start sneaking guns and knives into the Senate chamber.
1860: President James Buchanan is heard wailing, "I am the last president of the United States!"

Unraveling a very complicated string of events--the small things, the personal ones, the big issues--Steve Sheinkin takes readers behind the scenes that led to The Civil War. It is a time and a war that threatened Americas very existence, revealed in the surprising true stories of the soldiers and statesmen who battled it out.

"Chatty and accessible, this book does double duty: it introduces Civil War history for readers who dont know much about it and supplies browsable commentary for those familiar with the big picture...Beginning with a look at the role cotton played in the history, his fast-paced narrative is broken into short, tersely titled vignettes...The horrors of slavery and battlefield slaughter are clear, as are achievements of Harriet Tubman, Frederick Douglass, John Brown, and many more." --Booklist

Also by Steve Sheinkin:

Bomb: The Race to Build--and Steal--the Worlds Most Dangerous Weapon
The Notorious Benedict Arnold: A True Story of Adventure, Heroism & Treachery
The Port Chicago 50: Disaster, Mutiny, and the Fight for Civil Rights
Undefeated: Jim Thorpe and the Carlisle Indian School Football Team
Most Dangerous: Daniel Ellsberg and the Secret History of the Vietnam War
Which Way to the Wild West?: Everything Your Schoolbooks Didnt Tell You About Westward Expansion
King George: What Was His Problem?: Everything Your Schoolbooks Didnt Tell You About the American Revolution
Born to Fly: The First Womens Air Race Across America

Author: Steve Sheinkin

Language: English

Binding: Paperback

Pages: 272

Publisher: Square Fish

Publication Date: 2015-09-22

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