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1. Exploring the Titanic: Scott Foresman
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2. A Dream of Freedom: The Civil
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3. Children's History of the 20th
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4. LIFE: Our Century in Pictures
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5. State Shapes : Texas
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6. Holt World History: The Human
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7. The Big Dig : Reshaping an American
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8. The Cold War (20th Century Perspectives)
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9. The Century for Young People
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12. After the Holocaust
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13. Scams!: Ten Stories That Explore
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14. On This Spot : An Expedition Back
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15. The Sinking Of The Titanic (Graphic
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16. Titanic : Ghosts of the Abyss
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1. Exploring the Titanic: Scott Foresman Reading Classroom Library (Time Quest Book)
by Robert D. Ballard, Ken Marschall
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Asin: 0590419528
Catlog: Book (1993-07-01)
Publisher: Scholastic
Sales Rank: 73343
Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars I have always loved this book
I have been a Titanic Lover for life. I first read this book when I was 6 (I am 14 now) it is a great book if you are looking to start studying the Titanic or if you just want to know the more basic facts about her and her finding. But if you are really deep into the studies of her already then I would get "The Discovery of the Titanic". but there are many, many other great books on her (I should know I have enough to start my own Titanic bookstore ;). For the beginning Titanic studier this is the best book you can buy.

5-0 out of 5 stars Fabulous for children and their parents!
This book is a great summary of the sinking and discovery of the Titanic. My 6 year old loved it as did his parents! I recommend this book highly.

5-0 out of 5 stars A fabulous read
I first read this book almost 15 years ago, at age 5 : I loved it, and read it uncountable times. Today it is still just as fascinating. Beautifully illustrated and clearly written, it was the first of many Ballard books that I read. I would also recommend the Discovery of the Bismark and The Wreck of the Isis, just as interesting but less well known. A great way to start reading about the great ships of the past.

5-0 out of 5 stars Read about the Hole thing from the Beginning
Goes behind the Titanic. Why did the Titanic sank, why it was built, how they came up with the name Titanic etc. It has everything you need to know about the Titanic. Even has real actual pictures taken of the Titanic in the water and above.

5-0 out of 5 stars I Was Obsessed with TITANIC, and It's This Book's Fault!!!
This book is so interesting and exciting to read that after I read it, I was obsessed with the Titanic from 1997-1999. This book is a great read if you like the Titanic. I highly recommend it. ... Read more


2. A Dream of Freedom: The Civil Rights Movement From 1954 to 1968
by Diane McWhorter, Fred Shuttlesworth
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Asin: 0439576784
Catlog: Book (2004-09-01)
Publisher: Scholastic Reference
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3. Children's History of the 20th Century (DK Millennium)
by D K Publishing
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Catlog: Book (1999-10-01)
Publisher: DK Publishing Inc
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Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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At the dawn of the 20th century, a man named L. Frank Baum had just written a story about a magical land called Oz, and the Wright brothers had made the first powered flight. On the eve of the 21st century, the world is connected via the Internet, and the Spice Girls mingle with Nelson Mandela. In the intervening years the world has undergone countless dramatic changes and discoveries. Written with children in mind, this unusual, compelling volume fills in as many of the gaps as possible, revealing in journalistic articles the events that altered the course of history. Headlines from "Australia Gains Its Independence" to "Prague Is Invaded" to "King Dies, but Dream Lives On" add a sense of immediacy to past events. This comprehensive historical resource uses photos, time line panels, and special features (the Russian Revolution, the Roaring Twenties, the Great Depression, the Space Race, etc.) to unfold, year by year, the century's triumphs and defeats. In caption-style quotations interwoven throughout, children reveal their hopes for the future and memories of the past.

Beautifully designed and thoroughly researched, this big history book is a far cry from the textbooks of elementary school. Granted, it doesn't delve deeply into any one subject, but it touches thoughtfully on thousands of important topics, giving a sweeping overview of the 20th century's events, people, places, trends, and inventions. With more than 3,500 photographs and lively, dramatic writing, this addictive book truly brings history to life. (Ages 9 and older) --Emilie Coulter ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars An excellent history of modern times for young readers.
Ages 8 and older will appreciate Children's History Of The 20thCentury, a fine reference which deserves ongoing recommendation as anexcellent history of modern times. Bright contemporary color photos blend with a timeline of 20th century leaders, events, and history in an exceptional coverage.

4-0 out of 5 stars Lively and Entertaining
This is a beautifully designed book and will take readers on a lively and entertaining journey through the 20th century's events. Details are scant, but the photos make for a scrapbook effect. If you enjoy this book, then you should also look at Larry Dane Brimner's millennium book, The Official M&M's Book of the Millennium, which explains how we got to this point in time. ... Read more


4. LIFE: Our Century in Pictures for Young People
by Richard B. Stolley
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Asin: 0316815896
Catlog: Book (2000-10-01)
Publisher: Little, Brown
Sales Rank: 347188
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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The 20th century began with the invention of Kodak's Brownie camera andthe first flight by the Wright brothers and ended with Nelson Mandela's returnto political power and the deaths of John F. Kennedy Jr., Mother Teresa, andPrincess Diana. And who better to pictorially recount the events of this epochthan Life magazine? Divided not by decade, but by nine historicalclusters of years (1900-13, 1914-19, 1920-29, 1930-39, 1940-45, 1946-63,1964-75, 1976-92, 1993-99), this photographic chronicle brings to life theamazing, horrifying, poignant, and thrilling moments that made up a century.Each chapter is introduced with an essay by a distinguished children's writer,including Jane Yolen, Avi, Gary Paulsen, Patrick and Fredrick McKissack, andLois Lowry, and includes special sections called "Turning Points," which trace atrend or event from the beginning to the end of the century. Concluding eachchapter are "Requiems," in which the lives of important people who died duringthose years are recalled. But it's the more than 380 remarkable photographs fromLife magazine's archives that make this volume truly epic. Young readerswho spent only a few years in the previous century will look with awe and wonderat the pictures taken during their parents' and grandparents' time, tellingabout Woodstock, the Holocaust, Babe Ruth, Bill Gates, the discovery of atomicpower, and Sigmund Freud. From politics to art to technology to science tosocial change, this book touches on it all, and will be a tremendous resourcefor years to come. (Ages 12 and older) --Emilie Coulter ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Our Century In Picture
I think this book is a great book for kids who really would like to learn about Americas past time. It gives you detailed information about are Nation times and the up's and downs. I learned lot from this book and it has a good twist from most books.

5-0 out of 5 stars Best 20th Century Book for young people I've Seen.
I have purchased a variety of coffee table books for my exploratory/ information center at school.This is the best I've found about the 20th Century.I can easily use this for my students to show them the world of the 20th century.Especially appropriate for middle school students and higher grade elementary students.High school students could use it as well.

5-0 out of 5 stars Best 20th Century Book for young people I've Seen.
I have purchased a variety of coffee table books for my exploratory/ information center at school.This is the best I've found about the 20th Century.I can easily use this for my students to show them the world of the 20th century.Especially appropriate for middle school students and higher grade elementary students.High school students could use it as well.

5-0 out of 5 stars WOW
I received this book as a gift and was astonished by how great it actually is.It has so many wonderful pictures from the past 100 years and I feel that they explain every picture well enough so you can understand how in that time things were. I would suggest this to not just young people but to everyone so they can too learn more about the last century.

5-0 out of 5 stars Life: Our Century in Pictures for young people
I thought that this was a very goood book and that it has many very neat pictures. I received it as a gift and looked at it all day because the pictures and stories behind them. I think that if you want to learn more about the past century then this is the book for you. ... Read more


5. State Shapes : Texas
by Erik A. Bruun, Rick Peterson
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Asin: 1579121020
Catlog: Book (2000-11-13)
Publisher: Black Dog & Leventhal Pub
Sales Rank: 245069
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars This is the coolest book if you love Texas!
I just bought this book for one of the young people in my life and I am having a hard time giving it to her as I like it so much! It has really cool facts about Texas! I also like that it mentions the best university in Texas (UT) and not that other school. My only complaint is that it is a little harsh on Houston!

5-0 out of 5 stars Wish my 7th grade Texas History teacher had this one!!!
With this colorful, clever, and surprisingly informative book, history leaps off the page like a bucking bronco at the Fort Worth Rodeo. Snappy dialogue between the two cartoon characters--Sam and Meredith, your "guides" through this diverse land--cooks up an easily digestible version of Texas history without being dishonest (for example, a few paragraphs are devoted to the haunting legacy of the Native Americans who were here first). This book reads easier than cold lemonade on a sweltering day in August. You (and your kids!) will love it! ... Read more


6. Holt World History: The Human Journey : Modern World
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Asin: 0030655072
Catlog: Book (2001-12-01)
Publisher: Holt Rinehart & Winston
Sales Rank: 693422
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7. The Big Dig : Reshaping an American City
by Peter Vanderwarker
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Asin: 0316605980
Catlog: Book (2001-09-01)
Publisher: Little, Brown
Sales Rank: 30182
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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In Boston Harbor a barge maneuvers a huge floating section of a steel tunnel into place, then sets it gently onto the harbor floor.High above the Charles River workers place ten lanes of roadway on what will be the widest cable-stayed bridge in the world.Boston will never look the same.Since 1991 Boston has been the scene of the largest public construction project in American history.The Central Artery/Tunnel Project-the "Big Dig"-is the solution to problems that for decades have caused major headaches for people driving in and out of this major American city.Peter Vanderwarker takes us behind the scenes of this complex, awe-inspiring project.Informative text accompanied by remarkable photographs, illustrations, and maps explain these concepts and introduce us to some of the people who have worked on this project. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Big Dig Photography at it's best
Wonderful book for Children. Great Photography. A must for the Christmas Stocking from Santa Claus

5-0 out of 5 stars Vanderwalker King of The Big Dig
This book is so much fun to read. The photography is wonderful. Vanderwalker has such a good "eye" for beauty, even in construction.

A must buy for the kids at Christmas

5-0 out of 5 stars Bought it for a kid; kept it for myself
Living in Boston, you are constantly affected by Big Dig-related twists, turns, and upsets. One day the one-way street heads east; the next it has been re-routed west. Few of us venture into the heart of this truly amazing engineering feat, but this book shows us why we should pay more attention. Vanderwarker's spectacular photographs are thrilling to see and they give a glimpse of just why so much money has been poured into this project. We get to see things only the workers would normally see. But perhaps best of all is the glimpse it gives of cutting-edge engineering and technology. Seldom have I seen so clearly how yesterday's sci-fi has become today's "sci" and tomorrow's business as usual. ... Read more


8. The Cold War (20th Century Perspectives)
by David Taylor
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Asin: 1588103730
Catlog: Book (2001-05-01)
Publisher: Heinemann Library
Sales Rank: 231088
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9. The Century for Young People
by PETER JENNINGS, TODD BREWSTER, Jennifer Armstrong
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Asin: 0385327080
Catlog: Book (1999-09-28)
Publisher: Doubleday Books for Young Readers
Sales Rank: 346770
Average Customer Review: 3.43 out of 5 stars
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The 20th century brought seeds of change, global nightmares, years of doubt, and machine dreams. These are also some of the chapter headings of this stunning tribute to the past 100 years. Adapting the bestselling adult version of The Century, journalists Peter Jennings and Todd Brewster take an unusual approach to the overwhelming task of capturing a century in 241 pages. Rather than using a standard didactic, textbook-style method, the authors choose to focus on the lives of ordinary people--those who influenced, and were most affected by, the radical changes of the 1900s. Marty Glickman describes the effect Teddy Roosevelt had on him as a boy. Gilda Snow's father, an electrician for the 1939 New York World's Fair, took her on a "backstage" tour of the event when she was 9 years old. Inez Jessie Baskin experienced the Montgomery bus boycotts firsthand. Stacy Horn, creator of an Internet virtual community, muses on the phenomenon of online relationships. Each sumptuous spread comes alive with Life magazine-style photos (over 200 total), compelling captions, feature essays on historical events and people, and pale blue sidebars with the stories of ordinary men and women of the century. With a new introduction aimed at young readers, and a higher personal story to narrative ratio than the full-length version, this magnificent volume belongs in any family's collection. (Ages 10 and older) --Emilie Coulter ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars The Century-For Everyone
I own three timelines, and this is probably my favorite of the three. Unlike other reviewers, I don't find this book to be a chronicle of "gloom and doom" exclusively-anyone can see that events such as the invention of the car, the era of movie theaters, the 1969 Apollo flight, and the prosperity of the Fifties are covered as well in this book. The thing that I really appreciate about this book is the testimonies of people who really had a part in the events. I found it interesting to read an Indiana man's explanation of the appeal and seeming harmlessness of the Ku Klux Klan, and thought it enlightening to read a German girl's description how Hitler was allowed to "go as far" as he did in Germany. In between the numerous personal accounts of events are generous portions of factual writing. I think the authors did a great job of thoroughly describing important happenings without moving into too much overwhelming detail. This book really transcends its "ages 9-12" label-my whole family has enjoyed it and there is something new in it for everyone.

4-0 out of 5 stars From carriages to stealth bombers
This book explains everything, from Martin Luther King to Bill Gates (well maybe not everything). It contains about a page to four in one chapter about true people telling their lives during that event. This book even has stories from things about world war one. This book does not go into great detail but it does tell the story so this makes it a good history book for 3-5 graders. If you like history then i recomend this book to you.

5-0 out of 5 stars A trove of information & images kids won't find in textbooks
To relate a century's history and ideas cogently into 241 pages at a level that will involve kids is a tough task. To pull that off with photos and archival images AND first-person accounts is, to me, pretty astonishing. It would be easy to carp about what's left out, but I think this book is a square-on portrayal of the U. S. as it was. We read about the immigrant experience, the emerging technologies, the wars and injustices and what they taught us, the ascendance of movies and sports in our culture, style trends, space exploration, the dismantling of Communism. The authors take pains to show that along with the tragedies and triumphs came valuable lessons that have impact on our lives today. Events are intelligently organized and analyzed without sugar-coating. The photos and illustrations are extremely well-chosen (not the ones always trotted out in history books), and in some cases, breath-taking -- due no doubt to the authors' access to a wealth of news images. In this sense, I think the book benefits greatly from the joining of a major media figure with a respected journalist. My two boys, 9 and 12, find this endlessly fascinating, and we've had some spirited and sophisticated dinnertime conversations. This is valuable stuff and, I think, a brave book.

That said, I've read some of the previous reviews and find them baffling. Kids enjoy reading about the conflicts and drama that have led to present-day life. My own awareness of the complicated horrors and triumphs of WWII as a child, through my father's stories and literature, opened my eyes to what society is capable at its best and worst, in a way my bland textbooks never did. I agree that some of the images and text might be strong for a 9-year-old. But as a parent, I've learned several lessons: (1) common sense must be exercised; it is always a good idea to pick up the book and look through it BEFORE buying it to determine appropriateness; (2) that the term "9-to-12" is a marketing category for booksellers -- to distinguish books from, say, picture books or YA material. To hold the book accountable for being appropriate for every child in this range is plain silly; and (3) if it ain't right, wait. A 9-year-old becomes 10, 11, 12 very fast.

1-0 out of 5 stars Should be titled: A Dark Review of The Century
This book has interesting photos but the overall message is extremely negative. Why would anyone want children to read a book that focuses only on the worst events of the times? My wife bought this for our kids and being a history buff I quickly snatched it up for review. Thank goodness! It portrays the worst of humanity and is not appropriate for kids. Even if you only look at the pictures you still get the idea that there is no hope for the future and how horrible people must have been in the past!

1-0 out of 5 stars Doom anf Gloom
You can tell this is written from a newscaster point-of-view, doom and gloom that's what sells. The human race as we know it, is destructive and evil - what hope lies ahead? None, if a young reader ascertains the truth, so thanks mom, dad, grandmon, and grandfather for messing up my world, my future. Where are the stories of peace and hope i.e. Woodstock and Gandhi? Just one page on the most significant event of man's achievement - landing on the moon but 3 whole pages on Kennedy's assassination - get the picture. So you have two choices in life read this book or go watch a half hour of the nightly news. ... Read more


10. Dr. Jenner and the Speckled Monster: The Search for the Smallpox Vaccine
by Albert Marrin
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Catlog: Book (2002-10-01)
Publisher: Dutton Books
Sales Rank: 431937
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In 1796, an unknown country doctor named Edward Jenner developed and administered the world's first vaccine-turning the tide in humanity's age-old war against disease.

Award-winning author Albert Marrin explains the significance of "immortal" Jenner's gift to mankind as he narrates the epic story of smallpox, a disease so contagious and deadly it has dramatically influenced the course of history. From the mummified remains of its first known victim to the sinister threat of the "frozen monster" that lurks in the vials of ultramodern laboratories, readers will be held spellbound by this readable and timely combination of science and history.
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11. Castro's Cuba (History Firsthand)
by Charles W., Jr. Carey
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Catlog: Book (2004-03-01)
Publisher: Greenhaven Press
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12. After the Holocaust
by Howard Greenfeld
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Asin: 0688177522
Catlog: Book (2001-10-01)
Publisher: Greenwillow
Sales Rank: 322835
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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With excerpts from personal interviews and more than sixty-five of the survivors' own black-and-white photographs as well as archival pictures, Howard Greenfeld's landmark book presents an important chapter in history: the story of young men and women after the Holocaust.

Ann, George, Civia, Alicia, Akiva, Judith, Larry, and Tonia. In many ways, these young people are just like all of us. But their stories are extraordinary, because they lived through one of the unspeakable tragedies in human history -- the Holocaust of World War II.

On May 8, 1945, when the Allies announced the unconditional surrender of Germany, the war in Europe was over. But the stories of these eight young survivors were far from over. Often adrift and alone, they found themselves fighting to survive in a world that didn't always want them and didn't know where they belonged.

In their own words, these Holocaust survivors describe their journeys after liberation, from hiding places and concentration camps through displaced persons camps, illicit border crossings, emigration, and beyond.

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4-0 out of 5 stars After the Holocaust by Greenfield
This book promises to tell the rest of the story how those Jewish youths who survived the Holocaust preceded with their lives after the war.The survivors' narratives are divided into four segments.This, unfortunately, leads to some problems for the reader as it is rather easy to become confused about what happened to which individual survivor.I found it easier to read about each one of the Jews individually throughout the book first.Then I reflected on their experiences as a whole.
Readers will be saddened to learn that the trials of these young people did not end with the defeat of the Nazi.Imagine learning that you are the only survivor of your family or that your home belongs to others.This book adds an often-unmentioned dimension to the plight of the Jewish survivors.Little has been written about the Displaced Person Camps, immigration restrictions and the continued hatred and mistreatment of Jews after the war.
The black and white photographs add an intimacy often lost to Holocaust readers.The author's sidebars and comments do not intrude, but offer helpful insights into the victims' plight. The author's reference to hidden scars applies well to these survivors. ... Read more


13. Scams!: Ten Stories That Explore Some of the Most Outrageous Swindlers and Tricksters of All Time (True Stories from the Edge)
by Andreas Schroeder
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Catlog: Book (2004-03-01)
Publisher: Annick Press
Sales Rank: 507681
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Ten of the biggest scams in history.

When a tribe of natives who lived for centuries with no outside contact was discovered in the Philippines in 1971, the world was captivated. Media and scientists flocked to the Tasadays' village and the story held the public's attention for more than a decade. Then two journalists dropped in on the village unannounced. What they found unearthed one of the most elaborate scams of the 20th century.

Scams! reveals ten true tales of tremendous trickery that will mesmerize young readers. They will learn how Donald Crowhurst almost won the first-ever round-the-world yacht race -- without ever leaving the Atlantic. They will witness the hysteria that swept the United States when Orson Welles used on-the-scene reports of Martian attacks to add realism to his radio play The War of the Worlds.

They will discover how the Germans planned to destroy the British economy during World War II by flooding the world with millions of fake British banknotes.

Readers will be enthralled by these stories of trickery exposed, where the strange twists and turns truly test the limits of credulity.

Chapters include: - The Great Shakespeare Forgery - There's a Sucker Born Every Minute - Operation Bernhard - Le Grande Therese Steps Out ... Read more


14. On This Spot : An Expedition Back Through Time
by Susan E. Goodman
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Asin: 0688169139
Catlog: Book (2004-03)
Publisher: Greenwillow
Sales Rank: 44684
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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On This Spot…

See buildings soar and traffic zoom, a kaleidoscope of color and movement. Now turn the page and time-travel back 175 years, where on the same spot carriages bumped and pigs raced across cobblestones. Turn again and go back 400 years to when a Lenape Indian trail crossed the spot. Now travel farther still, to when glaciers crept . . . dinosaurs preyed . . . a tropical sea teemed with ancient creatures . . . back 540 million years, when rock was all you could see.

What happened on this spot? What will happen next? Look out your window. What happened on that spot?

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5-0 out of 5 stars Review ON THIS SPOT
This is the answer to the question that's always intrigued kids: "who was here before me?" Starting with the present and going back to pre-history, the book answers that question with a clear and engaging text. It is also beautiful to look at and would please children of all ages. ... Read more


15. The Sinking Of The Titanic (Graphic History)
by Matt Doeden
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Asin: 0736838341
Catlog: Book (2005-01-01)
Publisher: Capstone Press
Sales Rank: 333172
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars Endorsed by the CANADIAN TITANIC SOCIETY (Since 1998)
The Canadian Titanic Society consulted in the production of this children's book and endorse it to be historically accurate and to be very educational. This book as been done to a high quality standard and I recommend it highly! ... Read more


16. Titanic : Ghosts of the Abyss
by Mireille Major
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Catlog: Book (2003-05-01)
Publisher: Hyperion
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Average Customer Review: 4 out of 5 stars
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4-0 out of 5 stars The Titanic in photographs then and now (with now in 3-D)
Director James Cameron has remained obsessed by the wreck of the Titanic and managed to avoid working on his next real film by putting together the giant-screen 3-D film "Ghosts of the Abyss." Not that you can really blame Cameron for being wary after putting together the biggest money making film of all time (in non-adjusted dollars). But then what did David O. Selzink do after "Gone With the Wind"? ("Duel in the Sun," which was not bad, but what does not suffer in comparison to "GWTW"?). I fully expect the director's cut of "Titanic" to be coming out on DVD next, but in the interim there is "Ghosts of the Abyss" and this book, which provides more than 35 3-D images based on the film. Following Jake the Robot that Cameron sent deep inside Titanic you use your official "Robot Mask" so that you can see the ghosts.

The main perspective of the book is to provide a contrast between period photographs of the Titanic and recent underwater shots taken by Jake. The 3-D effects are okay; the head-on view of the Titanic's bow showing the prow and the rust-shrouded railings around the forecastle deck (page 23) is the only one that really got a reaction from me. The ones with the ghosts are also just okay. The actual photographs are pretty amazing as far as I am concerned, so adding ghosts or even doing them in 3-D are not exactly pluses as far as I am concerned. If this book just did the straight forward compare and contrast of the photographs then and now I would have been just as impressed. Younger readers, for whom a lot of these pictures will be new, are the ones who are going to like this book (and the 3-D pictures) the most.

2-0 out of 5 stars 3-D is a pass.
Just received my combo of Ghosts: Journey and Ghosts: 3-D. Very disappointed in 3-D. The vast mojority of pics are from old photos we have seen many times before with the attempt to "3-D" them. I bought the book for what the movie 3-D was and came away very disappointed with the content.

5-0 out of 5 stars Abyss is a keeper
Great book. Just what I hoped it would be....a superb archieve of the movie with it's great never before seen pictures.

5-0 out of 5 stars Pictures are awesome!
I know I may be a little over the suggested reading age, but I was blown away by the 3-D pictures contained in this book.  Once I saw the movie , "Ghosts of the Abyss," I knew I had to get some of those images to keep!  It is great to get a chance to see pictures I have looked at for years come to life.  The wreck appears to be right in front of you.  This book is great for all ages, even if you think it is a kids book, get it for the images.  Ken Marschall is a wonderful artist and to see some of his painting in 3-D is phenomenal.  I know if I was a nine year old this book would have surely fascinated me.  If you are looking for a more information packed book, I suggest going for, "Ghosts of the Abyss A Journey to the Heart of the Titanic", which is a GREAT read. ... Read more


17. The Vietnam War: A History in Documents (Pages from History)
by Marilyn B. Young, John J. Fitzgerald, A. Tom Grunfeld
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Asin: 0195166353
Catlog: Book (2003-04-01)
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Sales Rank: 486036
Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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The Vietnam War tells the story of one of the most divisive episodes in modern American history through primary sources, ranging from government documents, news reports, speeches, popular songs to memoirs, writings by Vietnam veterans (including coauthor John Fitzgerald), and poetry by Vietnamese and Americans on matching themes. The book begins in the 19th century when Vietnam became a French colony, and traces the insidious route by which the United States became involved in a war on the other side of the world. ... Read more

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1-0 out of 5 stars Caveat Emptor
Living part-time in Ha Noi, Sydney, Seoul, and getting mail in Denver, I have taught about the American-Viet Nam War in all four countries from a multi-cultural perspective. Having read and reread the paperback version, the book unfortunately shows a limited view with significant design problems.

Detailed remarks have been submitted for publication elsewhere. More later.

5-0 out of 5 stars a reviewer should read the book
As one of the authors of the book, The Vietnam War: A History in Documents, I take exception to the review from the reader in Colorado. I have seen his actual comments and he must know that we have shown them to be incorrect. He claims that we are incorrect on certain pages but in fact we had the facts correct. He is entitled to his own opinion but he is not entitled to his own set of facts. He seems to think that we should have written another kind of book. That is his privilege. It would be decent for any reviewer to comment directly on the book being reviewed rather than a book that he thinks we should have written. His comments are very close to being dishonest and seem primarily interested in disparaging the book. The controversy over the Vietnam War has not yet ended. Yours truly, John J. Fitzgerald

1-0 out of 5 stars Myopic View of the War in Viet Nam
Unfortunately this is another myopic book about the 'Vietnam War,' that would have you believe the US fought alone in Viet Nam.

Both the design and content are seriously lacking for the intended audience, grades 7+. Important facts are left out while other facts are pathetically incorrect; most captions are mislabeled, and many 'documents' are indistinguishable from the narrative text. Sadly, even in 2003 it appears America still has Post Traumatic Stress Denial with parts of our own history.

4-0 out of 5 stars The war in documents and artifacts
This book should be very popular with teachers who teach that wars are more than battles and dates, who want students to go beyond pop culture's depiction of the experience of the individual soldier in Viet Nam, and who want students to understand that even publicly confident leaders are often baffled, uncertain, ignorant of history, or wrong. No textbook on this complex war can even begin to cover everything, of course. Instead of details about military operations, this book concentrates on presidential decision-making, personal responses on both sides, and efforts (e.g. songs, posters, propaganda leaflets) to persuade public opinion one way or another. The material in this book on how to read documents and on propaganda by both sides should be especially effective in the classroom. In fact, the book's great strength is its inclusion of (and guides to understanding) documents such as the 1945 Viet Minh Declaration of Independence, a state department policy statement, the 1954 Geneva conference's Final Declaration, and various responses to that declaration. Defenders of U.S. involvement in the war will likely be unhappy with parts of this book, including the suggested bibliography, but no book on this war will please everyone, and probably no book on this war can truly be neutral. Fortunately the inclusion of essential primary documents allows teachers of any persuasion to use this book. The materials from the Vietnamese side are probably especially valuable here, because those materials are not familiar to American students. As a documentary history this book naturally includes no classroom activities; for that, teachers might want to consult Echoes from the Wall (a free curriculum distributed by the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund) and Lessons of the Vietnam War, by Jerry Starr's Center for Social Studies Education. A teacher might also want to supplement this history with a few disparate excerpts from Bill McCloud's wonderful collection, What Should We Tell Our Children About Vietnam?

5-0 out of 5 stars Marvelous Introduction to the Subject
Because of my work I see a great many books on Vietnam and the Vietnam era but this one really stands out as something special. Not only is the book an excellent introduction --it is also full of material that is fascinating even to those who know the subject well!
Steven A. Leibo Ph.D.
author of _East, Southeast Asia and the Western Pacific_ 2002 ... Read more


18. The Great Depression (20th Century Perspectives)
by David Downing
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Asin: 1588103749
Catlog: Book (2001-05-01)
Publisher: Heinemann Library
Sales Rank: 399309
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19. The Making of the Atom Bomb (World History)
by Victoria Sherrow
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Asin: 1560065850
Catlog: Book (2000-04-01)
Publisher: Lucent Books
Sales Rank: 209873
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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4-0 out of 5 stars The Making of the Atom Bomb (Nonfiction)
This book describes the creation of the atomic bomb from the original ideas up to the dropping of the bomb on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. As with all scientific developments, the bomb started as an idea in Albert Einstein's head. In 1938, two German scientists split the uranium atom and detected lighter elements. About the same time, Hitler drove the Jewish scientists out of Europe, with most of them fleeing to the United States. World War II brought on a race between the Germans and the Americans to make an atomic weapon. The American Manhatten Project achieved the first controlled nuclear reaction in 1942. The first atomic bomb was tested in New Mexico, in July of 1945. The bomb was dropped on Hiroshima on August 6, 1945. Nagasaki was bombed on August 9 of 1945 as well. This was the beginning of the atomic age.

I would recommend the book to people who like fast moving nonfiction. I, myself, enjoyed the book because it was a factual presentation of how the atomic bomb was made. I also enjoyed reading about the problems and struggles that people faced. It was amazing to read about how one particular scientist came up with a theory that led to the actual creation of the atomic bomb. As you can see, this is one book I would greatly recommend. However, if a person is looking for an adventurous nonfiction book, this is not the book to read.

My favorite part of the book involved the scientists working to figure out the uranium atom and then spliting it. It was very interesting to see how they went about this. In addition, I learned a lot about atoms, neutrons, protons, and electrons. This part of the book made me want to learn more about physics, fission, and fusion. Overall, this was the most exciting part of the whole fantastic book for me.

5-0 out of 5 stars Impossible to put down
The Making of the Atom Bomb is a wonderful book. It presents the accomplishments of some of the most brilliant scientists of the 20th century in terms that are accessible to lay readers. It recounts in scintillating detail how their discoveries were appropriated from the realm of science into the brutal domain of world war. Despite its length the book is almost impossible to put down, and it is as morally provocative as it is historically astute. ... Read more


20. The First World War (Cambridge History Programme Key Stage 4)
by Andrew Wrenn
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Asin: 0521577756
Catlog: Book (1997-10-30)
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Sales Rank: 1155608
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The author covers topics such as the German invasion of Belgium and France; the war on the Western Front; the portrayal of the war by the press; governments and artists; the war in the air and at sea; the impact of the war on the Home Front; the Gallipoli campaign and war on the other fronts. With an enquiry-based approach, the book is structured around key investigations, background briefings and reviews of the topics covered. Using a wide range of sources, vivid pictorial evidence, maps and diagrams, Andrew Wrenn has produced a text that will be both manageable in extent and accessible and motivating to a wide range of students. ... Read more


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