An Important Examination of the Circumstances Surrounding Eight Tragic Moments in American History This important series explores some of the most dramatic events in American history, namely the cold-blooded assassinations of four of our presidents and four other American political leaders. Each title vividly recounts the days leading up to the heinous crime, the political and social context of the time, the goals of the political figure, and the depraved mind of the assassin. The combination of intrigue and historical fact, and the candid look into the public and private response to these crimes provides fascinating reading for all young adults who are interested in history and politics. By placing these untimely deaths in an easy-to-follow and interesting historical and political context, these books are a must-have for all libraries.
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Grade 5-8-Spencer's very superficial examination of the Kennedy assassination opens with an overview of the events of November 22, 1963. The author then provides some minimal background about her subject's childhood, marriage and family, political career, and presidency. She also describes Lee Harvey Oswald's rather strange life, Kennedy's funeral, and Oswald's murder at the hands of Jack Ruby before discussing the official investigations and conspiracy theories that still surround the event. Sidebars, time lines, and average-quality photos supplement the text. Although there is always a demand for this topic, this book is too brief and limited in background information and details about the assassination and its aftermath to offer any significant analysis. The brevity also leads to oversimplification that will leave many readers confused. Additionally, the text often reads more like a tabloid (" the photo of that moment was seared into public consciousness") than serious writing. Direct readers and researchers to titles such as David Pietrusza's John F. Kennedy (Lucent, 1997; o.p.) or Rebecca C. Jones's The President Has Been Shot!: True Stories of the Attacks on Ten U.S. Presidents (Dutton, 1996) instead.
Mary Mueller, Rolla Junior High School, MO
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"This series is clearly written and well organized. The appealing format and intriguing subject matter will make these valuable additions to the . . . library."
"Plenty of substance here. The format is appealing and uses especially well-chosen black and white and color photos Recommended."
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Book Description Rosen Publishing Group. LIBRARY BINDING. Book Condition: New. 0823935418 New Condition. Bookseller Inventory # NEW7.2038557
Book Description Rosen Pub Group, 2002. Library Binding. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0823935418