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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Reviewed with Myra Ribeiro's The Assassination of Medgar Evers.
Gr. 6-10. There's no exploitation in these biographies in the Library of Political Assassinations series, which move from the violent headlines to an overview of the roles these African American leaders took during the Civil Rights Movement. The focus is on the politics that made the men targets for murder. Ribeiro, one of the first to write about Evers for a YA audience, does a good job of introducing the inspiring leader and the cause he fought for. As in Chris Crowe's novel about Emmett Till, above, the segregated society, the racist killer, and the trial are an integral part of the story. Malcolm X has been the subject of several YA books, but Draper confronts the important issues with exceptional candor and clarity, including the ongoing controversy of who ordered the murder. There are numerous photos, and each book has a glossary, a chronology, and a bibliography, but no footnotes. Hazel Rochman
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Grade 5-8 These titles focus on killings that resulted from racial hatred during the American civil rights activities in the late 1950s and early 1960s. Offering minimal biographical information, the books start with a description of the assassination, the immediate aftermath, and the effect of the murders on the families. Subsequent chapters discuss each man's early life and the influences that formed his adult beliefs. The formation of the beliefs of Byron De La Beckwith (Evers's assassin) is also discussed. Details of legal actions and trials concerning the cases are included along with information about the aftereffects on American society. Illustrated with black-and-white and color photographs, including some graphic pictures, and containing fact boxes and time lines, these books may supplement research. -Elizabeth Stumpf, Clearfield Middle School, PA
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Book Description Rosen Publishing Group, 2002. Library Binding. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P110823935426