Dangerous Times!: History's Most Troubled Erasby Matt Chandler
Deadly plagues, pirates on the high seas, and shootouts in the Wild West. No matter when you're born, death is certain. But some time periods were more dangerous than others. Journey through time to learn about some of history's most troubled eras.
Gr 3–6—From gladiatorial games to BASE jumping, these books recount both historical and contemporary dangers. Each title covers at least eight topics, most in spreads with one page that has a few paragraphs that describe the danger and the other with a full-page photo or illustration. Text boxes provide additional anecdotes and facts. Brutal Games! is heavily weighted toward contemporary extreme sports, and all the books focus on fairly recent and mostly American history. Although there are some interesting tidbits (e.g., the American presidency rates as a historically dangerous job), these volumes offer neither exciting characters nor the gruesome details that so fascinate children, and they don't contain enough information about individual topics for reports.
Meet the Author
Matt Chandler is a newspaper editor and freelance journalist from New York. Matt grew up in a family of hunters and developed his love of the outdoors early in life as a Boy Scout. Matt has been writing professionally since 1996. The New York Press Association named him an award-winning writer in 2007 and 2010.
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