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Children's LiteratureBetween 1861and 1865 a separate American nation sprang up, fought a destructive war, and eventually plummeted to defeat. That country, of course, was the Confederate States of America and the stories of some of its more renowned leaders are told in this title in the "MyReportLinks.com" series. Like the other books in this cleverly constructed series, this study of Confederate military and political leaders includes a tightly woven text, many resource web sites and publications, and attractive illustrations. Indeed, many of the illustrations take the form of slides drawn from specific web sites. In this way the author and publishers provide youngsters with both a colorful image and an easy-to-locate source of Internet information about the featured subject. The material covered in the text focuses on illustrious Confederates such as Robert E. Lee, Stonewall Jackson, PGT Beauregard, Jefferson Davis, and Alexander Stephens. In each instance, the snapshot biography not only reviews the major accomplishments of the featured leader but also discusses their post-war life. The compact descriptions of these Southern leaders provide readers with a good jumping-off point for further study. Younger readers with an interest in Southern history will find this book useful and interesting. 2005, Enslow, Ages 10 to 14.
—Greg M. Romaneck