The Hindenburg

The Hindenburg

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by Marc Tyler Nobleman

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In May of 1937 the mighty dirigible the Hindenburg was approaching its landing place in New Jersey. Suddenly the huge dirigible burst into flames. In slightly more than thirty seconds this aircraft that was just seventy-eight feet shorter than the Titanic crashed to the ground and was totally consumed by flames. Thirty-six people died in a disaster that shocked not only the many observers on the scene but also people all over the world. How could such a terrible thing happen? This question, as well as the story of this once mighty dirigible is well told in this illustrated book. While there still is no definitive answer as to why this disaster occurred what can be said is that the flames that consumed the Hindenburg were the death knell for the commercial Zeppelin business. As Marc Tyler Nobleman points out in this well-researched and carefully-written book, the destruction of the Hindenburg was enough to discourage anyone from wanting to cross the Atlantic on a dirigible. In this book readers will learn about the mechanics of Zeppelins, their structure, this terrible disaster, and how contemporary media covered it. This is a fascinating story and one that the author does justice to. 2006, Compass Point Books, Ages 8 to 10.
—Greg M. Romaneck
School Library Journal
Gr 4-6-These books give basic information on significant events or movements in American history. Each opening chapter describes the event or social trend, with subsequent coverage given to background factors and effects. Haymarket Square, for example, addresses the event itself; the rise of unions; the relationship (perceived and actual) among unions, socialism, and anarchism; the movement for an eight-hour work day; protest against police violence; and the trial and sentencing of those accused of inciting the riot. Chapters run from four to eight pages and are heavily illustrated with period reproductions and photos. The leading is good, with ample white space, giving the texts an open, nonthreatening look. The prose is hardly lyrical, but it recounts the events clearly. Adequate for beginning researchers, these short informational treatments may spark sufficient interest to lead to more in-depth studies. Similar to the "Cornerstones of Freedom" series (Children's Press), the "We the People" volumes can be used to flesh out history collections.-Ann Welton, Grant Elementary School, Tacoma, WA Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

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Capstone Press
Publication date:
We the People: Industrial America Series
Product dimensions:
7.20(w) x 8.80(h) x 0.10(d)
Age Range:
9 - 11 Years

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