Robert F. Kennedy Jr.'s American Heroes: Joshua Chamberlin and the American Civil Warby Robert F. Kennedy, Nikita Andreev
Musician, linguist, college professor, farmer, husband, and father-Joshua Chamberlain was a Renaissance man, living a full and satisfying life in rural Maine when the Civil War Broke out. Chamberlain's passionate belief in keeping our young country together inspired him to join the Union Army. He quickly proved himself to be a brilliant strategist and great leader of men, who never hesitated to fight every battle on the front lines.
Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. tells the fascinating and dramatic story of Chamberlain's life, focusing on his extraordinary bravery and inspiring leadership during some of the most bloody and decisive battles of the Civil War.
Chamberlain was a Bowdoin College professor when the Civil War began. Volunteering for the Union army, he made his name during the Battle of Gettysburg and through several other acts of bravery, going on to become a general. At Appomattox, General Grant put him in charge of the formal surrender ceremony. Kennedy is clear about his intentions: "I wrote this book in the hope that our children will put a higher value on America and its freedoms if they understand the high price at which these things were purchased by an earlier generation...." Using short chapters, he highlights Chamberlain's military feats in a fast-paced, almost breathless style. War is shown as dangerous but also in a way exciting-Chamberlain takes on a superhero quality: he was repeatedly wounded and had "six horses...shot out from under him." "His unconquerable spirit and will to live" saved him as he continued to fight. Kennedy's admiring style is refreshingly old-fashioned in this day of tell-all celebrities. If Chamberlain had any faults, readers do not learn of them. Care is taken to note the brave men and terrible human losses on both sides of the conflict, but readers will need to look elsewhere for fuller discussions of the causes of the war. Quotations from Chamberlain's letters and speeches help capture the spirit of the time. Maps, photographs, and full-page color illustrations are included.
Lucinda Snyder WhitehurstCopyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Meet the Author
Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., is a lawyer with the Pace University environmental clinic, and is well known for his dedication to activism. He has written two books for adults, and one other book for children, St. Francis of Assisi: A Live of Joy . He lives with his wife and children in Westchester County, New York.
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