The Split History of World War I (Perspectives Flip Book Series)

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Tensions have been brewing in Europe for years. Finally the 1914 assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria-Hungary sets off four bloody years of war that eventually involved the entire world, including the United States. It will be called the "war to end all wars." Experience it from two opposing perspectives.

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The Split History of World War I: A Perspectives Flip Book

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Overview

Tensions have been brewing in Europe for years. Finally the 1914 assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria-Hungary sets off four bloody years of war that eventually involved the entire world, including the United States. It will be called the "war to end all wars." Experience it from two opposing perspectives.

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Children's Literature - Greg M. Romaneck
During World War I over ten million people perished. Primarily fought by the great powers of Europe, the war also involved nations from all over the globe. The Allies and Central Powers both felt that right was on their side despite the fact that they had diametrically opposed war aims. Armed with modern weaponry produced by the Industrial Revolution, the armies of the opposing forces used tactics better fitted for the 19th century. The end result of this mismatch was utter horror on the battlefield as men were mowed down by the thousands. After the war places such as Verdun, Ypres, the Somme, and Passchendaele symbolized the utter futility of war. This sad yet impactful conflict is the subject of Michael Burgan's most recent book. Burgan is a talented writer and he applies those writing skills to this publication. In telling the story of World War I in roughly sixty illustrated pages, the author can do no more than scratch the surface. Yet, through his organizational and storytelling skills, Burgan produces a well-developed introduction to the war that will benefit its readers. This book is part of a series of "split history" publications that are aimed at sharing both sides of complex historical events. The editors accomplish this dichotomous approach by literally flipping the book at the midpoint. Readers can begin with either the Allied or Central Powers perspective and then turn the book over to read the same historical information written from the opposite perspective. While this is a well written book filled with information and human interest detail, this format seems artificial. Burgan's writing overcomes this flaw but it is a flaw nonetheless. Reviewer: Greg M. Romaneck
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780756546946
  • Publisher: Capstone Press
  • Publication date: 7/1/2013
  • Series: Perspectives Flip Book Series
  • Pages: 64
  • Age range: 10 - 14 Years
  • Lexile: 990L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Michael Burgan has written numerous books for children and young adults during his nearly 20 years as a freelance writer. Many of his books have focused on U.S. history, geography, and the lives of world leaders. He has also written fiction and adapted classic novels. Michael has won several awards for his writing, and his graphic novel version of the classic tale Frankenstein (Stone Arch Books) was a Junior Library Guild selection. Michael has also worked as an editor at Weekly Reader, the classroom news magazine used in schools across the United States. Michael graduated from the University of Connecticut with a bachelor’s degree in history. When not writing for kids, he enjoys writing plays, and his works have been staged across the United States. He lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico, with his cat, Callie.
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