by Jim Ollhoff

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Children's Literature - Greg M. Romaneck
Civil War soldiers had the misfortune of fighting at a time when the technology of warfare had vastly surpassed the tactical dictums of their era. During the Civil War, men fought with battlefield formations that were designed for the Napoleonic age, at a time when rifled muskets could hit them at ranges six times as long as earlier weapons. Artillerists in the Civil War manned weapons that often had rifled barrels and that were aimed at soldiers packed into dense formations adequate for 1761 but not for 1861. In this illustrated book Jim Ollhoff provides elementary aged readers an opportunity to learn about the weapons and tactics that were part and parcel of the American Civil War. This concise look at Civil War ordnance is designed to help youngsters learn about a period in American history when brother fought against brother armed with weaponry that, to modern eyes seems quite primitive, but in reality was an extreme improvement over prior wars. In telling this story Ollhoff does a fine job of demonstrating the effects changing technology had upon the lives and deaths of Civil War soldiers. In addition, the manifold color photographs of living historians helps bring to life an era that fundamentally shaped American history. Reviewer: Greg M. Romaneck
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Gr 3-5- These short introductions are accompanied by large, eye-catching color photos and vintage art. In some cases, however, there are gaps in the narratives. In Movies , some actors are given briefer billing than deserved, or are not mentioned at all. Jet Li, for example, receives only a short biography (as opposed to Jackie Chan and Bruce Lee, who have fuller profiles). Masters is more successful as it has a number of biographies of the historical figures involved in beginning various martial arts. In Ninja , spies and assassins are placed in historical perspective, and the current practice of ninjitsu is mentioned, but how ninja clans formed is never explained. In Samurai , the history of how the warriors came to exist is quite clear, but in that book and in Masters , the complicated history of the end of the samurai era is oversimplified: one book says that rogue samurai were exiled, while the other says that, after increasingly restrictive rules against the class, carrying swords was outlawed. Weapons is a shining example of the potential of the books, presenting equipment from a wide range of arts and clearly explaining its history (sometimes legendary, sometimes factual) and use. Despite flaws, these titles will appeal to students of martial arts, fans of martial arts movies or manga, and those interested in the real history of ninjas and samurai, and the fine illustrations will draw browsers.-Alana Abbott, James Blackstone Memorial Library, Branford, CT

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ABDO Publishing Company
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The Civil War Series
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7.90(w) x 9.80(h) x 0.30(d)
960L (what's this?)
Age Range:
9 - 12 Years

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