You Wouldn't Want to Be a Civil War Soldier! (Revised Edition)

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Children's Literature - Greg M. Romaneck
The Civil War was fought at a time when technological advancements had vastly improved the killing power of weaponry. Unfortunately for the men who fought the Civil War, the tactics used were more appropriate to an earlier era and thus made life much shorter for all too many fighting men. In addition, the Civil War was waged at a time when science had not quite yet discovered the existence of germs. This unfortunate fact led to battlefield and hospital based medical practices that primarily featured amputation and the spread of infection. As a result of all these calamitous circumstances, being a Civil War soldier truly was a deadly and debilitating experience. In this volume of the "You Wouldn't Want to Be..." series Thomas Ratliff walks his readers through some of the factors that made the Civil War such a risky proposition for the men who fought it. Throughout the text numerous captioned illustrations in typical cartoonish fashion aid the reader's understanding of the content. Helpful hints are provided to prospective Civil War soldiers in the form of what to do and not to do on the battlefields of that bloody war. Also embedded in the text are micro-history lessons about critical events that occurred during the four year course of the war. Taken as a whole this factual but somewhat comic book approach to history does work. The end result is a thoughtful look back at a deadly series of events in American history taken with an eye toward the interest level of modern readers. Reviewer: Greg M. Romaneck
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780531245033
  • Publisher: Scholastic Library Publishing
  • Publication date: 1/15/2013
  • Series: You Wouldn't Want to
  • Pages: 40
  • Sales rank: 232,033
  • Age range: 8 - 11 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.10 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 0.30 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 27, 2006

    Cartoon view of the Civil War

    This is a historical book, written in a cartoonish fashon. It previds an acurit picture on the life of a Civil War solder, and its cartoonish depition makes it fun to read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 14, 2005

    Appalling book

    This has got to be one of the worst books I have ever seen. The text is OK, but the illustrations are horrific. It makes the soldiers of the Civil War look like buffoons. I know the attempt is to reach youngsters who will pick it up precisely because of the illustrations, but I think they are terrrible. One page depicts dead soldiers laying in a field with their butts sticking up in the air in a cartoonish manner. Kids are already de-sensitized to violence, and this book makes it look funny. I would not even give it one star it I didn't have to. Awful book!

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