School Library Journal - School Library JournalGr 5 Up-When the battleship Maine sank in Havana harbor on February 15, 1898, the American rumblings for war with Spain reached the point of demand, and despite President McKinley's reservations, war was declared. From Admiral Dewey's initial great naval victory in Manila Bay to Teddy Roosevelt's celebrated charge up San Juan Hill, this was a popular war, over quickly, and with more loss of American life to food poisoning than gunfire. It was a war that, as well, set the United States on a markedly imperialistic path. Eight clearly laid out chapters delineate the course of the conflict, with prior social and political history neatly worked in. Well-placed black-and-white photos, maps, and period reproductions extend the clear narrative text. A two-page time line, detailed chapter notes, a bibliography of print and Internet sources, and an accurate index round out this objective look at a turning point in American history. Timely in its consideration of jingoism and fever for war, Somerlott's offering is similar in approach to Deborah Bachrach's The Spanish-American War (Lucent, 1991; o.p.). This sound report source is a good addition to history collections.-Ann Welton, Grant Elementary School, Tacoma, WA Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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