Synopses & Reviews
Whenand#160;Cold War tension was at its height, Joseph (andquot;call me Joeandquot;) McCarthy conducted an anti-Communist crusade endorsed by millions of Americans, despite his unfair and unconstitutional methods. Award-winning writer James Cross Giblin tells the story of a man whose priorities centered on power and media attention and who stopped at nothing to obtain both. The strengths and weaknesses of the man and the system that permitted his rise are explored in this authoritative, lucid biography, which sets McCarthy's life against a teeming backdrop of world affairs and struggles between military and political rivals at home. Chapter notes, bibliography, index.
In her admiring portrait of Pete Seeger (1919–2014) Silvey (Untamed: The Wild Life of Jane Goodall) presents clearly the folk singer and activist’s passionate commitment to music and social justice. After a privileged upbringing and two years at Harvard Seeger “acquired an encyclopedic repertoire of folk songs” while working at the Archive of American Folk Song. He began playing banjo with Woody Guthrie in 1940 and devoted his life to singing for causes he considered just: organized labor civil rights and environmental and antiwar campaigns. After establishing Seeger’s success as a singer Silvey devotes a chapter to his commitment to the environment (specifically cleaning up the Hudson River) then jumps from the early 1970s to the 2009 inauguration of President Obama. Silvey provides well supported well rounded context for Seeger’s moral stances personal life (including his wife’s supportive role as his manager) and enduring claim to folk song fame with such influential contributions as “Abiyoyo” “Where Have All the Flowers Gone?” “Guantanamera” “Michael Row Your Boat Ashore” and “We Shall Overcome.” Archival photographs source notes and a bibliography are included. Ages 10–12. (Aug.)¦" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
"In her first book for young readers, children's literature expert Silvey introduces unsung heroes of the Civil War: women who risked their reputations and lives to fight as soldiers. The volume, containing excerpts from first-person accounts and abundant vintage photographs and etchings, explores the motives, adventures and day-to-day struggles of women who shed their skirts and cut their hair to pass as male enlistees. In highly accessible language, the author shares enough background to enable readers to put into context pre-Victorian restrictions on women. At the same time, she captures the fiery spirits of unconventional individuals. Representing more than 30 years of the author's passionate interest in the Civil War, Silvey's is an engrossing, intelligently wrought account of 19th-century feminists making their mark."--Publishers Weekly, starred review "While previous books for young people have profiled women who served as nurses and spies during the Civil War, this one spotlights Union and Confederate women who fought on the battlefields. Why these women fought; what their lives were like; how they hid their identities; how they fared in hospitals, in prisons, and in two significant battles; and what they did after the war ended are all topics that are covered. Readers will appreciate attention to mundane questions such as how women with so little privacy dealt with menstruation. Throughout the book, Silvey shows that though the women discussed all fought in the same war, their backgrounds, motivations, and experiences varied widely. Period photos, prints, drawings, and documents are among the many illustrations. Back matter includes source notes and a list of books, articles, and archival materials. Well researched and clearly written, this attractive book illuminates an aspect of the Civil War that is often overlooked."--Booklist "Silvey carefully documents a little-known side to the Civil War: the hundreds of women who fought for both sides. Some worked in traditional positions such as camp laundresses and only picked up arms when unexpectedly under fire, but this narrative focuses on women who posed as men in order to fight. Some did so to remain with a beloved husband or brother, but others sought glory, excitement or simply the chance to make money. The large number of boys in the armies made it relatively easy for women to "pass." Many fought well; some died in battle. A few even received pensions in their old age. Beginning with Bull Run, the neatly organized text explores the reasons for enlisting, how the women went about it, life as a soldier, Antietam, hospitals and prisons and, finally, what happened to them afterward. Folding in quotations from a wealth of primary sources and punctuated by period illustrations and photographs, the narrative takes readers to the battlefields for an immediate experience of combat. A valuable resource."--Kirkus Reviews "Women's history continues to be a burgeoning field, especially the study of women who fought in the Civil War. Silvey offers insights into the soldiers' daily lives in hospitals and prisons and on the battlefields, including Antietam and Bull Run. Interjected into this brief survey are the stories of the women, some of whom joined the military, both Union and Confederate, to follow their husbands or sweethearts, and others who were passionate about the cause and wanted to defend their homeland. Still others wanted adventure or wished to escape from poverty. Lieutenant Harry T. Buford was, in fact, Loreta Janeta Velazquez and served as a Confederate officer at the First Battle of Bull Run. Sarah Emma Edmonds, born in Canada, left a harsh farm life and enlisted in the Michigan Volunteers. Jennie Hodgers served for three years as a member of an Illinois infantry unit and continued to live as a man for the next 40 years. Her true identify was not discovered until her death in 1911; nonetheless she was buried with full military honors. These are a few of the intriguing stories told in this well-researched book. Another highlight of the book is the use of archival photographs and reproductions. This title can serve as a springboard for further reading and inspire exploration of primary accounts."--School Library Journal "Female Civil War soldiers (disguised as men) weren't as rare as the history books might have you think. Former Horn Book editor Silvey's first book for young people explores this little-known chapter of history with numerous primary source references and thought-provoking commentary. Why did these women fight? How did they pass as men? How did they hold up to the daily life of a soldier . . . and the heat of the battlefield? And how did these remarkable women transition back into civilian life after the war? Given the relative dearth of material on female Civil War soldiers, it's to Silvey's credit that she is able to build an engaging social history in answer to these questions, interspersing solid factual exposition with colorful vignettes and period illustrations and photographs. The broader contexts of the war and the societal mores of the time give additional resonance to this well-researched portrait of brave, unconventional women. As Loreta Janeta Velazquez reminisced, "I would not have missed it for the wealth of the world, and was more than repaid for all that I had undergone, and all the risks to my person and my womanly reputation that I incurred, in being not only a spectator, but an actor, in such a sublime, living drama."--The Horn Book
Timely and significant...If I were a high school teacher concentrating on the postwar era, I would devote a good part of my course to discussing this book for the cautionary tale it tells.andquot;--New York Times Book Review
andquot;This lucid, authoritative portrait offers readers a compelling, real-life cautionary tale of blind ambition and the reckless pursuit of power. A tour de force.andquot;--Kirkus Reviews, starred review
andquot;Giblin's unmistakable research and passion for the subject add up to a comprehensive portrayal of a complex figure. Abundant source notes and further reading suggestions conclude this expansive undertaking.andquot;--Publishers Weekly
andquot;Excellent quality archival photos and political cartoons appear throughout.andquot; --School Library Journal
"The first half of this fully illustrated book deftly portrays Knox as a likable, optimistic youth, while the second half shows him as a determined 25-year-old officer leading the expedition that freed Boston in 1776. Quotes from period sources underscore the difficulties of the journey, while Silveyand#8217;s measured text ably tells the tale and puts events in their historical context."and#8212;Booklist, starred review
"The author portrays Henry as an enthusiastic, approachable man who loved books, artillery and food; who lost two fingers in an accident; who found possibilities where others found problems. Minor's realistic, stirring illustrations in acrylics on wood panels readily capture the gallant spirit of this man and his times. First-rate."and#8212;Kirkus, starred review
"What a superb, vivid, rendition of one of the great adventures in American history. A delight for all ages."and#8212;David McCullough, Author of John Adams and 1776.
The Civil War has been studied, written about, even sun about for generations. Most people know that it was a conflict between North and South, Unionists and rebels, blue and gray. We recognize the names of Jefferson Davis, Ulysses S. Grant, and Robert E. Lee. Many people know about Clara Barton, the nurse who did so much to save soldiers' lives. But few have heard of Sarah Emma Edmonds, Rosetta Wakeman, or Mary Galloway. They were among the hundreds of women who assumed male identities, put on uniforms, enlisted in the Union or Confederate Army, and went into battle alongside their male comrades. In this compelling book, Anita Silvey explores the fascinating secret world of women soldiers: who they were, why they went to war, how they managed their masquerade. A few left memoirs, diaries, or letters. Newspaper stories, pension records, and regimental accounts yielded additional information, as did the writings of male soldiers who became aware of the women in the ranks. Undoubtedly, there were women soldiers whose true identity was never discovered or revealed. Accessible, accurate, and engaging, I'll Pass for Your Comrade invites readers to view the Civil War from an uncommon perspective and explores an often overlooked aspect of our history.
A hearty eater, dapperand#160;dresser, bookseller to Loyalists and Patriots alike,andand#160;married into a staunch Loyalist family,and#160;Henry Knox may seem an unlikely hero.But his fascination with warfare and strategy and his support of the Patriot cause prepared him to do what no one else thought was possible: transport heavy artillery from Fort Ticonderoga, up and down snow-covered hills and across frozen lakes, to relieve the siege of Boston. The dramatic story of his achievements is all the more satisfying for being absolutely true, a little-known episode in the history of the American Revolution. Source notes, time line, bibliography, map.
Pete Seeger was an internationally honored folk musician and political radical who devoted his life to furthering humanitarian causes and getting people to sing. This biography traces his musical career, including the period when he was blacklisted by the House Committee on Un-American Activities, and the growth of his conviction that freedom and justice had to be defended and that the power of song could be used to fight back when these ideals were threatened.
About the Author
Anita Silvey has spent more than thirty years in the childrenand#39;s book field, including eleven years as editor-in-chief at the Horn Book Magazine. She is the editor of Childrenandrsquo;s Books and Their Creators and the author of 100 Best Books for Children andandnbsp;The Book-a-Day Almanac.