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The American Civil War
Brewer, Paul.
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Publication Information:
Austin, Tex. : Raintree Steck-Vaughn Publishers, 1999.
Physical Description:
80 pages : illustrations (some color), color maps ; 24 cm.
Chronicles the American Civil War, its causes, events, and results and examines innovations in technology and strategy that came about during the conflict.
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Central Library E468 .B74 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks
Clearfield Library E468 .B74 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf
Lancaster Library E468 .B74 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf
Williamsville Library E468 .B74 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf
Audubon Library E468 .B74 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf

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Ten titles describe the causes, consequences, strategies, weaponry, and key figures of warfare from ancient times to the present. Authentic photographs of modern wars transport the reader to battlefields and war-torn countries. Illustrations help readers visualize uniforms, weapons, and battlefield scenes by bygone years. Details of important campaigns are presented in boxed sidebars.

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Gr 5-8-These general overviews begin with brief introductions, cover the major campaigns and battles in roughly chronological order, and conclude with minimal final analyses. Sidebars supply information about civilian and military leaders, weapons, and other aspects of the conflicts. The texts are supplemented by photos; reproductions; and numerous color maps of regions, campaigns, and specific battles. Although these books are attractive, they suffer from several weaknesses that limit their effectiveness for reports. The chronological organization makes it difficult to follow action that occurred in differing theaters of war operations. Also, the scope is too broad. The authors have included material about leaders, weapons, tactics, and social conditions in a limited space, making coverage superficial at best. The most serious weakness, however, is the lack of focus. Although the titles provide information about the changing nature of warfare and the introduction of new weapons and tactics, there is not enough analysis of how these factors influenced each conflict. These books will neither aid report writers nor hold the attention of general history readers.-Mary Mueller, Rolla Junior High School, MO (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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