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Sensational trials of the 20th century
Kraft, Betsy Harvey.
Personal Author:
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Scholastic Press, 1998.
Physical Description:
viii, 216 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Presents accounts of eight significant trials in the twentieth century, including the Scopes trial, Watergate, Brown v. the Board of Education, and the Hinckley trial.
Reading Level:
1010 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR UG 7.8 8.0 36212.

Reading Counts RC High School 7.7 11 Quiz: 16383 Guided reading level: W.
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KF220 .K73 1998 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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Eight of America's most important legal battles, including Brown v. Board of Education, the Watergate trials, and the O.J. Simpson trial, are revisited in brief, fast-paced accounts and dramatic black-and-white photographs.

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Gr. 6^-10. Sensational is an apt adjective to describe the slant Kraft takes on this riveting, atmospheric account of eight American trials that the world followed voraciously until, and sometimes long after, their verdicts were read. With admirable diplomacy, Kraft offers even-handed accounts of trials from Sacco & Vanzetti and the Rosenbergs to John Hinckley and O. J., allowing details of the events surrounding the trials to shade in the outline of legal facts, victories, and travesties. In each case, deftly shared background information appropriately sets the stage for the trial and, without prematurely disclosing the verdict for readers who don't know it, provides details that often the juries never heard. Whether making overwhelmingly copious details manageable (Watergate) or setting a scene so palpable the reader is transported in time (Scopes), Kraft has created a rich social, historical, and literary work neither the curious reader nor the researcher will want to put down. Bibliography; well-selected black-and-white photographs. --Roger Leslie

School Library Journal Review

Gr 6-10-The concept of justice combined with the drama of the courtroom pervades this volume, making it a real attention-grabber. Some of the most notorious legal battles of the last 100 years are presented with mesmerizing you-are-there immediacy: the Sacco-Vanzetti trial, the Scopes "Monkey" trial, the Lindbergh baby kidnapping, the Julius and Ethel Rosenberg spy trial, Brown v. the Board of Education, the Watergate trials, the John Hinckley, Jr. trial, and, of course, the O. J. Simpson trial. The chapters are fast paced, well illustrated, and packed with interesting details. Each one concludes by showing the impact of the proceedings and the court decision on such enduring issues as civil rights, national security, education, religion, and the office of the presidency, making the trials as timely today as they were when they were headlines. This book is sure to be a hit, even with reluctant readers.-Marilyn Heath, Greenwood High School, SC (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.