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Remember the Maine! : the Spanish-American War begins
McNeese, Tim.
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First edition.
Publication Information:
Greensboro, N.C. : Morgan Reynolds, [2002]

Physical Description:
112 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
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E721.6 .M37 2002 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area
E721.6 .M37 2002 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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Was the explosion that sank the USS Maine in Havana Harbor, killing over three-quarters of the crew and leading to war between the two countries, caused by Spanish mines?Or did the ship's highly combustible coal ignite to cause the explosion? Tim McNeese's account explores these questions that go unanswered to this day.

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Booklist Review

Gr. 6-12. On January 25, 1898, the American battleship Maine steamed into Havana harbor. Although the American government officially proclaimed that this was a friendly visit, the Spanish authorities, facing a rebellious Cuban population, saw it as a hostile act. Three weeks later, the Maine mysteriously exploded, causing many casualties. By April 21, America and Spain were at war. In this latest addition to the First Battles Series, McNeese outlines the differences between the U.S. and Spain that led to war over Cuba. The mystery of the Maine's sinking has not been solved, and the author lays out the theories, telling why this episode in history defies definitive explanation. He recounts all of the events in a detailed yet concise manner that adults as well as young people will find informative, especially since so much about this story parallels themes in current events. --Todd Morning

School Library Journal Review

Gr 5 Up-An American icon is destroyed in a violent surprise attack, and public outrage fueled by the media plunges the United States into war. The setting of this timely and ironically parallel story is not New York in 2001 but Cuba in 1898, when the U.S. battleship Maine exploded in Havana harbor and sparked the Spanish-American War. McNeese explains the implications of the tragedy by tracing the centuries-long struggle between Cuban rebels and the oppressive government of Spain. American businesses were also anxious to protect their investments in Cuba. When newspaper magnates Joseph Pulitzer and William Randolph Hearst published sensational and often fabricated reports of atrocities committed against the Cubans, American animosity toward Spain intensified, ultimately prompting President McKinley to dispatch the Maine as a visible warning that America might intervene on the side of the rebels. Within a month, however, the ship was destroyed, its attackers and their methods of sabotage still unknown. Black-and-white photos and engravings-inconsistent in quality and often too small to be effective-illustrate the principal players in this highly political drama. McNeese's journalistic prose is occasionally awkward, but his research is thorough, assembling a seamless chronicle from eyewitness accounts, letters from the Maine's crew, and newspaper articles of the day. Since the brevity of this war often relegates it to just a few paragraphs in textbooks, this title offers valuable and expanded commentary on the event that not only precipitated the war but also set precedents for the role of the media in presidential decision making and the role of the United States in foreign conflicts.-William McLoughlin, Brookside School, Worthington, OH (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.