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The ghosts of war
Cohen, Daniel, 1936-
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New York : Putnam, [1990]

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95 pages ; 22 cm
Recounts supposedly true stories about ghosts connected in some way with war, from haunted battlefields to soldiers' premonitions of death.
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BF1471 .C64 1990 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf

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/Cohen/Daniel The eeries cover, an apparition wandering on a battlefield will draw in readers; once there, they won't be disappointed.--Booklist. The title alone will make sure the book circulates among even the most reluctant readers, who can savor the blend of legend and history.--Bulletin of the Center for Children's

Author Notes

Daniel Cohen was born Daniel Edward Reba in Chicago, Illinois on March 12, 1936. He received a bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Illinois. He worked at Time magazine and Science Digest before he began writing books. His books for children and teenagers dealt with ghosts, U.F.O.s, the occult, ESP, vampires, werewolves, conspiracies, cloning, weather, and the human genome. He also wrote biographies of the astronomer Carl Sagan and Jesse Ventura.

His only child, Theodora Cohen, was killed in the December 21, 1988 bombing of Pan Am Flight 103. He and his wife Susan Cohen exhaustively sought justice for their daughter and the 269 other victims of the bombing. They wrote several books together including When Someone You Know Is Gay and Pan Am 103: The Bombing, the Betrayals, and a Bereaved Family's Search for Justice. He died from sepsis on May 6, 2018 at the age of 82.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Gr. 4-6. Cohen, who has so often written about ghosts and otherworldly happenings, turns his attention to a particular kind of spirit--those who died in war. After a rather convoluted introduction about the validity of ghost stories--"Some people, probably a lot of people, do believe they are true, or at least that some of them are"--he offers 18 well-chosen tales, based on historic accounts. Most of the incidents come from World Wars I and II; Cohen comments that there were few ghostly sightings from the Korean battles or Vietnam, speculating that it may be too soon for these stories to circulate. He does include a samurai tale from Japan, a lover's story from the War of 1812, and a Civil War vignette. The eerie cover, an apparition wandering on a battlefield, will attract readers; once drawn in, they won't be disappointed. --Ilene Cooper

School Library Journal Review

A collection of ``true'' ghost stories, each framed within the context of war, from the 12th-century Japanese Gempei War to World Wars I and II. (An introductory note speculates that the Korean and Vietnam Wars are probably too recent to have inspired ghostly lore.) Cohen's understated, conversational tone is convincing and effective, although fragmented sentences frequently mar his style. As with the genre of the urban folktale (to which these predominately contemporary tales are related), readers have the impression of hearing the story from a close or reliable witness. These stories have been collected and retold, but Cohen does not cite his sources for them. Like his other collections, the book is well suited for reading aloud and invites retelling among children. --Susan H. Patron, Los Angeles Public Library (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.