The Notorious Benedict Arnold - Steve Sheinkin

How does somebody go from being one of the biggest supporters of the American Revolution to its most reviled traitor? While his betrayal of George Washington is famous, the full history of THE NOTORIOUS BENEDICT ARNOLD (Flash Point, $19.99) is less well known. In this well-researched and captivating biography, Steve Sheinkin presents another side of Arnold, focusing on his deep commitment to the revolution as well as the tensions between Arnold and other officials in the army. Young fans of American history will devour this close-up look at a complex figure. Ages 11-15. AJK

The War to End All Wars - Russell Freedman

Early in the twentieth century, the world erupted into THE WAR TO END ALL WARS (Clarion, $22). In hindsight we know that World War I was only the first in a horrific series of conflagrations that spanned the century. This leaves us with important questions: why did the war break out in 1914? Why was it so wasteful of human life? And, most important, why did it fail to end all wars? In clear prose, author Russell Freedman answers these questions, depicting the horror and stalemate of trench warfare and explaining the roots of the changes and disasters that Europe faced in the 1930s and 1940s. There are excellent period photographs throughout. Ages 10-15. DDL
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ISBN: 9780547026862
Availability: Special Order—Subject to Availability
Published: Clarion Books - August 2nd, 2010

Lafayette and the American Revolution - Russell Freedman

Russell Freedman’s profile of LAFAYETTE AND THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION (Holiday House, $24.95) is the story of a young Frenchman eager to pursue the lofty goal of liberty and to prove himself in battle. This exciting biography is engaging from the very first page. Prints, portraits, and drawings illustrate the tumultuous life of the Marquis de Lafayette, who rebelled against his own government to assist America in its Revolutionary War. Ages 10-14. KLP