Books by Martin W. Sandler

HOW THE BEATLES CHANGED THE WORLD by Martin W. Sandler
Released: Feb. 4, 2014

"A well-researched and attractively presented look in words and pictures at how the ever-popular Beatles did indeed change the world. (discography, sources, bibliography, further reading & surfing; not seen) (Nonfiction. 10-14)"
From their early performances in Liverpool to the present, this lavishly illustrated account examines the enduring influence of the Beatles on music and culture over the past 50 years. Read full book review >
THE LETTERS OF JOHN F. KENNEDY by John F. Kennedy
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 2013

"Though remarkably comprehensive for its limited length, more of Kennedy's voice would have served Sandler's purpose better."
A selection of letters to and from John F. Kennedy written over the course of 35 years. Read full book review >
Released: Aug. 27, 2013

"It is a good summary of a bad time, perhaps leading readers to question whether such events can reoccur in theirs. (places to visit, sources, further reading including websites, index) (Nonfiction. 10-14)"
Historian Sandler presents a cogent survey of Executive Order 9066 and its aftermath. Read full book review >
Released: Jan. 1, 2013

"An elementary steppingstone, but nothing more. (Nonfiction. 10-14)"
A very simple overview of World War II. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 11, 2012

"Outstanding nonfiction writing that makes history come alive. (source notes, bibliography, photography credits, index) (Nonfiction. 10 & up) "
Sandler brings to life an extraordinary true adventure tale set on the treacherous Arctic terrain. Read full book review >
KENNEDY THROUGH THE LENS by Martin W. Sandler
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Jan. 4, 2011

"Kennedy's life and administration were documented with a groundbreaking intimacy the public had never known before, making this an accessible, insightful perspective on one of America's most famous presidents. (further reading and websites, source notes, index) (Biography. 10-14)"
As he did in Lincoln Through the Lens (2008), Sandler offers a fascinating photo-essay examining how images shaped public perceptions of John F. Kennedy. Read full book review >
THE DUST BOWL THROUGH THE LENS by Martin W. Sandler
MUSIC AND THE ARTS
Released: Oct. 1, 2009

"Overall, though, Sandler offers an interesting perspective on the power photography has to shape public opinion and inspire social change. (sources, further reading/surfing, index [not seen]) (Nonfiction. 10-14)"
A unique approach to chronicling the Dust Bowl disaster focuses on the role photographers played in bringing the hardships of victims to national attention. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: May 1, 2009

"Thoroughly illustrated with period images, this is actually a multistranded tale in which Beach, Boss Tweed and New York itself play roughly equal roles; readers will come away admiring the uncommon ambition of all three. (maps, reading list) (Nonfiction. 11-13)"
In a grand tale of 19th-century American enterprise, Sandler pays tribute to Alfred Ely Beach, a publisher and inventor who built New York City's first subway. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Oct. 1, 2008

"It was through the camera that the most remarkable events in Abraham Lincoln's life were revealed, events that not only disclosed but shaped his life as well." Read full book review >
AMERICA THROUGH THE LENS by Martin W. Sandler
MUSIC AND THE ARTS
Released: Aug. 1, 2005

"One weakness is the absence from the suggestions for further reading of those books that exist for young readers on the photographers discussed—a crying shame. (Nonfiction. 10-14)"
From Matthew Brady to NASA and NOAA, a series of biographical sketches illuminates the lives and achievements of photographers "who have used their cameras to remind us of all that is good in our lives and all that needs to be corrected." Read full book review >
ISLAND OF HOPE by Martin W. Sandler
NONFICTION
Released: March 1, 2004

"Clearly a labor of love and an ode to Sandler's grandfather Louis Sage, the volume is a fitting tribute and a fine resource. (introduction, author's note, bibliography, index) (Nonfiction. 8+)"
Depending on how you fared, Ellis Island was the Island of Hope or the Island of Tears. Read full book review >
AMERICA’S GREAT DISASTERS by Martin W. Sandler
HISTORY
Released: May 1, 2003

"Sandler's offering will find a following—it's a pity it's so shallow. (Nonfiction. 8-12)"
A compendium of disasters tilts toward the sensational but does exert a certain ghoulish fascination. Read full book review >
VAQUEROS by Martin W. Sandler
Released: Jan. 15, 2001

"Young readers will get a far more detailed, vivid picture of vaquero life and work from the cowboy classics in his annotated bibliography. (Notes, glossary, index) (Nonfiction. 10-12)"
Logically pointing out that the American cowboy archetype didn't spring up from nowhere, Sandler, author of Cowboys (1994) and other volumes in the superficial, if luxuriously illustrated, "Library of Congress Book" series, looks back over 400 years of cattle tending in North America. Read full book review >
INVENTORS by Martin W. Sandler
BIOGRAPHY
Released: March 31, 1996

"The pictures are pretty; the history is simplistic and slanted. (index) (Nonfiction. 10-12)"
 Sharply reproduced black-and-white and full-color portraits, cityscapes, and images—cropped into ovals and rectangles, arranged in generous amounts of space—of quaintly angular mechanical devices visually document some of the changes wrought to 19th- century and early 20th-century American industry and home life by a flood of new inventions. Read full book review >
IMMIGRANTS by Martin W. Sandler
NONFICTION
Released: Feb. 28, 1995

"Both books are pretty to look at but hardly profound. (Index) (Nonfiction. 8+)"
 Part of the ``Travel Back Through Time with the Library of Congress'' series, these two U.S. history books draw upon the rich resources of a venerable institution for full color and b&w illustrations—vintage photos, engravings, posters, and memorabilia. Read full book review >