JOSHUA CHAMBERLAIN AND THE AMERICAN CIVIL WAR by Robert F. Kennedy Jr.

JOSHUA CHAMBERLAIN AND THE AMERICAN CIVIL WAR

Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.’s American Heroes
Age Range: 10 - 13
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KIRKUS REVIEW

Following in the footsteps of his illustrious uncle (or his uncle’s ghostwriter, perhaps), Kennedy profiles a historical figure who, in his view, exemplified the brand of courage and intellect required to keep this country the Land of the Free. Here he highlights the career of Chamberlain, a Maine “citizen soldier” who commanded Union troops in 24 battles, most notably the stout defense of Gettysburg’s Little Round Top and Big Round Top. Those last actions alone, in the author’s moot but thrilling estimation, “saved our country from destruction.” Overheated rhetoric aside, Kennedy does make a good case in this engrossing, well-told tale for more recognition of Chamberlain’s heroic achievements both on and off the battlefield. Illustrations include accurately detailed color sketches, a map and a pair of portrait photos. (brief reading list) (Biography. 10-13)

Pub Date: Sept. 25th, 2007
ISBN: 978-1-4231-0771-2
Page count: 48pp
Publisher: Hyperion
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: April 1st, 2008




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