Search Results: "Milton Meltzer"


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Released: Oct. 15, 1964

"This biography was carefully researched and written so that a life of adventurous ideas reads with as such verve as any career on the battlefield."
There seems to have been no humanitarian cause of the 19th century on which Samuel Gridley Howe did not take the unpopular stance. Read full book review >

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COLUMBUS AND THE WORLD AROUND HIM by Milton Meltzer
BIOGRAPHY
Released: March 1, 1990

"The many historical illustrations and maps are less well captioned and reproduced than those in the Levinson biography (above), but the more abundant and specific detail here—as well as Meltzer's unique blend of clarity, wisdom, and compassion—makes this the better of two fine books."
Meltzer, a recent Jane Addams Book Award honoree who has made a specialty of social history for young people, presents the hero of 1492 as a persuasive visionary, a gifted navigator—and a disastrous administrator who was typical of his time in his callous exploitation of native people. Read full book review >

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"Though he lists remedies available to ordinary citizens, when corporate executives steal apple juice from babies it's hard not to be distrustful."
Noted social historian/author Meltzer tackles an overwhelming task describing today's broad range of criminal behavior. Read full book review >

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UNDERGROUND MAN by Milton Meltzer
FICTION
Released: Oct. 23, 1972

"Jeff's accidental first encounter with a runaway, his subsequent dangerous and dramatic rescue missions, his years as a specially marked prisoner are thus true in both historical and fictional terms — and though it's the former aspect that provides the chief interest here, the two are smoothly meshed and discreetly balanced."
Jeff Bowen's story is based on the "fragmentary and forgotten memoirs" of a Northern farm boy, briefly a preacher, who was later imprisoned for helping slaves escape from Kentucky. Read full book review >

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THE TERRORISTS by Milton Meltzer
Released: Nov. 1, 1983

"Brisk, knowledgeable, incisive."
Political terrorism without equivocation—taking off from the Brink's holdup and shootout. Read full book review >

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HISTORY
Released: April 1, 1989

"To be illustrated by David Small."
A matter-of-fact look at how our government was established and now functions, and how it can be abused. Read full book review >

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Released: Feb. 15, 1966

"A useful supplement to Civil War study."
The crusty mid-nineteenth century Congressman, a leader in Congressional reconstruction, receives solid treatment in this biography. Read full book review >

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HISTORY
Released: April 1, 1974

"And Meltzer draws together a number of critical issues — including slavery, expansionism and the Presidential conduct of foreign policy — which converge to make the Mexican War such an important period in the American past."
This is not another history from the Mexican or Mexican-American viewpoint, but a study of how the war with Mexico grew out of the spirit of Manifest Destiny and the conflict between anti-and pro-slavery forces. Read full book review >

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BENJAMIN FRANKLIN by Milton Meltzer
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Oct. 1, 1988

"This should become a standard work in juvenile library collections."
From a much-experienced biographer, a life of the protean writer-philosopher-scientist-statesman that readers should find both entertaining and memorable. Read full book review >

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Released: Oct. 1, 1976

"75 titles in his well selected bibliography."
While the vivid, first-hand memories of struggle and triumph—of William Zorach, Maurice Hindus, Mary Antin, Abraham Cahan, and others—are the backbone of this sequel to his documentary World of Our Fathers (1974), Meltzer isn't content with celebrating the success stories. Read full book review >

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HISTORY
Released: Nov. 15, 1989

"Suggested reading; index."
First-person accounts detailing the many aspects of the Civil War: a companion to Meltzer's The American Revolutionaries: A History in Their Own Words (1987). Read full book review >

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Released: June 15, 1960

"A bonanza!"
A feast for the Mark Twain fans, and a fitting commemoration of this, his 100th anniversary year. Read full book review >