The Boys' War: Confederate and Union Soldiers Talk about the Civil War

Jim Murphy, Author Clarion Books $18 (128p) ISBN 978-0-89919-893-4
Readers of Russell Freedman's Newbery-winning Lincoln: A Photobiography , viewers of the recent PBS Civil War documentary series and even Nintendo-addicted preteens will find themselves immediately caught up in this dramatic and at times tragic book. Murphy's exemplary narrative history of the Civil War focuses on the contribution of boys--some as young as nine, many not yet teens. He skillfully interweaves excerpts from the diaries and letters of countless young men who, either seeking escape from the drudgery of farm work or embracing fantasies of glory, participated in America's most brutal and bloody war. Handsomely produced, the book does not shrink from presenting the stark images of youngsters killed or mutilated in battle. The extensive use of contemporary archival photos reinforces the power of the understated text. Ages 9-14. (Oct.)
Reviewed on: 10/01/1990
Release date: 10/01/1990
Genre: Children's
Prebound-Other - 110 pages - 978-0-7857-0950-3
Prebound-Sewn - 110 pages - 978-0-7807-2222-4
Paperback - 110 pages - 978-0-395-66412-4
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