The Brothers War: Civil War Voices in Verse

 
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The Brothers War: Civil War Voices in Verse
Age Range
8+
Release Date
November 27, 2007
ISBN
1426300360
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The wonderful wordplay of J. Patrick Lewis breathes new life into the speeches of Lincoln, the letters of Grant and Lee, and the moving human drama of our country's Civil War. Lewis' poignant poetry gives young readers a vivid insight into the brutal conflict that tore America apart. The author draws on primary-source books and articles to inspire each poem, bringing the ordinary and extraordinary voices of the Civil War to light. The book also includes a note from the Photo Editor on the authentic period images used throughout. Readers experience history directly as it was lived by Americans in the 1860s.

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Reader reviewed by Rita Lorraine Hubbard, The Original H.I.R. (Historical Investigative Reporter)

History-lovers out there take note! You'll definitely want to add this beautiful book to your collection.

The Brothers' War: Civil War Voices in Verse, by National Geographic, is a bittersweet blend of historical photographs and homesick poetry and letters from the Civil War battlefield.

The book's format sets somber, shockingly sad photographs against thick, richly golden pages to create a look of tragic authenticity. The pages include everything from details about various skirmishes to frantic letters from anxious parents, and the eventual replies written months later...long after the poor soldiers have died on the battlefield.

There is a treasury of wonderful photographs in this book, from the arrogant smiles of young rebel soldiers who dream of the glory of whipping the yanks, to a shockingly sad photograph of a boy-soldier with both arms blown off.

This may sound like a blunt and tragic war book, but it's so much more than that. It is a true testimony to the sacrifices that were made so that a people and a country could forever be free.

A fine addition to any Civil War library.
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