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The President Has Been Shot! The Assassination of John F. Kennedy by James Swanson

I chose this book because I like history.  I have never read a book about JFK.  This book is broken down into two main sections.  The first section describes his life in the Navy, and his early years as a politician.  It also explains how his dad wanted him to be the first Catholic president.

Part two began discussing the planning and execution of JFK.  This section goes through who, what, when, where and how JFK was assassinated.  Even though this book is very informative, I would not recommend it.  I can’t tell exactly why, but my reasons are along the lines of : the facts were too straight forward, and it became very boring.

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Submitted by David

The Nazi Hunters by Neal Bascomb

BascombAfter reading this book, I give it a 7 out of 10 star rating.  This book goes into great detail of how spies captured Adolf Eichmann.  This story has great twists and turns and it really happened in history!  This book also has great pictures with wonderful captions to help you understand.  This book is very interesting and you will want to keep reading to know what is going to happen.  It also gives you a great background on certain people.  I highly recommend that you read this book and find out how spies are going to pull this off.

Submitted by ZM

GO: A Kidd’s Guide to Graphic Design by Chip Kidd

KiddAfter reading GO: A Kidd’s Guide to Graphic Design , I give it an 8 out of 10 star rating.  This book is great for people love to express themselves in different ways.  It shows you how to express yourself in different styles.  This book also shows you what types of fonts you should use for certain words.  Also, just like in the title, it shows you graphic designs.  This book has ten wonderful design project ideas.  This book is great for people who are just to learn starting art/graphic design.  If you’re into it, read it.

Submitted by ZM

Kennedy’s Last Days by Bill O’Reilly

O'ReillyIn the book Kennedy’s Last Days, it talks about how John F. Kennedy gets assassinated.  But first, it starts from the beginning where he first got elected.  The book gives good details about Kennedy as well as his assassin, Lee Harvey Oswald.  The book talks about the good times Kennedy’s family had and the bad times they had.  It talks about the struggles and wars during Kennedy’s presidency.  The book also explains the background history of Lee Harvey Oswald.  It was also interesting to see that the book included a family tree and talks about a lot of the members.  This book has pictures that have captured stunning moments.  I like this book for the pictures and information and think you should read it.

Submitted by ZM

Steve Jobs: The Man Who Thought Different by Karen Blumenthal

JobsI enjoyed reading this book.  It was a very  moving biography about Steve Jobs and everything he has contributed to our country.  He made so many great things for our enjoyment such as iPods, iPads, and iPhones.  He really is an inspiration to everyone who wants to pursue things like business.  He really was a great role model.

Submitted by Jordyn

 

Karen Blumenthal gives us a very well written biography of Steve Jobs.  It covers all points from the time Jobs was adopted to the time cancer got the best of him.  The biography not only describes these events but also displays Jobs’ feelings at the time.

Overall, I would rate the book a 9/10 just because of how will it shows Jobs’ life.  I would definitely recommend this book to a friend.  Considering millions of us use devices made by none other than Steve Jobs himself, it makes sens to spread background knowledge of the man who thought differently.

Submitted by AAH

Sugar Changed the World by Marc Aronson and Marina Budhos – Two Reviews!

SugarSugar Changed the World by Marc Aronson and Marina Budhos was very interesting.  This book was about how sugar changed the world.  The title says it all.  Main points in this book were about slavery on sugar plantations.  This topic may or may not sound interesting to you, but you’ll like this book anyway because of the way it was written.  Also, the authors connected their own personal stories to the book; you could say that this book was an extension of their story.
This book talked about sugar’s secret history throughout the world.  This history, not well known and very dark, is about greedy men who seek, as the book mentioned, “white gold.”
I would recommend this to friends and I would give it 4 out of 5 stars.  This book is a pretty good read, especially because of the way it was written.

Submitted by Omaier

I like learning about things in our history so this book was a great choice for me.  It also included things about slavery which I also enjoyed because I love learning about slavery.  It may not interest all people but if you enjoy history this is a book for you.

Submitted by Jordyn

Titanic: Voices from the Disaster by Deborah Hopkinson

HopkinsonTitanic: Voices from the Disaster by Deborah Hopkinson is by far one of the greatest books ever written and one of the best books I have ever read.  I have always been intrigued by the mysterious shipwreck of the RMS Titanic, and this book has helped me to understand so many things I never knew about the Titanic.  With amazing details, survivor interviews and photos, this book is a must read for all people who are interested in the Titanic.  I would rate this book a ten out of ten because it is without a doubt one of my all time favorite books.  I would recommend this book to my friends, family and people I know because it was that good!

Submitted by Justin

The Notorious Benedict Arnold by Steve Sheinkin – Two Reviews!

JacketIt’s easy to see why Steve Sheinkin’s The Notorious Benedict Arnold won the YALSA award for Excellence in Nonfiction.  Although, this book doesn’t seem like nonfiction at all.  Sheinkin turns dry history into a fresh story.  He adds action, drama and many other interesting things that textbooks leave out

This book is about Benedict Arnold, once a merchant but now known as a military leader.  Arnold is hasty, rash, and willing to do anything to get what he wants.  These traits prove to be good and bad throughout the story.  This book ends with a shocking and bitter transition in its last chapters.

I would rate this book five out of five stars.  I would recommend it to friends.  I would mostly recommend it to people who are interested in books about war.  Overall, this book was a very good read.

Submitted by Omaier

The Notorious Benedict Arnold is a fantastic and wonderful historical book.  I love history, so when I saw this book I knew I had to read it.  The story of Benedict Arnold and his treacherous ways is an interesting tale to read about and it is told masterfully by Steve Sheinkin.  I do not like Benedict Arnold in this book because he was treacherous towards his country.  I think it was interesting how Steve Sheinkin turned his historical facts into the format of a story.  I would give this book a 10 out of 10 rating because it was a really good book of history told in a story.  I would recommend it to my family, my friends and people I know because I think it’s that good and I think that people of all ages and genders would enjoy the tales and adventures of the treacherous Benedict Arnold.

Submitted by Justin

Wheels of Change by Sue Macy

JacketWheels of Change by Sue Macy was a pretty good read.  This book is about how the bicycle was not an object, but a means of liberation for women in America’s history.  You can learn a lot from this informational book.  I learned that women were looked down upon for bicycling, even though some were better cyclists than men.  Women were looked down upon for bicycling because of their position in society.

I would recommend this book to friends and I would give it 3 out of 5 stars.  I enjoyed this book’s use of quotes from female characters in cycling history at the beginning of each chapter.  If you’re looking for a quick, informational read, then this is the book to get.

Submitted by Omaier

Music was IT by Susan Goldman Rubin

This book, in my opinion, was a very inspiring book.  The book follows the life of Leonard Bernstein.  As a young child, Leonard, nicknamed “Lenny” was very into music; he listened to it all the time.  The day things changed is when his Aunt Clara gave his family a piano.  For Lenny, it was “love at first sight.”  At a young age, Lenny decided that music was going to be a part of his life.

My favorite character would have to be Lenny because like him, I also want music to be part of my life.  My favorite part of the story would have to be when Lenny really started to learn piano and practice all the time.  Sometimes, the neighbors even complained.

I would rate this book as a 7.5/10 because although this is an inspiring story, there were no exciting parts.  There were also no parts that really stood out to me, it was just a very detailed timeline.

Personally, I would only recommend this book to people that love music.  If you do not have a very big interest, I would not recommend this book for you.

Submitted by AXW

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