Category Archives: Biography

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

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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

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

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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