Reviews by Tag: history

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Cramm This Book by Olivia Seltzer

Cramm This Book

By Olivia Seltzer
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Rated by
Mariam S.
Apr 30, 2022

Cramm This Book is a useful briefer on most of the important events going on today, as well as past events that are still relevant. Topics covered include recent wars such as the Vietnam War, the war in Afghanistan, natural disasters such as Katrina, diseases like AIDS, movements like BLM and #MeToo, and even more. The book also offers a helpful briefing on “the isms and phobias” where Seltzer defines and provides examples of discrimination due to xenophobia, homophobia, racism, sexism, islamophobia, etc.

Teen Review
Bomb by Steve Sheinkin

Bomb: The Race to Build—and Steal—the World's Most Dangerous Weapon

By Steve Sheinkin
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Rated by
Garrett L.
Aug 9, 2021

One of the greatest scientific discoveries has been made - on the brink of a war. It’s 1938, and chemist Otto Hahn has discovered that neutrons, at a high enough speed, can cause uranium atoms to split apart, releasing a huge amount of energy. The idea of an atomic bomb slowly falls into place and spreads like lightning, as Germany begins its campaign across Europe. As Germany begins collecting uranium, the rest of the world needs to catch up and create their own atomic bombs. Renowned scientists coalesce in Los Alamos, researching the atomic bomb, even with spies in their midst.

Teen Review
Cover photo of the book Killing the SS

Killing the SS

By Bill O'Reilly
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Rated by
Eric S.
Jan 5, 2021

A must-read for any history fans, Killing the SS by Bill O'Reilly and Martin Dugard shows the hunt to find the worst war criminals in the world and the race against time to bring them to justice. Dugard and O’Reilly bring you back to the end of WWII, following the stories of multiple “Nazi Hunters” who devoted their lives to catching these immoral individuals.

Teen Review

The Electric War

By Mike Winchell

Rated by
Sarjoun F from BV YA Lit Council
May 16, 2019

In The Electric War, readers dive into the initial application of electricity in late 19th century America and the substantial struggle that sprung from it. A decade-long conflict is waged on the effectiveness, danger, and control of direct and alternating current. Great minds such as George Westinghouse, Nikola Tesla, and Thomas Edison utilize their knowledge and prowess of electricity to compete in the race of lighting the world. 

Teen Review

The Wave

By Todd Strasser

Rated by
Olivia from Leawood Pioneer Library YAAC
Jun 22, 2017

This book is based on a true incident that occurred in a high school class in 1969.

When history teacher Burt Ross’ students can not seem to understand the powerful forces of group pressure that helped create the rise of Nazism, he decides to create the Wave, with its rules of “strength through discipline, community, and action.” It quickly spreads throughout the school. But as almost all of the students join in, Laurie Saunders and David Collins recognize its frightening momentum and must stop it before something awful happens.

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