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Book Review 2: Nonfiction History

Shawn N. 8-350
Exploring the Unknown
John M. Logston

Brian K. Class 8-350
The Story of the World Volume 1: Ancient Times
Susan Wise Bauer
Jeff West
Peace Hill Press

Christina A., 8-350
John Hersey
Vintage Books; copyright 1946, renewed in 1985

Name: Ryan S.  8-350
Title: Youth Destroyed-The Nazi Camps
Author: Ann Byers
Publisher: Enslow Publishers, Inc.
Published Date: 2010





This history book is about the 1969 moon landing, the first-time humans have ever been away from their home planet, and the backstory about how NASA (the National Aeronautics and Space Administration) came to be. Details are given about how the Saturn V rocket was made and a bit of inside information on the two main astronauts, Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin, and how the whole organization and campaign was viewed by the nation, and globally.
This book is about a historical event, so it is historical non-fiction. The point of view is in third person. Main characters include Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, President Eisenhower, John F. Kennedy, and Robert Gilruth. The setting is in the early 1960s, and takes place in places such as Washington D.C., and Huntsville, Alabama, where the Saturn V was built. Some important points are the founding of Project Apollo, the moon landing, and the decision of Kennedy’s to actually go to the moon. Some supporting details are the testing of the rocket in 1967, different kinds of engines used, such as a Formula-1 racecar chassis, etc. The central idea and author’s purpose is to spark reader’s interests about the capabilities of the human race, and the wonderful things we have accomplished.

 I liked this book because I am a big fan of NASA, and space in general. Also, this book really captivated me into finding more about how this was even possible, and the true meaning of the awe-inspiring quote: “That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.” I would recommend this book to aspiring astronomers and astrophysicists. Really, anyone who enjoys history books or amazing discoveries made by the human species would appreciate this book.


 In this story, Susan Wise Bauer teaches the reader about how people started becoming civilized, and how things started to progress for hundreds of years. She makes a lot of comparisons to the modern age we now live to make it easier for the reader to understand, and also makes everything so detailed and intriguing. This makes it feel as you were there when these events in the past happened. To start things off arethe first nomads, leading to the end of Rome.
The genre of this book is history, and the point of view is both third person and second person. For example, the author sometimes asks the reader to think about something, making it second person view as well. The people in this story are sometimes fictional for an example, while the others are important people in history. These important people from the past range from people in the Bible such as Joseph, Moses, and Abraham, to kings like Hammurabi, Philip, Shamshi-Adad, and Alexander the Great. They also mentioned the pharoahs of Egypt, such as King Tut, Amenhotep, Narmer, and the first woman pharoah named Queen Hatshepsut. Not only that, but the author included folklore with characters like Anansi the spider with his turtle friend. In other words, there were a lot of people mentioned in the book. The setting varies a lot, from Sumer to China. The time during the book is from 7000 BC to 475-476 AD. Some supporting details in the story come from archaeological finds such as Ashurbanipal’s tablets and the Bible. The central idea of the book is to show that the world changes and advances over time, making history so interesting. The author’s purpose in this book would be to educate the reader about the beginning of civilizations in history and to get the reader to be more interested about it.
The things I liked about this book was that it actually made history a fun and interesting thing to read about, which isn’t an easy task. Most people my age would be bored if they learned about this in class, but how the author presents the information is amazing! Not only that, but I regret not getting this book in 6th grade, because this covers everything that my social studies teacher taught me in one, simple and interesting book! I am now looking forward to reading the rest of this author’s volumes of “The Story of the World”, and I would recommend this book to anyone. It would educate them and keep them entertained at the same time! There is nothing bad to say about the book, and only positive things! You should definitely read this, and especially if you’re a student ranging from a public school to a college! This book has opened my eyes to how modern our world has become, and how big it actually is.



            “Hiroshima” by John Hersey is about the first atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima, Japan and its 245,000 residents in 1945.  It tells the stories of six survivors, all of whom experienced tragedy after tragedy.  Most of the stories told show the horrible aftermath of the dropping of the bomb, including radiation illness and terrible burns experienced by everyone in the city.  The survivors’ stories are recounted in the days, months, and years following the dropping of the bomb, and present information about the effects of the bombing.
“Hiroshima” is a historical non-fiction book in third person point of view (omniscient) of John Hersey. There were six main people in the book, and all told very different stories about what happened to them and the rest of Hiroshima in 1945. These six people were Toshinki Sasaki, who was a clerk at a department store; Dr. Fuji, who was a physician and owned a private hospital; Mrs. Makamura, a widow with two children; Father Kliensorge, a German priest; Dr. Sasaki, who was a surgeon; and Reverend Tanimoto, who was the pastor of a Methodist Church.  All of the stories told by Hersey in the book had come from interviews with these people.  The time period for the majority of the book was August, 1945; when the atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima.  The supportive details are split up by chapter, and are the chapter titles.  The supporting details of the book were when the bomb was dropped, the fires that went on after the bombing, the people finding out what happened (many did not know who had dropped the bomb and where it was dropped), the diseases that struck the town, and the aftermath of everything that happened in 1945 (this final chapter was written 40 years after the others.) The author’s purpose for writing this was to give insight to the world about what happened in Hiroshima, and to share real stories, without covering up the facts.
In all honesty, I thought this book was amazing. John Hersey is a fantastic writer who was able to present the information he collected in a meaningful and descriptive way.  I would have thought the stories were from firsthand accounts if he didn’t read the authors name!  There were also many parts of the story that were extremely gory and almost too scary to read.  I thought this was a good way to present the information because I and many other readers were able to imagine what was happening to the people of Hiroshima in the days following the bombing.  The diseases and burns described in each chapter made it seem as if the impossible had happened. I never really like gory stories, but in this book, I thought they were very interesting. They were what completed the story and made it worth reading.  I would recommend this book to anyone who loves history and wants to know more about WWII. The book was very insightful, and had helped me learn a lot more about what actually happened in Hiroshima.  If you do get squeamish though, this book may not be for you. It was full to the brim with harsh descriptions that can make people feel awkward and uncomfortable. All in all, “Hiroshima” by John Hersey helped to change the way I think about history, and I am sure it did the same for others who read this phenomenal story.




            If mass killing, horror, and segregation are the words that come to your mind when you think of the Holocaust, then this book will prove you right and provide you with a realistic and graphic portrait.  As you read excerpts from their experiences, the book depicts the lives of teenagers living through the Holocaust.  The camp environment, the soldiers’ treatment of the inmates and the transfer between camps, are vividly shown throughout this book.  Because of the author’s use of various primary sources, you could feel how you would have been treated, no matter which camp would have been sent to. 
The historic book Youth Destroyed-The Nazi Camps, by Ann Byers, is told in the third person, with excerpts told in the first person.  Some of the characters are: Alice Lok, Lae Weems, Hedy Epstein and Kurt Gerstein.  The story takes place between 1933-1945 in Germany, France, and the Netherlands.  Some supporting details of the Holocaust are, Adolf Hitler being elected chancellor and the first concentration camp opening.  The author’s purpose for writing is to inform the reader about the Holocaust and how devastating it was for teenagers.
I liked how vivid the excerpts were when describing the lives of the teenagers.  It helped to show the hardships the teenagers had to deal with daily.  I would recommend this book to anyone who wants to know more about the Holocaust, or teenagers who can learn what their lives might have been like had they lived during the Holocaust.  This book helped me to understand how extermination camps killed so many people and got away with.  I appreciated how the author turned such a grueling topic into a readable one.






Sukaina S.  8-350
“How Could This Happen: Explaining the Holocaust”
Dan McMillan
Published by Basic Books, Copyright © 2014 Dan McMillan

Ashley S. 8-350
"The Secret Of The Yellow Death: A True Story Of Medical Sleuthing"
Suzanne Jurmain
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company and Copyright © 2009 by Suzanne Jurmain
Date: 11/12/17

Jelani B. Class 8-350
Title: Hidden Figures Young Readers Edition The untold true story of four African
American women who helped launch our nation into space.
Author: Margot Lee Shetterly
Publisher and copyright: HarperCollins
Date: 11/12/17

Kasey G. 8-350
“Thomas Jefferson and the Tripoli Pirates:  The Forgotten War That Changed American History”

Brian Kilmeade and Don Yaeger

     This book is a compilation of reasons, factors, and answers to why the Holocaust happened the way it did. The Holocaust was a genocide like no other, and many wonder how this horrific event could have occurred. Many things contributed to the rise of Hitler, such as the political state of Germany after World War One, and the desensitization of the German people to war and persecution. Once this basis was in place, all it needed was a leader, and that was Adolf Hitler. He managed to lead the masses, simply by his public speaking abilities. By blaming all of Germany’s problems on the Jewish community, he managed to gain the trust of an entire country, and became the front, for what some would say was the worst genocide in human history.
This book is a historical compilation of facts, questions and answers, told in the third person. The most important person mentioned in this book is Adolf Hitler. This book describes the period of history from World War One, until right after World War Two, in, and around Germany. The most important details in this book are about the psychology of the Nazis. Many wonder if these people were mentally insane or psychologically damaged in some way, to enable them to commit these awful crimes. However, research shows that they were just like us, only, exposure to war had desensitized them. In addition, they did not see Jews as humans, due to brainwashing, thus allowing them to slaughter a Jews like we slaughter animals. The central idea of this book is that a combination of factors, along with extremely bad luck, caused the Holocaust. I believe the author wrote this book to inform others of reasons why the Holocaust happened, and so that we can learn from our previous mistakes and make sure that this never happens again.
This book was probably one of the best nonfiction books I have ever read. It was engaging and interesting, particularly because instead of just presenting facts, the author worded them in a way that caught my attention. It was not too hard to understand, but presented the right amount of new vocabulary, that prompted me to look up the definition. This book included social, political, economic, and situational circumstances to explain that Holocaust and I found that very interesting. I would recommend this book to anyone who wants a thorough analysis of this historical event, and not just the basics. However, I would recommend that the younger audience refrain from reading this, because this book is not for the faint of heart. All in all, this was a well thought out book, which allowed me to gain a thorough understanding of this fatal occurrence, that is known as the Holocaust.



In the late 1890's and early 1900's, the Spanish-American War was fought and an outbreak of a disease spread like a wildfire throughout Cuba. Thousands lost their lives as a result of this deadly disease, yellow fever. No one knew how people were getting the disease and surely didn't know a cure. Soon, 4 military doctors (Walter Reed, Jesse Lazear, James Carroll, and Aristides Agramonte) were sent to the harbor of Havana to find out what caused yellow fever. Throughout the book, Suzanne Jurmain describes all of their discoveries and how they changed the world of science forever. Even through all the hard times that Cuba and other countries were facing, there was no time to give up. Their only option was to keep their heads up and hope for the best. Lives were depending on this team of scientists to help them survive and cure yellow death. Rewriting their history, Jurmain describes how the scientists used medical sleuthing to put a stop to yellow fever.
The genre of this book is historical and discusses the time period where yellow fever was brought into Cuba. The book is told in third person by the author. The main people mentioned in the book are Walter Reed, Jesse Lazear, James Carroll, Aristides Agramonte, Carlos Finlay and the many volunteers for the experiments. The experiments and research take place in Cuba in the early 1900's. As the book goes on, the reader learns more and more about yellow fever in the 1900's and how people responded to it. Back then, scientists were limited in resources unless they had money to conduct many experiments and research. When the time came to where the team of scientists needed money, thankfully, they got it and were able to continue changing the world of science and medicine. This book was most likely written to inform readers about medical sleuthing and how people react to a crisis. Also, the author wanted the reader to know about the time period where yellow fever destroyed many lives. Curing yellow fever changed the world and saved thousands of lives and brought us to where we are today.

Overall, I loved this book and everything that it came with. Reading books about diseases and medical history brings joy to my eyes and I learned how doctors and scientists reacted to yellow fever and how they conducted experiments and researched. This book truly shows how far we've come in medicine and the lengths that people would go to just to help others. The best part of the book was probably when they started to conduct experiments and were just a few steps away from curing yellow fever and changing the world of medicine. If you like reports on medical history or books about diseases, this book is the one for you. My sister would definitely love this book because of her love for bacteria since she's an assistant pathologist. Altogether, this book was a great read and taught me not only about the history but a life lesson I will never forget






Hidden Figures is the story of four African American women who helped the
United States launch a man into space.  The story takes place in 1967, a time when
women were still viewed as inferior in the work place.  The story follows four
“computers” who worked for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration
(NASA) during the space race.  These four women helped launch the first man into
orbit and calculated the landing point after he had returned through the
atmosphere. One of these women was also the first to ever be promoted to the
Senior Executive Service for her work in researching supersonic flight and sonic
booms.  All four of these women accomplished great things while being women and

The genre of Hidden Figures is nonfiction.  This book is written in the point of
view of all four women which include: Dorothy Vaughan, Mary Jackson, Kathrine
Johnson and Christine Darden.  There are many characters in the story.  These
characters include: Dorothy Vaughan, Mary Jackson, Kathrine Johnson, Christine
Darden, Al Harrison, Vivian Mitchell, Paul Stafford, John Glenn, Jim Johnson, Joylette
Coleman, Ms. Summer, Levi Jackson, Eunice Smith, Constance Johnson, Kathy
Johnson and Ruth.  The setting of the story is mainly the Langley Research Center. 
The plot of Hidden Figures is during World War II when more females were being
hired to do “mens jobs” at the NACA (soon to be NASA).  This meant more female
computers (mathematicians).  Four of these computers: Dorothy, Mary, Kathrine and
Christine were extremely successful and were integral pieces later on during
the space race.  The central idea of Hidden Figures is no matter your skin color, race
or gender if you work hard and never give up you will be successful.  The author’s
purpose in writing the book was to reveal the hidden stories of four important
women in the history of the United States.

There were many things I liked about the book.  One of those things is: the
success of the four women.  These women’s success in the story empowered me
and made me feel proud to be an African American.  Another thing that I liked about
the story was the amount of pressure put on the “computers” (mathematicians).  If
the computers made a mistake, the entire space mission could fail.  This tension
made the story even more interesting.  If you support equality in the work place and
the success of minorities then this could be the book for you.



“Thomas Jefferson and the Tripoli Pirates” is a book on the “forgotten war” between America and the Tripoli pirates. It explains the conflicts between America and the pirates in different events. These conflicts either escalated or were eventually solved. America was only trying to defend the Western Hemisphere and maintain important trade routes while the pirates stole their property.  It also was a narrative on the development of America’s Navy.
This book is a history book. The point of view is an unbiased, 3rd person point of view. The characters were: William Bainbridge, who was the Captain of the US Navy; Richard O’Brien, who was the Captain of the “Dauphin”; Murat Rais, who was the High Admiral of the Navy of Tripoli; Edward Preble, who was the Captain of the “USS Constitution”; Thomas Jefferson, who was the Minister of France and later President of the United States; and Richard Dale, Captain of the US Navy. The period was between 1783-1806 and took place in Boston, Philadelphia New York, West Indies, James Fort, Sierra Leone, Lisbon, Cadiz, Gibralter, Tangier, Algiers, Tunis, Tripoli, Benghazi, Derne, Alexandria, Constantinople, Bristol, and Glasgow.
The important events are, in order, when the pirates make themselves present; when one of the American ships humiliates themselves, giving the Tripoli new ideas on taking and fighting America. When Jefferson becomes President and makes his new marks like making more ships and a better Navy. When America makes a peace treaty with Tripoli, the leaders of Tripoli breaks that peace and goes to war with America. America wins that war. Then, there is a period that America and Tripoli spy on each other. America then attacks with one boat and fails. That boat is taken by the pirates and used against America. The crew of the boat was captured. Jefferson comes up with a plan to rescue them, but they need time and patience. America and Tripoli go into a second war and America wins again. The purpose of this book is to inform people on the war that had changed American History and to show the conflicts between the Tripoli and America.
I enjoyed this book because it described the wars in a storytelling manner. It lured me into the story, and I was excited and not willing to put the book down. However, there were events that are unexciting and boring. For example, the planning that Jefferson had to do. I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys learning about history, planning of wars, building of a Navy and how Jefferson was a great President.





Alain P ​ ​8 - 350
Title - The 2011 Japan Disasters
Author - Marcia Amidon Lusted
Cover photo by Becky Daum
ABDO Publishing, Copyright by ABDO Consulting Group, Inc.
Published 2012

Gulshat M. 8-350
“The Secret of the Yellow Death: A True Story of Medical Sleuthing”
Suzanne Jurmain
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company
© 2009 Suzanne Jurmain

Justin S.
Dave Cullen
©2009 by Dave Cullen Hachette Book Group

Jenna E. 8-350
Title: Empire of Ancient Egypt
Author:Wendy Christensen 
Publisher:Chelsea House Publishers 


In 2011, Japan suffered of a critical natural disaster. Written by Marcia Amidon Lusted, “The 2011 Japan Disasters”, documents the horrible blow Japan took. March 11, 2011 was the day the whole country felt the earthquake, and later came the enormous 30 foot high tsunami followed by aftershocks. Marcia describes the events vividly, while also taking quotes from other survivors and witnesses of the accident. Detail by detail, from tsunami, to a nuclear emergency, and a raging fire throughout Japan. Also it described after the earthquake, the realization of all the population lost and Japan’s recovery efforts. This book displayed the horrible disaster that occurred to Japan.
The genre of “The 2011 Japan Disasters” was history. It was a historical event that happened 6 years ago. The author Marcia portrays the events that developed from the earthquake in 3rd person while giving little snippets of information that other people quoted, for example; survivors, reporters, doctors, all gave their point of view of what they experienced. Aside from Marcia illustrating the devastating event, she imported people’s encounter with the tsunami and earthquake. For example, people like, Grant Stillman, Masaki Ohata, Andrew Pateras, Christine Gibson, David S., Kumi o., Robert Zoellick and more. The text states, “Andrew Pateras wrote in his blog on the night of the first earthquake: I am writing to you at after midnight Tokyo time and the aftershocks are still hitting hard.” Also, the text stated how Masaki Ohata saved his dog during the tsunami of 2011 in Japan. The author’s purpose of writing this book was to mainly inform the world of the disaster that happened in Japan. And to portray the insights of other people that saw, experienced, or heard of the incident. The text explores the double disasters, the tsunami and earthquake, that resulted in thousands of deaths and left many people homeless or in misery of their lost relatives and friends.
Altogether, I found Marcia Amidon Lusted’s book “The 2011 Japan Disasters”, very informative and illustrating. Beside covering all the information I needed and much more, I also enjoyed the book for its pictures and quotes of the wreckage and recovery efforts of Japan. As an example of Marcia’s moving and descriptive way of words, the book states, “Many others in Kesennuma City drowned in their cars when the tsunami wave engulfed a huge traffic jam of people trying to flee. A reporter for Bloomberg television witnessed the destruction, ‘The wave was mixed with mud, with ships, and cars smashing toward wooden houses, dragging those into rice fields, and basically bashing them into pieces.’  When I read this, I had an image in my head of the tsunami destroying everything in its path, and it made me feel sorry for the people who had to go through this natural disaster. If you’re looking for an event in history or like disasters that had a huge impact on civilization or society, then this book is for you. Or if you’re in need to research a disaster and its aftermath and need an example, this book could well inform you of the 2011 Japan disasters, giving you vital pictures of what developed from the earthquake, and keeping you hooked until the very end.





    In this book, a team of 5 doctors were sent to Cuba after the Spanish-American war. These doctors spent months researching and experimenting about the cause and effect of the yellow death (malaria) and how it spread. Some doctors ended up sacrificing themselves to the experiments which were conducted, enduring days of torturous effects of the disease. They explored many theories and made many new ground-breaking discoveries. 
“The Secret of the Yellow Death: A True Story of Medical Sleuthing” is a nonfiction book about the historical event of the spread and research on yellow death. This book is told in third person limited point of view as it followed the memoirs, medical logbooks and documents from the team of doctors. It follows the doctors: Walter Reed, Jesse Lazear, James Caroll, Aristides Agramonte, and Carlos Finlay. Set in Cuba during the early 1900s it follows Walter Reed and his team of doctors on their grueling and gory quest to find how the yellow death spread. The author’s purpose was to educate people on the team of doctors and their discoveries on yellow death.
Overall, this book is a very good educational book. The author spared no details on how yellow death affected people. The illustrations that accompanied the book were very helpful and made following the book extremely easy. The book pertains to its title and the discoveries that were included are prime examples of medical sleuthing. I would recommend this book to anyone that enjoys learning about how life was before modern medicine.





On April 20, 1999, in a small town near Denver, Colorado, the world changed.  Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold, had a plan.  They wanted to at least double the record for largest death count in a school in Colorado, and lucky for them they were on track to do more than just double it.  They could have killed almost 2,000 kids as opposed to the desired 100.  They were going to explode their high school, Columbine High School, and shoot every other survivor with military tactics.  But in the end, thankfully, they only killed 15 students and faculty, including themselves.  So why did they only kill 15 people, what was it that stopped their plan from working?  And most importantly, why did they do it?  In Columbine, Dave Cullen tells the story of the 15 victims and thousands of Jefferson County citizens shaken by the attacks.  He explains what Eric and Dylan’s plan was and why it was that.  Dave Cullen is able to provide a plethora of knowledge to educate you and sadden you with the story of an ordinary school in an ordinary town on a not so ordinary day.
Columbine is a nonfiction book in third person omniscient.  The characters are Eric and Dylan, the killers, their family and friends, all the victims of the attack, and everyone else involved from the FBI agents, a news caster, a priest who must rebuild a broken town, and every single member of Jefferson County.  The story starts in the mid to late 1990’s all the way to current day.  It is set in the small county of Jefferson in Colorado, but it also takes place in small parts across the country.  The book is set around Eric and Dylan’s hate for the world and their plot to blow up their school.  It focuses in on the plan and its effects on the world.  The author’s purpose was to educate the world on this event and how we can handle events like this and stop it from happening again.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book because it handles issues that have shaped this world.  Additionally, Dave Cullen presented so much information but yet broke it down in a way that it was so easy to consume and understand this book.  I believe that if you live on earth you should read this book, because this is our world and we must understand it.  This is since this story not only took place on this earth but shaped this earth.  It feels like it is every day that we hear of another school shooting and the Columbine shooting is the one that paved the way for all future shootings to come.  It is unfortunate to say, but one day we will be affected by some form of hate-filled attack in our community or family and Columbine presents how others dealt with and overcame the events.  This book brings up so many Current Events topics from Gun Policies to Anti-Bullying to even parental neglect.  This is why I believe that everyone must read this book.






The book Empire of Ancient Egypt talks about how ancient Egyptians lived. Another frequently discussed topic is the great civilization that grew up around the Nile River. The wonderful book explained how religion was important for Egyptian politics. To add on, the phenomenal history book gave examples about the games the children's played. It also talked about the Nile river; which was what Egyptians mostly depended on for water. There had also been a large empire which housed millions of Egyptians who were leaders. Back in the day, people called them pharaohs.
The genre of the book is nonfiction history. The point of view is third person omniscient. The characters are the pharaohs, the Egyptians, and animals. This had happened in Egypt at the time 3050 BC to 332 BC. The book was mainly about how huge Egypt was and how amazing the empire was. There were various different great things in Egypt. For example, the Nile river, the culture and more.
Hence, I would recommend this book to anyone who loves learning about different places and examining different cultures and traditions. This book should be great for anyone 12 and up. If you’re ever bored and need a book to read, you should read this book. I loved this book because it gave tons of information I never knew before. "Empire of Ancient Egypt" is an interesting and fun book to read. It gave a lot of useful information about the society and way people treat each other in ancient Egypt.







Sandaru E. 8-350
“The Korean War”
Brian Fitzgerald
Capstone, 2006

Gerardo R. 8-350
The Dead March:A History of The Mexican-American War
Peter Guardino
Harvard (publisher)

Yasmine T
David Von Drehle
Copyright: 2003
Publisher: Grove Press

Molly D
The Boston Marathon Bombing
By: Valerie Bodden
ABDO Publishing Company
Copyright© 2014 by ABDO Consulting Group


“War is monstrous. It’s very nature is one of tragedy and suffering.” It is unfortunate, that there are numerous well-known wars throughout our nation’s history. Many of the lives of our American soldiers were lost and eventually forgotten as a result. Brian Fitzgerald writes in this book about the Korean War, which was between North and South Korea. This raised tensions between the Soviet Union and America because they had formed alliances with rival sides. This war started on June 25th, 1950 at around 4 am, when the North Koreans had invaded South Korea and American President, Harry S. Truman was notified. Korea had been split up in half after World War II, resulting in North Korea and South Korea. North Korea had been authorized to the Soviets, while South Korea was administered by America. Since North Korea has a communist government, and South Korea took in a democracy, it caused tension that led up to war. The South Koreans had lost a few of the first few battles since U.S. troops were in Japan meanwhile. The Soviet Union was supplying North Koreans with better tools and soldiers, which resulted in North Korea gaining more ground and U.S. and South Korea losing more lives. Then the United Nation had provided South Korea with more equipment and soldiers, allowing them to brawl back and seize enemy soldiers. After 3 years since it began, brawling had come to a halt and the separation between Northern and Southern Korea had remained the same. Although, the war ended up rising tensions between the Soviet Union and the U.S., which led into the Cold War.
The genre of this text is a nonfiction historical book because it fills in about a true event in the history of U.S. and Korea. The story is told by a person outside of the story in a third person omniscient point of view using pronouns such as “them” and “he” frequently, which is included in third person omniscient. The author knows the feelings and events about each person at times proving it omniscient. President Truman was a major individual in this war. He was the President of the United States throughout most of this war and coordinated the United Nations and troops to aid South Korea. Another important figure was General Douglas MacArthur. He was the principal U.S. General and communicated to the President about various incidents concerning the war. The war occurred from June 25th, 1950 until July 27, 1953 in North and South Korea. Important events of the war included the beginning when President Truman avoided calling it a war just so he could be able to deploy U.S. troops without congressional approval. Another important detail is that the war killed over 21,000 American troops and tons of more Korean and United Nation Veterans. Also, the war could have been inevitable or delayed if the United Nation would have gone to the meeting. My concluding supporting detail is that, the U.S. was facing a harsh winter and that their enemy’s population was growing making it difficult to win. The authors purpose for this book was to inform readers and educate them about a significant time in our history. The central idea is that the Korean War was a war that affected the eventuality of many other countries. The author, Brian Fitzgerald, develops this idea throughout the book by describing the effects throughout the world due to the war.
I definitely enjoyed reading this book, coming from a person who has no knowledge or eagerness toward history. Fitzgerald did a spectacular job catching my attention toward a significant event in history I was uncertain of. The pictures conveyed with the book, showing harsh conditions that soldiers had faced, and the pictures of people to go along with the description. Moving forward, the description was included in the caption which severely helped me understand the picture and the text furthermore. The fun facts in little boxes also pleased me. It added additional information, a-bit unusual or interesting just for the fun of it. I would recommend this to anyone who isn’t quite interested in history just like me. It could help them open up their mind and be eager to learn more. History isn’t my favorite, but this book absolutely changed my perspective and kept me engaged throughout the description of events and images. Reading this book would never be a regret.



The book “The Dead March;A History of The Mexican-American War” is a book that explains
what really happened during the Mexican-American War. It not only tells us general facts about
the war but it goes down into detail on the events of the Mexican-American war. It also talks
about many of the aspects of the war while explaining factors that changed the outcome of
the war.
The book “The Dead March;A History of The Mexican-American War” is nonfiction history. It
is in the point of view of not only the Mexicans but also of the Americans. The characters in the
book is the Mexican and American population. The book takes place in both Mexico and The
United States during the 1840’s. The plot were the events that happened during the war while the
author’s purpose was to show why The United States won the war.
I liked the book a lot because my family is from Mexico and I was born in America so the book
had to do with the two countries I love. The book was able to show and teach me more about
their history. I would recommend this to anyone who is interested in history, specifically
American and Mexican history. I also have a few friends who really like history, so I recommend
this book to them because they could probably learn a lot from this. Overall, I recommend this to
anyone who wants to know about both countries (Mexico and The United States).





Around 4:30pm on March 25, 1911, the triangle shirtwaist company burned for only a matter of minutes, however the result of this fire took hundreds of lives. People on the street started to notice fire bellowing from the 8th floor. The engine company arrived a few blocks away from the fire and had trouble maneuvering the hose. At this point the factory workers were helpless to save themselves. The elevators could only fit ten people. The door leading to the staircase was extremely crowded because the doors opened in instead of out. Panic-stricken woman now jumped to their deaths from the ninth floor, trying to grab onto a ladder to save themselves. No one is really sure of the cause of the fire, although, this fire resulted in labor laws that helped factory workers feel safer working. The fire also changed construction, such as, having a sprinkler system installed and having doors open outwards.

       Furthermore, “Triangle: The Fire That Saved America” is a nonfiction history book. It is written in third person point of view. Leon Stein is an important person because he's giving information about the fire to the readers, since on the day of the fire he was a bystander. Another important person was Thomas C.T. Crain, he was living proof that not all high-born citizens were contemptuous of the Democratic machine. This historical event takes place in the 1900s in New York City. The people that had problems leaving the building because of its condition are supporting details, because more people would've survived if the building had better conditions. The author, David Von Drehle, wrote this book to inform many about the tragic incident that took place in history. Many people are not familiar with this time period and would want to know more about this topic.

       I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who likes a book that makes them keep reading it and not putting it down and be on the edge of your seat. This book made me want to never put it down because I wanted to know how the workers got out and how the fire changed their lives. I love how the author has captured the full meaning of the tragic event on March 25, 1911, and by his effort has created a lasting monument to those who perished on this sad day. People who also like to learn about history would like this book because this fire has changed the way many people work and live today.






 On April 15, 2013, The Boston Marathon Bombing shocked our nation and made us wonder how many terrorists were living in plain sight. 26-year-old Tamerlan Tsarnaev and his 19-year-old brother Dzhokhar placed two backpacks containing homemade bombs made of pressure cookers filled with BBs and nails at the finish line. When they exploded, nobody knew what the cause of the flying debris was and assumed it was a blown transformer. But when forensics in hazmat suits looked at the scene shortly after the blasts, the clues led right to an act of terror. Officials scanned security looking for the people who injured almost 300 people and killed 3. A bit into their searching, the Tsarnaev brothers were spotted on security cameras of nearby shops and restaurants carrying large bags and were said to be "not paying attention to the race". Now, it took to the press, putting out the full identities of the bombers, hoping to catch them. Soon, they found the brothers, one in a stolen car, and began a 6 mile car chase. The chase ended long after with the shooting of Tamerlan Tsarnaev, but Dzhokhar was still running. After police put the whole city on lockdown, an intense search was underway. At about 7:00 pm Dzhokhar was found, bloody under the tarp of resident Dave Henneberry's boat. The hunt was then over, and Dzhokhar was charged with using a weapon of mass destruction and malicious destruction of property. 4 days later Dzhokhar was transferred to a medical detention center. After surgeries and weeks in hospitals, victims were soon being released and memorials were held for the people killed.

 "The Boston Marathon Bombing" is a nonfiction book exploring a tragic event in history, told by witnesses, victims, and second-hand accounts. This book focuses on the bombers, brothers Tamerlan Tsarnaev and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, but also the victims of injury and unfortunately death.    8-year-old Martin Richard, 29-year-old Krystle Campbell, 23-year-old Lu Lingzi, and officer Sean Collier were the only casualties on April 15, 2013 but were necessary to be mention because of their significance in the attack. In the beginning, the book's setting explained the starting line in Boston Common, a large park in the center of the city, but soon moved to the finish line, 26.2 miles away in Hopkinton Massachusetts. A detail that expanded my knowledge of the event was, " In the days after the attack, many throughout the city adopted the slogan "Boston Strong". This furthered my view and understanding of how the people of Boston and throughout America were able to deal with aftermath of such a horrific event and stay strong for the victims and families suffering. The author, Valerie Bodden, wrote this book to inform readers about not only The Boston Marathon Bombing, but about how a nation can come together to prevent another tragic attack.

  I recommend this book to anyone wishing to see the power of unity within a nation during its hard times. I liked this book because of the thorough information provided in each chapter. In every scene or part of the story there was information to deepen your understanding of that event's significance. One example is the use of words and the number of details provided during the capture of Dzhokhar. You will enjoy this book if you like the solving of mysteries behind a crime and the uncovering of details that lead to the capture of the criminals behind them. 











Rachel D.        8-350
Hitler Youth: Growing Up in Hitler’s Shadow
Susan Campbell Bartoletti
Scholastic Copyright- 2009

Olivia S.​ 8-350 ​ ​ ​ ​
The Titanic
​By Dan Harmon
Chelsea House Publishers

Syeda J 8-350
Book Title: “The Holocaust Overview”
Book Author: Ann Byers
Publisher: Nancy De Napoli
Copyright date: 1998

Connor M.
Lost Worlds Vikings
J.M. Clements


Adolph Hitler, one of the cruelest men to ever live, once said “He alone, who owns the youth, gains the future.” This statement alone is what ignited the flame of one of the largest youth organizations ever to exist, Hitler Youth. With war boiling in Germany, Hitler knew that children could still be the future. Children could win the war. Children could oppress people. Children could bring fear. He strived to attract Germany’s youth into the grasps of the organization. That is exactly what happened to millions of kids who either wanted to join, or were forced to. Many were fearful of being outcasts in society. Others believed Hitler’s deceiving claims. No matter the purpose, this story follows many children and their story behind joining. Will they survive the harsh youth camps, or will they perish, not only physically, but mentally, at the hands of the Nazis?  This story takes its reader on a journey through childhood that directly correlates with war, betrayal, and lies.

The genre of this book is historical, told from the point of view of the Susan Campbell Bartoletti, the author and narrator. This book follows the stories of numerous children: Aflons Heck, Helmuth Hubener, Bert Lewyn, Melita Maschmann, Henry Metalmann, and Herbert Norkus. This book took place during World War II in the years 1933-1945 in Germany. The author’s main purpose in writing this book was to educate its readers about the lies passed in Germany during the war that led to the destruction of Germany’s morals. In other words, she strived to pass the central idea that propaganda is deceiving and false. She even stated, “Signs with pictures of smiling children and grassy green fields lured children in and made them think it was a safe haven.” She also wanted to embed the idea in our minds that learning about history can change the future in a positive way. Throughout the book, the author consistently stated that knowledge about the past can prevent harm in the future. For example, she mentioned, “It’s important to learn of these injustices to Germany’s children now, rather than possibly let time repeat itself.” She also states in the epilogue, “So if you’re just a child reading this book, don’t think of it as a homework assignment. Just remember the facts, the message that I’ve sent you. Don’t copy others; believe what you want to believe in, because trying to be someone else isn’t always the best thing to do.” Overall, the author’s purpose was to inform readers on Hitler Youth to help educate and warn the world of propaganda and prevent anything similar from happening in the future.

I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys reading about tragedies in the past. It was loaded with interesting facts on the Hitler Youth group that were both shocking and explanatory. Personally, I enjoyed the book, and I’m not one to find interest in history books. Although I don’t like history, I do enjoy suspense and plot twists. If you, like me, are interested in those things, I would certainly recommend this book, which is filled with astonishing surprises. If you like to learn about world history, I would definitely suggest this book. It is packed with facts that will glue your eyes to the pages of this interesting read. Overall, this book attracts numerous audiences with varying interests. It leads the reader through a story of pain, survival, and betrayal in an organization for youth, but most of all; it uncovers the deceiving lies of propaganda.



Fear, frustration, desperation and disbelief are among the emotions you heard in the screams of the dying men and women on the Titanic. The Titanic is the most infamous ship ever, it was claimed unsinkable. Yet, it sank within 2 hours of when it hit the iceberg. It was so unexpected that both New York and England investigated as to why the ship sank and why there were so many fatalities. The Titanic remains a mystery to most historians and most questions about the horrid night it sank will most likely never be answered.

This book is non-fiction, and is written in third person omniscient point of view.  The author is telling the story but, you sometimes heard what the captain or crew said. The book mentioned Captain E.J Smith, lookout Frederick Fleet, “the unsinkable Molly Brown”, Captain Arthur Rostron, Bruce Ismay, Thomas Andrews and second officer Charles Lightoller. Captain Arthur Rostron was the heroic captain of Carpathia, the first ship to get to the scene. “The unsinkable Molly Brown” took over one of the lifeboats and encouraged people to save people freezing in the water. Bruce Ismay was investigated, for he took the spot of women and children in one of the lifeboats and was the managing director of the boat line.  Thomas Andrews was the architect/designer of the boat and like a hero, he went down with his ship.  Captain Smith was ruled one of the reasons as to why the Titanic sank, he was supposedly traveling to fast, but is mentioned with great respect for he sank with the boat.  Lastly Charles Lightoller and Frederick Fleet were key witnesses in both America’s and England’s investigations. This event took place on the Titanic, in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean on April 14th and 15th 1912.  At the time of the Titanic luxury was put before safety, everyone wanted a spot on the luxurious Titanic, therefore there were only 24 life boats for 2,210 people. The book was not only about the sinking but also about the investigation into the causes of the sinking and how the tragedy influenced new safety. For instance, ships are now required to have enough life boats for everyone on the ship, when the Titanic sailed 24 boats were exceeding standards as to how many boats you needed. The author’s purpose in writing this was to teach readers that the Titanic was much more than a tragedy, it changed safety laws forever. The Titanic’s infamous sinking not only hit the world from a social stand point but also from a political one.

This book was fantastic. I’ve always been intrigued by the Titanic, for it was so mysterious, and this book only made me more fascinated.  I would recommend this book to anyone who likes to read about mysteries. I know the Titanic has been found, but there are so many more questions that can never be answered.  For example, there was another boat right by the Titanic when it started to sink and then mysteriously, it just disappeared. This is only the beginning to many mysteries that night, like what happened to the Captain or why are the 2 halves of the boat nearly 2000 meters apart. Other people I would recommend this book to are quizzical people. If a book doesn’t make you think than why are you reading it? When I finished reading this book I came away with so many questions and that is what makes this book so great. It made me think, I couldn’t even put it down. You came into the book with 10 unanswered questions and came out with 10 answered questions and 20 new questions. This book achieved its purpose, to teach people beyond the iceberg and the crash, it exceeded my expectations and I would advise you to read this adventurous book.





     The book “The Holocaust Overview” focuses on Hitler’s corrupt treatment of the Jewish people. The timeline is before and during World War II, from their early expulsion from society, until the later policy of annihilation. Byers shows how the rise of National Socialism provides the force that swept Adolf Hitler to power. She presents a comprehensive and dramatic history of the Holocaust that takes the audience on a heart wrenching ride. This phenomenal book takes readers on an emotional rollercoaster. that shows just how harsh the treatment of Jews really was.
     The genre of this book is historical nonfiction, written in third person omniscient point of view, told by an outside narrator. The author of this book is Ann Byers, and the characters in this include Hitler and Jewish people. Hitler wanted to be ruler of the whole world, and tried to exterminate Jews. In this book, specific Jews were not named; it was more generalized. This book takes place in Germany, and focuses on the period before World War II. This helps give the readers an outlook as to the causes of the German’s actions. In this book we can see the author describe these experiences of the war with dates to help relay the time of these actions down to first hand encounters that she has quoted. Some important supporting details include how the US won the war. The US and its allied troops launched an assault on Normandy beach to take down Hitler and his forces; an assault known as D-Day. Planes loaded with soldiers would jump out and land on Normandy to assist those troops that were taking out the German troops and Hitler. Whilst approaching their designated areas, the pilots and drivers got mixed up, and some soldiers ended up 35 miles away from their target. Nevertheless, the troops found their way back and completed their task; successfully beat the Germans. This is how the United States and its allies won the war. The central idea of the story is that the Holocaust was a mass genocide that was inhuman and morally wrong. The author’s purpose is to inform readers about the events of the past, so we don’t repeat similar mistakes.

     This fantastic book provided a thorough overview of the Holocaust, and allowed readers to visualize the cruel treatment of Jews. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys reading about history. Although this was a well-structured and easy to follow book, I did not enjoy it as much as I had hoped to. Personally, I don’t find history that intriguing, but anyone who wants to learn more about America should definitely consider this book. Overall, “The Holocaust Overview” was an amazing book that sheds light on a dark time in our nation's past, and allows us to learn not to repeat the same mistakes again.



The book “Lost Worlds Vikings” is about the history of Vikings. It tells about the warriors, their culture, and the history of their people. In the book it describes the folklores and their possible influences. It teaches how to decipher some of the runes and where they were found. It depicts rulers and battles with stunning visuals in illustration. The book overall teaches you the history of the Viking people.
    The genre of the book is a nonfiction history book. J.M. Clements is the narrator who informs you upon the Vikings. The people in the book belong to Viking, French, German, Anglo, and even Byzantine culture groups and animals are usually either prey or mythical beasts. It supports its facts using details from old European texts, old fossils or runes, and even translated versions of the runes. The purpose of this book is to inform those who are uneducated in the Viking field about their culture.
This book would be good for those like history and what it has to offer. The Viking culture is very under represented and most pass it by as just barbarians with axes. If you like the history of cultures like Egyptians and Greeks then you will enjoy the book and you can add another culture to your shelf of knowledge.




Ariana S. 8-350
Title: Brown v. Board of Education, A Fight for Simple Justice
Author: Susan Goldman Rubin
Publisher: Holiday House
Copyright Date: 2016

Grace L. 8-350
Auschwitz: A Doctor’s Eyewitness Account
By Dr. Miklos Nyiszli
Copyright 1960 by Miklos Nyiszli

Bradley V. 8-350
Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind
Yuval Noah Harari
Harper, Copyright 2014 by Yuval Noah Harari

Justin N. 8-350
“Women of the Civil War”
Stephen Currie
Lucent Books
Currie, Stephen, 1960


Injustice, tragedy, sorrow, and inequality are just some of the words that describe segregation in the 1900s. The people who lived in this time went through two different lives, one for blacks and one for whites. The lives that the whites lived were more privileged and blacks did not have the same opportunities as them, especially in school. Schools were unequal, with different books and the locations were worse. “Brown v. Board of Education, A Fight for Simple Justice,” is about the famous Brown V. Board of Education case. This was the case in which the Supreme Court banned school segregation. It was built up of five different complaints against segregated schools. This book includes details on how this one case was created, structured, and presented to the Supreme Court. It explains the five cases that were in the Brown V. Board of Education case. It shows the hardships that black children had to face just to get to an all-black school. Some children had to walk 20 blocks while there was an all-white school just down the street. These children faced so much hardship while schools were segregated, which is why this book is so important. It educates people on one of the worst times in American history, the Jim Crow Era.
           The genre of “Brown v. Board of Education, A Fight for Simple Justice,” is history (non- fiction as well). This means that the book talks about a specific event in history, which in this book is the Brown V. Board of Education case. This story is in third person omniscient point of view. The author, Susan Goldman Rubin is telling the story. It is third person omniscient because she is telling the story but all the people in the book share their thoughts in quotes. The important people in this book are Thurgood Marshall who was the lawyer to end school segregation, Oliver Brown (father of Linda Brown) who fought for his daughter to have a better commute to school, Robert L. Carter who was Thurgood’s assistant, NAACP which is the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, Barbara Rose Johns who organized a student strike to end segregation in schools, Dean Charles Houston who was Thurgood’s mentor and role model, Gardner Bishop who fought for his daughter to have a better conditioned school, Levi Pearson and other parents who fought for busing, Ethel Belton and Sarah Bulah who fought for buses as well, and the supreme justices. This book takes place all over the United States, however it is mainly in southern states. It is at the end of the Jim Crow era and the book covers information from 1940- 2003. The book starts with the description of segregation in the 1940’s. It then describes Thurgood Marshall’s life growing up. Next, it includes information about the Brown V. Board of Education of Topeka. This case was pertaining to Linda Brown who had to cross a railroad switching yard, while the white school was just seven blocks from her house. Her parents, especially her dad, were upset at the injustice to their daughter so they sued the school board in Topeka and later became one of the five cases in Brown V. Board of Education. Briggs V. Elliott was the next important case that made up the Brown V. Board of Education case that was mentioned. This was a case on bus service for the black children against Roderick Elliott who was the chairman of that School District. The next important supporting point was the case Davis V. County School Board of Price Edward County. This was when students lead a strike on school because of the condition of that school compared to the white schools. Bolling V. Sharpe is another important case mentioned in the book as a supporting detail. This was the case when Judine Bishop had stopped going to school because of the over crowdedness. Her father got mad and this lead to the Bolling V. Sharpe case. The fifth case that made up the Brown V. Board of Education case was the Belton and Bulah V. Gebhart. This was also a fight for transportation for their children. These were all supporting details on the how the book described the lives of these black children in school. The book ends with the Brown V. Education case, how they won that, and the decision to make them represent the case to the court. It showed how the justices made their decision, and what effect it had afterwards, proving that this book is meant to inform readers about the injustice done and what contributed to stopping it. The authors purpose is to inform the reader about how blacks had unequal opportunities in school and how this one court case was a giant step towards the end of injustice for blacks. The central idea is that the Brown V. Board of Education case impacted the Civil Rights Movement by bettering education and leading to the end of segregation.
           I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. I learned in more depth about this Supreme Court case and other cases that changed history forever. I understood more about the hardships blacks went through to get a good education. They were treated horribly, and the schools were so different it was disgusting. This book opened my eyes to the injustice that was done and the monumental steps to fixing it. If you like to read about history and the Civil Rights Movement, then I would suggest reading this book because it really informs you on the subject.

            In 1944, Dr. Miklos Nyiszli was captured and deported by Nazis, along with his wife and daughter. They were sent to the concentration camp that goes by the name of Auschwitz. At the camp, Nyiszli was forced to do “scientific research” on his fellow inmates, because as a Jew and a medical doctor, he was forced to do anything that the Nazis dictating him said to do. During this period of time, Nazis were constantly bringing in more and more people to Auschwitz, so Miklos never ran out of people to experiment on. He documented everything he did in a book, and everything he did including dissecting people, using different medications on them, and occasionally finding a way to keep the ‘lab rats’ alive. He kept record of what he did just in case he was able to survive the camp and share his story. Not long after, he was able to escape the death trap of a camp with his family, shortly before they were supposed to perish, be banished from the world, killed.
This book is a nonfiction book about the time of World War II, from a firsthand point of view. The author, Dr. Miklos Nyiszli is the one telling his experiences, his feelings, and most importantly, his story. Miklos is the most important person in the book, but also included are his family members, his wife and daughter. They had been sent to Auschwitz with him and escaped with him as well. The book starts off in 1944, when his family were on their way to the camp. Auschwitz is located in Poland, so obviously the entire story takes place in Poland. The whole idea of Miklos Nyszli writing his point of view on what happened during the war was to inform others that weren’t in the camps, what it was like. He started writing the records in hope that he would escape the camp and survive to be able to tell his story.
If you are one that takes interest in what life was like during World War Two, or what World War Two was like just in general, this book is strongly recommended. It tells about the hardships that were faced by the doctor working under Nazi control, and it really teaches a lesson. It teaches that your life might not be as bad as it seems. There were people being tested on and killed and tortured by this doctor, and he didn’t even want to do all of that. So pretty much, your life cannot be as bad as the lives of these people. Overall, I rate this book a 10 out of 10, I recommend it to anyone interested in this type of this history, and hope that anyone that is able to get their hands on the book, will read it.



            When it comes to the word human, we are not the only animals that have ever fallen under that category. 150,000 years ago, we had dozens of other brother and sister species that shared the homo genus with us. Humans eventually spread all around the world, some species that are not able to adapt die off. The surviving ones begin to thrive, leaving more and more species in the dust. Before you know it, there is one group of humans left, and that is us, Homo Sapiens, and we survived all thanks to one thing; knowledge. This gift of ours led us to where we are today and will inevitably lead us to our end as well. Follow Yuval as he tells us the not commonly known history of our own species.
Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind is a history book which aims to tell the reader the steps humans took to getting where we are today. Most of the time it is from the perspective of a hypothetical outsider looking down in the humans and their progress. Most people mentioned by name were either very important or very influential in the development of our species, such as Adam and Eve, the first humans according to some religions. The book happens over a period of about 2,500,000 years, which is the period of time from the first human up until now. Yuval Harari most likely aims to inform or educate the people of the world on our history, as many people don’t know it or have the wrong idea about it. One excerpt from the book states one misconception exactly and it says, “We are used to thinking about ourselves as the only humans, because for the last 10,000 years, our species has indeed been the only human species around. Yet the real meaning of the word human is ‘an animal belonging to the genus Homo’, and there used to be many other species of this genus besides Homo sapiens.” As you can see the author points out and corrects a common misunderstanding among the population and enlightens them as to what the truth is.
The book was very informative and had a lot of information I hadn’t known before. Yuval is also very good at keeping facts straight forward instead of jumping to conclusions or leaving specific parts out. He tells everything he can and makes sure to state whether they are a theory by popular scientists or specific fact. Harari also manages to squeeze in some theories of his own such as how he thinks the human population will end and this was executed really well. Anyone who either enjoys learning about human history or is just intrigued in it will enjoy this book. And even though they have much more videos and articles online about the topic, this piece is more in-depth compared to what I’ve seen and may teach you more than any other form of media. So for anyone that is interested, Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind by Yuval Noah Harari is definitely worth the read.




“Woman of the Civil War” provides a clear insight on the roles of women in the Civil War. The book includes a different perspective about who the real heroes of the Civil War, which were the women. The ladies made a huge homeland contribution while husbands were fighting, They stepped out of their normal housewives’ lives and became providers and protectors. Women made a strong impact on the Civil War, but were still overlooked as just wives.
This historical informative was intriguing as the narrator gave the readers a descriptive look at the lives of women during the Confederacy and Union’s many battles. It also gave it a broad view of the lives of all type of females over the United States during the war. The complex sequence of events of the many jobs and fights women had pursued in order to keep their families, and their lives stable. Numerous meetings with politicians to improve their circumstances show the strength these women held. The text states “In 1864, only twenty-five years old, Dickson was invited to speak in the U.S Capitol building, where her audience included congressmen and President Lincoln himself.” Consequently, this supports the central idea which is the impact women left in the Civil War and the Author’s purpose which is to show how strong and persistent these women were.
I found myself attracted due to the change in perspective. Every Civil War story I hear is about a man who fought for what he believed in and so on… But this book gave a new sense of thinking which showed me several women who should be honored for their efforts to assist their lives and many others. I would recommend this book to people who aren’t one sided and like to look at all sides of events, if you enjoy this then you’d find “Women of the Civil War” interesting as well.





Jonathan B. 8-350
Title: “Alexander the Great”
By John Gunther
Sterling Publishing Co., Inc.
Copyright by John Gunther

Deanna N.
The Wright Brothers David Mccullough Simon & Schuster

Logan N.
ELA 8-227
In to the Darkness:Titanic Disaster
Author: Alan J. Rockwell
Publisher: Bluewave Publishing

Copyright: Copyright © 2017

Luca B.
Class 8-225
What Was The Bombing of Pearl Harbor
By: Patricia Brennan Demuth  


In this story, John Gunther writes about Alexander’s epic journey through the world. It recalls Alexander’s childhood as a bright boy with a big future, the route he went through to conquer the world, the countries he captured, and the sacrifices he made to continue when his army felt weak. Even Alexander’s personal problems, his friends and family, we learn about in this nonfiction collection of his life.
This is a nonfiction biography about Alexander the Great’s reign of the known world, told from the author’s point of view. It takes place all around the known world, and mainly Macedonia (Alexander’s hometown) in 356 B.C. to 323 B.C. The book goes into specific detail about his parents. His mom may have poisoned his other half-brother so that Alexander had no competition, and they pushed him to be his best, yet the mother was exiled, and the child grew to hate his father. He had such a hot temper that he killed one of his best friends, Cleitus, in a drunken rage. This man had saved Alexander’s life many times during battle and was one of his most trusted friends, and Alexander was incredibly regretful for a long time. What mainly happened though was that Alexander used his army to push through the forces of the entire world with mostly strategy, defeating armies many times larger than his. This book informs us on Alexander’s legendary reign as to not forget the life of someone so dominant.
This book was good due to how interesting it was. It teaches us what happened to the world at that time too, and I recommend it to people who like to learn about history and war. I liked it even more for the tragic story it told of the boy who conquered the world but not himself, and made many mistakes that he would never forget in his short life.






Orville and Wilbur Wright were men of exceptional courage, determination, and of ceaseless curiosity. When they worked together, no problem seemed to be insurmountable. Wilbur was unquestionably a genius. Orville had such mechanical ingenuity as few had ever seen. The fact that they had no more than a public high school education and little money never stopped them in their mission to take to the air. Nothing did, not even the self-evident reality that every time they took off, they risked being killed.
The book “The Wright Brothers” is a history book. It is written in the third point of view. The book is mostly about Orville and Wilbur Wright. It tells of their experiences and inventions. They sold bikes, built gliders, biplanes, and and most importantly, an airplane.The brothers, five years apart, grew up to do everything together. Though Wilbur was much more dominant — he wrote better and seemed a natural leader — he and Orville were careful to share whatever opportunities came their way. Another important character is their sister, katherine, who in some ways acted as a mother to the brothers. They also had two older siblings (though they were not as close as Wilbur and Orville). The book takes place in the late 1800s and early 1900s. Wilbur was born in Indiana from where they moved to Ohio where Orville was born. McCullough tells
stories about the boys' childhood, their strong relationship with their father and sister, their early attempts at gliders and flying machines, those famous first flights in 1903 at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, and finally of their international fame and travels. The author wrote this book to inform the reader of the brothers’ experiences and how they made an invention that changed to world. The author gives us a glimpse into the lives of Orville and Wilbur and shares what we can all learn from their unflagging pursuit of what others deemed impossible.
"The Wright Brothers” is a detailed and well-researched book on the lives of Orville and Wilbur Wright who are credited with inventing, building, and successfully flying the first airplane. The persistence of these brothers was amazing! The author did an excellent job including many details about the brothers and their lives. I normally don't read history books and was surprised to learn how fascinating this one was. I would recommend this book for you if you enjoyed “The Path Between the Seas”.





The tragic story of the titanic is well known. On the night of April 14, 1912,
the titanic struck a fateful iceberg that resulted in the loss of 1,517 lives. The RMS titanic was the largest steamboat in the world at the time of her voyage 4 days before she sank. Every survivor has their own telling of the fateful night and reading the book feels like reading the tragedy in slightly different versions.
The tragedy came to a surprise to everyone who had heard it as the titanic seemed unsinkable. The captain had gone down with the ship after surprisingly keeping everyone on board calm. The passengers must have been confident the titanic was unsinkable but after it was announced that children and women would be boarding lifeboats first, the possibility had dawned over all passengers. Men were only allowed on lifeboats if a boat needed rowers, but that means there would only be 4 men allowed on boats (no exception). Wives would have to be assured by their husbands that they would meet again. The Carpathia was the ship that survivors would go to. However, when the Carpathia was alerted that the titanic may go down the Carpathia was an estimated 4 hours away, which was too far to save all passengers, but it was the closest ship. On the Carpathia’s way to the Titanic’s last coordinates, passengers and crew members prepared for another ship's load of passengers. Everyone on board would prepare hot chocolate to warm blankets for survivors of the titanic. At first the captain of the Carpathia was sick in his stomach after seeing nothing at the crash site of the titanic, but soon felt relieved seeing a swarm of lifeboats coming towards the Carpathia. After the Carpathia docked at New York another voyage was set to recover bodies and search for lifeboats that may have been left behind. The Mackay-Bennett was the ship that recovered 306 of the Titanic’s dead but only 190 were brought to shore. The rest (116) were buried at sea and 57 of the 116 were identified bodies.
The genre of this book is history. There are several people telling their own point of view in the book. The setting was a ship crash site and the date was in April 1912. The central idea was to tell several persons perspectives on the titanic. The author's purpose was to show what really happened on the titanic (for example how people actually reacted during and after the tragedy).
I liked the book. Mostly because of how the author chose to tell the story and the interesting facts he gave about the titanic that you wouldn't think actually happened without the fact that the perspectives he gave were real recorded interviews. I would recommend it to anyone who wants to learn more about the tragedy and how it changed history.







      This book is about the bombing of Pearl Harbor on December 7th, 1941. The bombing of Pearl Harbor began at 7:55 AM on a beautiful sunny day on the Hawaiian Island of Oahu. Most of the sailors and soldiers, were going to the land for their days off, and many were still just sleeping, when many planes began to come over Pearl Harbor like dark stormy clouds. The U.S. Navy band was playing the national anthem on an aircraft called the “Arizona”, when they saw the many planes fly over Pearl Harbor. Most people in the band thought it was just a drill, even after a bomb was dropped, they all still believed it until finally they saw the read imperial star, then they knew, this was an attack from the Japanese. People ran for cover while bombs were dropped, planes then began to fly extremely low and fire at all the U.S. aircrafts. When all hope was lost men decided to fire back, grabbing whatever they can get to fire back at them. The Japanese were frightened that they were firing back and left. The U.S was able to take down a little less than 1/4 of their fleet, while the Japanese took down more than 3/4 of the U.S. army. This attack led America into a war they never planned to enter, World War II.
This book is a Historical book based on a real-life event. In this book the author tells the story from a third person perspective. There aren’t any really important characters in this book except the U.S. army, and the Japanese army. This book is mainly about what happened on December 7, 1941 in Pearl Harbor. This story takes place in Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941. I think the authors purpose is to show us what happened in Pearl Harbor and why.
I really liked this book because it taught me what happened on December 7, 1941. Prior to reading this book, I had only heard about the Bombing of Pearl Harbor, but had never really looked into the subject. This book was really informative and really interesting, I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who is interested in learning something about American History.






Zahir J. Class 8-225
Life During World War II
Wendy H. Lanier

Luis M 8-227
Title: Bomb The Race to Build – And Steal – The World’s Most Dangerous Weapon
Author: Steve Sheinkin
Publisher: Flash Point     Copyright: 2012

Victoria C.  8-227
Book title- I Survived
Author- Lauren Tarshis



The story “Life During World War II” by William H. Lanier is about how it was during war time.  It tells you what they ate, what they wore, and how it was during World War II.

This book is an History book (non-fiction). Wendy H. Lanier is telling the story. There weren’t any main characters.  It was mainly just informing you and telling you what happened during World War II. There were Presidents, Families, and the “enemies”. The importance of the characters is that they basically fill in everything. For an example, without the families we would never know what families faced during World War II, we would not know how hard it was for them. Without that important information there would be a big hole and one of the main parts would be gone. The setting of the story is basically everywhere since it’s a war. It’s mainly in the homes of the civilians and the actual war sites.  I think that the author's purpose of writing this story is to inform the reader about how it was during World War II and everything that was happening at that moment.

I really liked this book. The things that I liked about the book is that it was very informational on World War II and what was happening during that time. It had very good points and overall very interesting. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys History more specifically the “World War’s” like I said before it is very informational and has only around 50 pages so anyone who doesn’t have the attention span to read 100-page books than this book is every good for you.





The book I read was called Bomb by Steve Sheinkin. The story was about a weapons race that went on during World War II.  The race is about the world discovering facts about a nuclear bomb and the whole world trying to race against time to create a mega weapon. The end result is countries trying to get the best scientists to create a weapon faster than the other countries.
The genre of the book is nonfiction.  The point of view is in the first person. It is the author that is telling the story.  There are no main characters in this book.  The book focuses on many different people and scientists.  The setting of the story is World War II. All the events take place during this time period.  The plot of the story is about all the countries trying to win the war and build a nuclear bomb.  The central idea of this story was to never give up and keep and fighting. 
What I liked about this book is it teaches the readers the story of the first nuclear bomb. The story also teaches you about World War II.  I would recommend this book to anyone who is interested in weapons, history and particularly World War II.





On September 11, 2001, a group of people associated with al-Qaeda hijacked four airplanes and carried out suicide attacks against targets in the United States. Two of the planes were flown into the twin towers of the World Trade Center in New York City and killed thousands of people and put everyone in danger. The third plane hit the Pentagon just outside Washington, D.C, and the fourth plane crashed in a field in Pennsylvania. Almost 3,000 people were killed during the 9/11 terrorist attacks. This caused a lot of damage everywhere.
    This book is a history book. It talks about the only thing Lucas loves more than football is his Uncle Benny, his dad's best friend at the fire department where they both work. Benny taught Lucas everything about football. So, when Lucas's parents decide the sport is too dangerous and he needs to quit, Lucas has to talk to his biggest fan. So, the next morning, Lucas takes the train to the city instead of the bus to school. It's a bright, beautiful day in New York. But just as Lucas arrives at his uncle's firehouse, everything changes; and nothing will ever be the same again. The characters in the story are Lucas and Benny. These characters are important because Lucas is the child that goes through this terrible time alone and Benny is one of his dad’s friends that shows him everything. The setting in the story mainly takes place in New York City where the terrorist attack happens. The most important plot points are when Lucas takes the train to the fire department and then everything changed for him then. The authors purpose if this book is to show how dangerous this day what and how much damage it out the world in.
    What I liked about this book was that it showed me and explained to me a lot about what happened on 9/11 and how much pain everyone went through especially Lucas and his family. What i didn’t like about this book is that the author could’ve added more detail in some parts of the story. I recommend that people read this book because you can learn a lot from it and grab a lot of emotion to the characters. If you like action, you would love the book because there are parts of the story where crazy stuff happened, and it shocks you.