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Gettysburg (Landmark Books) Paperback – June 12, 1987

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When troops entered Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, the South seemed to be winning the Civil War. But Gettysburg was a turning point. After three bloody days of fighting, the Union finally won the battle. Inspired by the valor of the many thousands of soldiers who died there, President Lincoln visited Gettysburg to give a brief but moving tribute. His Gettysburg Address is one of the most famous speeches in American history.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 7
  • Lexile Measure: 960L (What's this?)
  • Series: Landmark Books
  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers; Reissue edition (June 12, 1987)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0394891813
  • ISBN-13: 978-0394891811
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.4 x 7.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #323,343 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Paperback
Most everyone has a reasonably good, if only rudimentary, knowledge of what happened at Gettysburg, PA, during the American Civil War. After deciding to take the war to northern territory with the hope that a decisive victory would tip the balance for the South, Confederate General Robert E. Lee led his Army of Northern Virginia to the sleepy little Pennsylvania town of Gettysburg where, on July 1 through 3, it met Union Major General George Gordon Meade's Army of the Potomac. During the battle, which had the largest number of casualties in the Civil War, the Federals defeated attacks by the Southern troops in what became a turning point for the North, causing Lee to make a torturous retreat back to Virginia. President Lincoln's visit there the following November to participate in the dedication of a National Cemetery for burying those who died in battle was the occasion for his famous "Gettysburg Address."

In this book, one of the original Landmark series of best-selling children's historical books, author MacKinlay Kantor relates the story of the Battle of Gettysburg as if he were writing a novel. He tells how the citizens of this quiet town peered from their windows in terror as strange, gray-clad soldiers came striding down their streets. Then he describes the three bloody days of fighting, with great detail about the preparation, the battle, and the cleanup, separating fact from fiction. Finally, he talks about the impact that the battle had on the people in that part of Pennsylvania. The original edition had excellent pen and ink illustrations by artist Donald McKay, but these are omitted in the paperback reprint. The descriptions of the fighting and its aftermath are accurate but tasteful and never gratuitous.
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A Kid's Review on April 25, 2002
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This book is a great book! Nobody should pass this book up. None of it is boring! It has so much detail about the battle, battle prep, and cleanup. It is my favorite book. All the movements and everything were so vivid, that it is almost like you are there.
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MacKinlay Kantor's "Gettysburg" has been the finest introduction to the battle of Gettysburg written for young people for almost 50 years. Unfortunaley, this paperback reprint only includes Kantor's prose. The outstanding pen and ink illustrations from the original Landmark edition by artist Donald McKay are not included. I give Kantor's writting 5 stars. But the current publisher's inability or unwillingness to secure the rights to McKay's illustrations earns a big fat 1 star.
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When I was a kid, I sought out Landmark Books. They were history told with authority by writers who knew what they were writing about. John Toland, who wrote the Pulitzer Prize winning The Rising Sun, and an acclaimed biography of Adolf Hitler, wrote about World War II; C.S. Forester, who wrote the brilliant Horatio Hornblower stories of battles aboard sailing ships wrote about the Barbary Pirates; Richard Tregaskis, author of Guadalcanal Diary wrote about the battle of Guadalcanal. In this book, MacKinlay Kantor, who won the Pulitzer Prize for his Civil War novel Andersonville, tells of the three-day Battle of Gettysburg. All the Landmark books were readable and, frankly, a lot more reliable than most of Wikipedia (and many movies and TV shows, too). Someone should bring out a new series of Landmark Books for the kids of 2013. I'd give them as presents to kids I know. Heck, I'd read them myself.
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Format: Paperback
This book is an excellent youth-oriented introduction to the crucial battle of Gettysburg. I selected it for my nephew to learn about the battle before we visit the site this coming summer. Well done ... good basic facts and anecdotes.
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Another wonderful book in the Landmark Books series. Absolutely essential for young readers as they learn about the history of our wonderful country!
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The Battle Of Gettysburg is another in the line of Landmark books that appeared in the 1950's and 60's. Written for teens it is an excellent read for anyone and especially those not versed in the American Civil War. Without going into minute detail the book covers the commanders and the movements in what because the largest battle of the war and in North America. The battle termed the turning point of the war tells the story of why the Union won and the Confederacy lost this important battle.
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