A Savage Thunder: Antietam and the Bloody Road to Freedom
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A Savage Thunder: Antietam and the Bloody Road to Freedom

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In September 1862, two great armies faced off across Antietam Creek, near Sharpsburg, Maryland, knowing that the fate of the United States and the future of millions of slaves were at stake. From behind-the-scenes conversations to the action on the front lines, renowned nonfiction writer Jim Murphy provides an in-depth look at the battle that prompted Abraham Lincoln to is...more
Hardcover, 112 pages
Published July 7th 2009 by Margaret K. McElderry Books (first published 2009)
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Donna
I wish I knew more about Civil War history, and maybe if I read a few more books about individual battles like this one I will be able to piece together a more comprehensive picture in my head. There are so many different people involved (generals and other officers on both sides, as well as ordinary soldiers and civilian observers) that it was hard to keep track of who was where and who did what. Without the maps showing the routes of attack and retreat, I would have been totally lost. I think...more
Josiah
"It is terrible to march slowly into danger, and see and feel each second your chance of death is surer than it was the second before."

—Anonymous Union officer, A Savage Thunder: Antietam and the Bloody Road to Freedom, P. 43

You will find in this book a great wealth of information about the events of the American Civil War leading up to, including, and following the Battle of Antietam, as well as the ways that this bloodiest battle of all dramatically affected the outcome of the War Between t...more
Adrienne
In September 1862, the Union and Confederate armies met in one of the bloodiest battles of the Civil War. Robert E. Lee's southern troops were outnumbered, but their daring commanders were more prepared to fight than George McClellan, the northern general who constantly worried that he would be outnumbered and defeated and who allowed his personal feelings (including a dislike for President Abraham Lincoln) to interfere with his chance to possibly end the Civil War once and for all.

Murphy uses f...more
Laura
I usually really like Jim Murphy's books and I was a little disappointed in Savage Thunder. I had just finished reading Truce, which seemed to be aimed at younger readers (shorter, with larger size text and spacing). In Truce, Murphy gave much more background on WWI to set up the main event - the Christmas Truce. In Savage Thunder, however, which seemed to be for slightly older readers, there was little setup for the Battle of Antietam. There were not very many maps (the chapter explaining the f...more
Matt
Completely surrounding the battle of Antietam (also called Sharpsburg) during the US Civil War, Jim Murphy's book "A Savage Thunder" brings interesting windows into aspects of American Life in the 1880's. With maps of battle strategy and captions that bring to life the difficulties of preparing for the large scale battles in a very traditional European nature, this books is clearly about the horrification of war. Both Northern and Southern Soliders were decimated in this battle by poor health ca...more
Newengland
A YA history book well done is always a welcome thing, and author Jim Murphy does an admirable job in presenting the before, during, and after of Antietam, the bloody stalemate that marked the beginning of the end for the South. Lots of pictures, but Murphy does not talk down to the kids. What I like best is that his history is loaded with quotes from the letters and journals of every day soldiers and not just the missives of the military and political folk. Oh. And General George McClellan gets...more
Christopher
In an interesting twist of fate, Jim Murphy's second book of non-fiction of 2009 is the complete opposite of his 2009 release. This book details the bloodiest battle on American soil. An interesting, yet a bit long winded in parts, Jim Murphy is the master of the children's non-fiction. Not quite up to his high standards, but definitely better than most non-fiction published.
Kendra
Details the events before, during, and after the Battle of Antietam during the American Civil War. While it contains very good information, after a while, I was too overwhelmed with the details. This would be for those that want to read everything about the Civil War or to use for a report. I wouldn't recommend it for the average reader.
Mokamonkey
I didn't expect to enjoy this audiobook at all, but it made something I would never choose to read about somewhat interesting. Sure some of the chapters (or maybe just paragraphs) felt like a series facts strung together, but the writing did make it more palatible. Give this book to teen civil war buffs in training.
Betsy
One Sentence Review: Although I greatly appreciated a book on this subject being written for kids (and better yet, by master of the form Jim Murphy) I felt that the layout didn't break up the text adequately, and will perhaps scare off potential readers who would be interested in the subject.
Jason Penckofer
Nice use of primary sources, detailed account of the lead-up to the battle, the battle itself and the after effects. A good resource on Antietam, especially for further information beyond the general overview you
Ginny
Nov 23, 2009 Ginny rated it 4 of 5 stars
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Very well done.
Even though it is an informational book, it reads more like a story.
Nice blend of fact and personal accounts. some quotes from Wisconsin soldiers!
Jennifer
I love Jim Murphy's approach to nonfiction writing! Very engaging and I learned something new about the war.
Nancy
great history facts and the pics are perfect for the upper elem. and over.
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an American author of more than 35 nonfiction and fiction books for children, young adults, and general audiences, including more than 30 about American history. He won the Margaret Edwards Award from the American Library Association in 2010 for his contribution in writing for teens. Jim lives in Maplewood, New Jersey, in a hundred-year-old house with his wife Alison Blank, a children’s TV produce...more
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