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Mr. Lincoln's High-tech War

3.81 of 5 stars 3.81  ·  rating details  ·  80 ratings  ·  25 reviews
Thomas B. Allen’s expertise in military history and strategy is combined with Roger MacBride Allen’s knowledge of technology to reveal a lesser-known yet fascinating side of the 16th president of the United States. Their authoritative narrative reveals Lincoln as our nation’s first hands-on Commander-in-Chief, whose appreciation for the power of technology plays a critical ...more
Hardcover, 144 pages
Published January 13th 2009 by National Geographic Children's Books
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Amber Lovett
Allen, Thomas B. and Roger MacBride Allen. Mr. Lincoln’s High Tech War. 2009. 144 pp. $18.95. National Geographic. 978-1-4263-0380-7. Ages 10-15 A chronological history of the Civil War from the roots of the conflict to its end and the death of Abraham Lincoln. The story focuses on the ways in which technology was used by Lincoln to defeat the South and change the face of modern warfare forever. Some ideas explored are the use of telegrams, railroads, ironclad warships, hot air balloons, and rap ...more
Enthusiastic about the new technology just beginning to appear in the world, Abraham Lincoln used the telegraph, railroads, surveillance balloons, ironclad ships, high-powered weapons, and more - including the concept of total war - to win America's Civil War in the 1860s.
I would not have thought there could be a fresh, informative look at Abraham Lincoln by this point, but this picture of Lincoln as the technology enthusiast and hands-on war commander is full of fascinating - and new to me - fa
"Mr Lincoln's High-Tech War" is a good summary of some of the major technological improvements occurring during the Civil War. Though a valuable book, it is rather like a survey course, a great deal of details, but not a lot of depth. Many of the technological improvements discussed here warrant lengthy tomes on their own (many have been written) in particular weapon inventions (Springfield repeaters, new breechloading rifles), the invention of the Ironclads and the Hunley, the very first submar ...more
Miss Pippi the Librarian
The Civil War is of great interest to thousands of Americans. It's a war that divided the nation. Author Thomas B. Allen focused on the war, but with a new aspect - the technology of the times. The main theme is technology and how Lincoln loved it and utilized it when possible.

For any Civil War enthusiast or history lover, this is an excellent non-fiction piece. Allen shares information about Lincoln's patent (the only President to have one), the telegraph, the railroad, hot air balloons, the na
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Recommended to S. by: Library
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Limited booktalking appeal, only subject specific. Rather dry approach which is unfortunate give the topic and sexy title. Some interesting trivia bits (Lincoln the only president to be awarded a patent, female Pinkerton agent that escorted Lincoln to his inaugural, etc.) that are lost in the unremarkable narrative style. Drab black and white illustrations that are sometimes difficult to see (ironic much National Geographic?!). Perfect size with a nicely type-set cover to mimic a
This is a young adult book but I loved the way they presented the history of the Civil War, not by long lists of battles and generals (although both are mentioned, often). Instead the entire war is covered by talking about the new technologies that were either used or developed during the war. Iron clad ships, telegraphs, side-loading rifles, and railroads are the highlights but there are a variety of other things that came into being during this long conflict.

Since it is a YA book its a pretty
Dec 19, 2009 Lisa rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Lisa by: Cap Ch 10-14
Interesting look at the use of technology during the Civil War. The most fascinating thing to me was the notion that Abe Lincoln's parents' generation did not expect technology to change. The same tools, guns, methods of transportation, etc. had been in use for many generations. Whereas Abe's great-grandfather could easily have used the tools and guns and wagons that Abe grew up with, his father wouldn't have had a clue what to do with the guns, telegraph machines, trains, and other tools develo ...more
Katie Bruce
An interesting look at the technology used in the Civil War and the ways it affected not only the outcome of that war, but society and daily life after. I especially enjoyed the chapter on hot-air balloons. I had no idea those were ever used by the military! This is definitely a high-level "kids" book and probably only for those really interested in war or military strategy. But I'm sure those kids are out there and I'm glad this book exists for them.

Also, Lincoln was awesome.
This meticulously-researched and well-argued book holds that the Union won the war because of technologies the South didn't have, like: printed telegraph messages, long-haul railroads, high-powered weapons and rifles that could shoot three rounds a minute, and submarines and surveillance balloons, to name just a few I can remember off the top of my head. Bet you didn't know some of those were used during the Civil War!
Can you get any better than telling the story of the Civil War with an emphasis on how the advancing technology affected the outcome? (Okay, that was a really awkward sentence, but you get the idea.) I am not going to apologize that I love hearing about engineers saving the day. This book is a quick read (juvenile non-fiction), if you get a chance to read it, do it.
an excellent read, (published by National Geographic, so it's not overly technical) about how new technologies made the U.S. Civil War quite different from previous wars, and allowed the North to win. subtitle reads "How the North used the Telegraph, Railroads, Surveillance Balloons, Iron-clads, High-powered Weapons and More to Win the Civil War."
Possibly I have Lincoln fatigue. But I didn't feel as if this book delivered on what it promised. There were some interesting "high tech" tidbits, but mostly I felt it was just another book. Each chapter had more background setting than the actual "high tech" of it. A nice book that I think I just expected more from.
From innovations in firearms and railroads to ironclads and submarines, see how they were designed, developed and used by the North to win the Civil War. The detailed descriptions and fascinating true stories in this book will keep the pages turning, even though you know the end of the story.
A great book. One thing I learned is that Mississippi did not formally ratify the 13th amendment until about a week ago. That's pretty amazing.
I thought that this book does a very good job describing the civil war and what help win it why and how. Also the techniques used for winning a war.
Really interesting on how people of the time feared "technology" such as the railroad or using hot air balloons for surveillance.
One YA book was all it took to double my knowledge of the Civil War. We've got to do something about history education.
Noah Jensen
i love it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! its all about the weapons lincoln used against the

south and all
It was interesting to find out about some technology that was around back in the time of the Civil War.
North Olmsted Library
An interesting look how techonology changed the Civil War and played a part in the North winning.
Very interesting, but not sure it will appeal to my students.
Jul 29, 2009 Hilary marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Recommended at the BYU Symposium.
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Thomas B. Allen's writings range from articles for National Geographic Magazine to books on espionage and military history.
He is the father of Roger MacBride Allen.
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