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Two Miserable Presidents by Steve Sheinkin
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Jun 23, 11

Read in January, 2010

The author used to write textbooks, and was frustrated by the dry style of writing that he was required to use. So he saved all the unusual, funny, amazing, and surprising stories and quotes that he couldn't use in textbooks, and wrote his own highly readable book about the Civil War.

The two presidents were Abraham Lincoln and Jefferson Davis, who was the president of the Confederate States. But the stories aren't so much about them as they are about the men, boys, and even a few women who fought in the war. From spies to stinky socks to picnics on hills overlooking battlegrounds, these are stories you've never heard before.

Written for ages 9-14, this slim volume is a thoroughly entertaining look at the human side of the Civil War. There are no footnotes, but in the back the author has listed attributions for all the quotes he used. A valuable addition to a U.S. History class, and entertaining for all ages.
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