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Great Battles for Boys

More Americans died in this war than all other wars combined—more than 600,000 soldiers.

From the first shots at Fort Sumter to the South’s surrender at Appomattox, young readers move chronologically through 20 crucial battles, covering all four years of the Civil War. They’ll discover which strategies, tactics, and weapons were used, and which military leaders won victory—or suffered defeat.

  • Battle of the Ironclads: One of America’s deadliest naval battles, right off the coast of Virginia
  • Vicksburg: Ulysses S. Grant bombs, terrorizes, and starves a southern city into surrender.
  • Antietam: Robert E. Lee invades the North, and pays a terrible price
  • Petersburg: The North literally blows a hole in the South—and still loses the battle.
  • Why was Robert E. Lee considered a military genius, even after he lost the war?
  • What made Ulysses S. Grant such a powerful general—and a difficult man?
  • Sherman’s March—who, what, when, where, and why.

I was pleased to finally find an historical series written for young boys that neither “cartoonizes” war nor adopts a satirical, demeaning tone. Rather, these books depict the true sacrifices of the men involved in these conflicts. The facts are the facts. There is no politically correct hogwash clouding the child’s view of the event.

~ Sarah

There are two things I really like about this book; first, it is historically accurate. The information is given in a well thought out manner that makes it easy for anyone to enjoy and understand. The author paints a clear picture of what is going on in each battle. The second thing, which I love, is that the stories, although complete in themselves, do leave you wanting, and Joe Giorello has made that easy by referencing other books, films and best of all, website links, to more in-depth information.

~ Sturgeon

By son is 10 and just can’t seem to find a book series after DogMan. He loves vintage planes so I ordered this and he hasn’t put it down. Read to me while I was driving. I think we found his series!

~ WL

I bought this book for my Grandson (who is 10 years old) and he has been bypassing his game time to continue reading the book. He really enjoys reading about the different wars. The book is very well written.

~ Robert

Got this for my 9 yr old son as a gift. He finished it in one day…couldn’t put it down he told me. This is a boy who has comprehension issues and I’m finding it’s due to the material. If he doesn’t enjoy it he glosses over the words and doesn’t remember a thing. This book he was able to answer all kinds of questions and prompted more research for questions he had.

~ Barefoot

Absolutely fantastic books for boys.

~ Chad

My son loves this book! We are using this as an American History supplement in homeschooling this year. My son has really enjoyed this book.

~ Firecat

History above and beyond what’s taught in class

~ Lisa S

Excellent! Bought one for our 12 year-old son for Christmas, and he asked us to buy the rest, ASAP. Perfect for his age—he doesn’t like to read a lot, but he is re-reading these and happy to tell us all about them.

~ Erica S.
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