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The Amazing Harry Kellar, Great American Magician
Presenting the amazing Harry Kellar! The most well-known American magician at the turn of the twentieth century! The model for the Wizard of Oz!
Kellar performed on six continents and was the first American-born magician to achieve international fame. He could make a man disappear, levitate a woman, and decapitate himself. Audiences loved him.
This biography of Kellar (1849-1922) follows the great illusionist from his days as a magician's assistant during the Civil War to his travels as an international superstar. Kellar entertained emperors, kings, presidents, and thousands of children and their parents.
What Reviewers Say:
"A first-rate visual presentation accompanies a fascinating biography of the first dean of the Society of American Magicians, a man Houdini regarded as a mentor." ~Kirkus Reviews
“Jarrow includes just the right mix of biographical information, anecdotes, and descriptions of the performer’s illusions...An excellent example of nonfiction that is readable, visually appealing, and well researched.” ~School Library Journal
“Though it’s loaded with photographs, the real visual treats here are the dozens of reproduced posters used to advertise Kellar’s shows.” ~Booklist
"The Amazing Harry Kellar, Great American Magician is a fantastic book for young readers, adults, and especially magicians. It would certainly make a great gift for anyone interested in magic or interested in the history of the theatre or entertainment." ~ Dean Carnegie, themagicdetective.com
"Gail Jarrow weaves the story of a Golden Age giant, and it's just right for kids....The book is beautifully designed and illustrated...The Amazing Harry Kellar just might spark interest in an adolescent who is looking for a magical hero." ~ Magic Magazine
Lincoln's Flying Spies: Thaddeus Lowe and the Civil War Balloon Corps
On June 1, 1862, Thaddeus Lowe floated a thousand feet above a fierce Civil War battle raging just outside the Confederate capital of Richmond, Virginia. From the wicker basket dangling under his silk hydrogen-filled balloon, the aeronaut telegraphed a message to Northern generals on the ground: Union troops were finally driving back the Confederate forces. Lowe’s message was transmitted to the War Department in Washington a hundred miles away, where President Abraham Lincoln read his flying spy’s good news with relief.
For two years during the Civil War, Lowe and his fellow aeronauts spied on the Confederate army. This is the exciting story of Lowe’s efforts to organize the Balloon Corps and provide valuable intelligence to the Union army, even after the balloons became targets of Confederate shooters and saboteurs.
What Reviewers Say:
“This well-researched volume introduces American aeronaut and showman Thaddeus Lowe, who convinced President Lincoln that hydrogen-filled balloons, rising high above the countryside, could provide Union generals with useful information... Jarrow provides a solid introduction to an intriguing aspect of Civil War history.”
“The use of surveillance balloons in the Civil War has been chronicled to some extent...but none has covered the subject with as much depth and detail as this engaging story of how the enterprising Lowe, already famous as an aeronaut at the outbreak of the Civil War, convinced President Lincoln of the value of using balloons to spy on the Confederate army.”
"As Jarrow points out in this fascinating book, observation balloons had been used in warfare in the past. However, what Thaddeus Lowe was responsible for was the refinement of the technology...By telling the story of Lowe and his efforts at instituting change, Jarrow has combined a compelling story with sound research and writing."
“This volume presents Civil War history and highlights this extraordinary man. Photographs, drawings, reproductions, and sidebars appear on almost every page.”
“Forgotten bits of history often make the most interesting stories, as is the case with this account of the Union Army’s Aeronautics Corps during the Civil War.”
“Lincoln’s Flying Spies is a perfect vehicle to make history come alive to a younger generation. . . . If you buy only one Civil War history book for your favorite youngster this year, this is the one.”
"Lincoln's Flying Spies falls into one of those 'stuff you didn't know about the Civil War, and is wicked cool' categories that get so often overlooked in traditional retellings of the war...Gail Jarrow has created a real gem with this title."
Robert H. Jackson: New Deal Lawyer, Supreme Court Justice, Nuremberg Prosecutor
For four hours on November 21, 1945, the world watched and listened as Justice Robert H. Jackson, on leave from the U.S. Supreme Court, introduced the Allies' case against the high-ranking Nazi leadership at the Nuremberg Trial. For the first time, a country's leaders were being tried for war crimes, in large part the result of Jackson's efforts.
This biography about Robert H. Jackson (1892–1954)--the first published in fifty years--tells the fascinating story of an extraordinary man who rose from a childhood in rural western New York to President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s New Deal inner circle during the Great Depression; to the position of attorney general while the nation prepared for World War II; to the Supreme Court bench when it ruled on such significant cases as Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka; and to chief U.S. prosecutor at the Nuremberg Trial. Despite his remarkable accomplishments, Jackson never attended college or earned a law degree. Quotations from Jackson's personal letters, unpublished autobiography, and oral history bring to life some of the most momentous events of the twentieth century. Illustrated with 100 photographs.
What Reviewers Say:
"Jarrow's engrossing biography should bring Robert H. Jackson some well-deserved attention...Excellent as a biography, this work also provides inside information about the Supreme Court and an interesting look at the Nuremberg Trial... Myriad period photographs with informative captions round out this excellent offering. An outstanding addition to most collections."
"The Nuremberg history and Jackson's stand against Japanese American internment during World War II will fascinate readers, many of whom will see parallels to contemporary questions about the balance between citizens' rights and national security."
" Clear writing, well-placed black-and-white photographs, and extensive research combine to illuminate Jackson's extraordinary life... The author's treatment of the trials is perhaps the most interesting portion of the book and will be especially useful to social-studies teachers looking for supplemental information for World War II and Holocaust curricula. An impressively detailed and fascinating treatment of a little-known yet important figure in American history."
"This engaging biography describes the path of Robert H. Jackson from country boy to Supreme Court Justice. The text clearly conveys the historic events, political ideologies, and constitutional laws of his lifetime in addition to relating his impact on issues facing our country today...An extensive list of resources completes this well-researched volume."
"Captivatingly written biography of a great orator, lawyer, and Supreme Court Justice. Information also included about the Supreme Court, the Nuremberg Trial, and WW II. Outstanding archival photos, primary sources, timeline, and extensive section For More Information. A great addition to support the curriculum on this era in US history about a relatively little known figure."
"Though not well known, Jackson certainly deserves greater fame; this engrossing biography provides a look at his fascinating life, and a glimpse of the inner workings of the Supreme Court, and the Nuremberg Trail that followed World War II, an area that receives insufficient coverage in children’s literature."
The Printer’s Trial: The Case of John Peter Zenger and the Fight for a Free Press
The foundation for America’s freedom of the press was laid on an August day in 1735 in colonial New York. In a hot, crowded courtroom, a jury found newspaper printer John Peter Zenger innocent of the charge of seditious libel against the British royal governor. Through a combination of narrative and quotes from primary sources, The Printer’s Trial tells the dramatic story of Zenger’s arrest, imprisonment, and trial.
What Reviewers Say:
"Jarrow's method matches the sophistication of her topic... But don't be fooled by all the primary documents into thinking the book is dry and scholarly. They record political shenanigans so outrageous that even Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert would sputter and gasp."
"History buffs may enjoy this lively account of an early challenge to
“A fascinating new account of the career of John Peter Zenger... The layout of this 100-page book is inviting.” ~Ingram Library Services
“Jarrow clearly organizes and discusses the events leading up to the Zenger trial, its influence on political publishing and discourse in the colonies before the Revolution, and its long-lasting effect on freedom of the press.” ~Booklist
“With clear affection for the topic, Jarrow presents an engaging narrative of the trial that established the precedent of freedom of the press in the colonies prior to the American Revolution...Readers will be rewarded with an inspiring introduction to one of America’s dearest values. An excellent supplement to history units.” ~School Library Journal
"The author's style of writing is easy-to-follow, very clear, and therefore, hooks the reader quickly." ~Library Media Connection
Great Structures in History: A Medieval Castle
Thick stone walls, massive towers, moats, and drawbridges made medieval castles impressive strongholds. The thousands of castles built during the tenth through fifteenth century played an important role in medieval society.