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Surprise Attack!: Battle of Shiloh (Graphic History) Paperback – 24 Oct 2006
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“Given how compulsively readable most of Osprey's adult-level books have always been, it's gratifying to see the publisher putting all that expertise to very good use in these 'PG-13' volumes. Right off the bat, so to speak, I was deeply impressed with how author Hama has managed to summarive ALL of the Civil War's basic causes within the boundaries of 600 words... ultra-tight prose is not necessarily lacking in grace!” ―Mike Dorn, The Wargamer
About the Author
Larry Hama is best known as a writer and editor for Marvel Comics where he was responsible for creating and writing the G. I. Joe comic book of the 1980s, and developing many of the G.I. Joe characters for Hasbro. His other comic book writing credits include Wolverine, Avengers, Elektra, Venom, and Batman. Larry also created the Bucky O'Hare comic, which was turned into a toy line and an animated TV series. He lives in New York. The author lives in New York, USA.
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This book is really good. I think the descriptions and illustrations are excellent--the whole series of these books is awesome!!! I recommend this highly.
"Surprise Attack" references the outlook of the generals on both sides, General Grant's battlefield bravado, Genral Johnston's tin cup, the nighttime bombardment by union gunboats, Nathan Bedford Forrest's squirrely charge and desperate last stand, and Lincoln's humor at the expense of the Temperance Society.
Some vocabulary includes: alerted, encampment, deserted, rations, assault, dwindled, re-formed, ammunition...
I highly recommend this series of books.
Realistic dipictions of Confederate and Union soldiers with bayonets,muzzle loaders,horses,and cannons are incorporated with the clear text in a "comic book-like" setting making this an unintimidating book for an early reader. A few pages for the more advanced reader begins and completes the book with consise introductory and general information concerning the Civil War. Important historical characters as well as political and economic conditions leading up the war are discussed. A simple map identifies the area in which this battle took place. Nearly forty pages of pleasantly colord "comic" pages make up the majority of the book. Each of these pages depict battle scenes as well as scenes described within the very clearly written text. The pictures grab the reader's attention and the information is explained in elementary vocabulary. Illustrations include very specific detail right down to the expressions on the soldiers'faces.
My grandsons reach for this book to take in the car, to look at and to be read to! What a great break
for them from my granddaughters' "princess" books.