Narrative Nonfiction
106 views | +0 today
Follow
Your new post is loading...
Your new post is loading...
Scooped by Sarah Thornbery
Scoop.it!

The Nazi Hunters: How a Team of Spies and Survivors Captured the World's Most Notorious Nazi

The Nazi Hunters: How a Team of Spies and Survivors Captured the World's Most Notorious Nazi | Narrative Nonfiction | Scoop.it

A thrilling spy mission, a moving Holocaust story, and a first-class work of narrative nonfiction. In 1945, at the end of World War II, Adolf Eichmann, the head of operations for the Nazis' Final Solution, walked into the mountains of Germany and vanished from view. Sixteen years later, an elite team of spies captured him at a bus stop in Argentina and smuggled him to Israel, resulting in one of the century's most important trials -- one that cemented the Holocaust in the public imagination.

THE NAZI HUNTERS is the thrilling and fascinating story of what happened between these two events. Survivor Simon Wiesenthal opened Eichmann's case; a blind Argentinean and his teenage daughter provided crucial information. Finally, the Israeli spies -- many of whom lost family in the Holocaust -- embarked on their daring mission, recounted here in full.

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Sarah Thornbery
Scoop.it!

Sugar Changed the World: A Story of Magic, Spice, Slavery, Freedom, and Science

Sugar Changed the World: A Story of Magic, Spice, Slavery, Freedom, and Science | Narrative Nonfiction | Scoop.it
Overview

When this award-winning husband-and-wife team discovered that they each had sugar in their family history, they were inspired to trace the globe-spanning story of the sweet substance and to seek out the voices of those who led bitter sugar lives. The trail ran like a bright band from religious ceremonies in India to Europe’s Middle Ages, then on to Columbus, who brought the first cane cuttings to the Americas. Sugar was the substance that drove the bloody slave trade and caused the loss of countless lives but it also planted the seeds of revolution that led to freedom in the American colonies, Haiti, and France. With songs, oral histories, maps, and over 80 archival illustrations, here is the story of how one product allows us to see the grand currents of world history in new ways. Time line, source notes, bibliography, index.

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Sarah Thornbery
Scoop.it!

The Book of Blood: From Legends and Leeches to Vampires and Veins

The Book of Blood: From Legends and Leeches to Vampires and Veins | Narrative Nonfiction | Scoop.it
Publishers Weekly

“Blood looks too simple to be so important: just a bright splash of liquid that seems as if it isn’t much different from paint or fruit juice or cherry-colored water.” In 11 concise chapters, Newquist (Here There Be Monsters) demystifies one of the most elemental and (literally) vital components of life as we know it. After an overview of the complex makeup of blood, Newquist dives into humankind’s history with, beliefs about, and study of blood, including missteps and misconceptions along the way; both ritual and medical bloodletting are discussed, the latter persisting as a method of treatment well into the 1800s (“George Washington was treated with bloodletting—and then died from it”). Newquist goes into detail to explain how blood moves through the human body and the critical role it plays in keeping us alive, also touching on hematophageous (blood-drinking) animals and vampire legends. Photographs and period illustrations appear throughout, and blood-spattered pages play into the subject matter’s potential for ickiness, even while Newquist makes it clear that blood is worthy of fascination, not fear. Ages 10–14. Agent: Ken Wright, Writers House. (Aug.)

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Sarah Thornbery
Scoop.it!

Bomb: The Race to Build--and Steal--the World's Most Dangerous Weapon

Bomb: The Race to Build--and Steal--the World's Most Dangerous Weapon | Narrative Nonfiction | Scoop.it
Overview

In December of 1938, a chemist in a German laboratory made a shocking discovery: When placed next to radioactive material, a Uranium atom split in two. That simple discovery launched a scientific race that spanned 3 continents. In Great Britain and the United States, Soviet spies worked their way into the scientific community; in Norway, a commando force slipped behind enemy lines to attack German heavy-water manufacturing; and deep in the desert, one brilliant group of scientists was hidden away at a remote site at Los Alamos. This is the story of the plotting, the risk-taking, the deceit, and genius that created the world's most formidable weapon. This is the story of the atomic bomb.

Winner of the 2013 Sibert Medal
Winner of the 2013 YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction
A 2013 Newbery Honor Book
2012 National Book Award Finalist for Young People's Literature

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Sarah Thornbery
Scoop.it!

Blizzard of Glass: The Halifax Explosion of 1917

Blizzard of Glass: The Halifax Explosion of 1917 | Narrative Nonfiction | Scoop.it

On December 6, 1917, two ships collided in Halifax Harbour. One ship was loaded top to bottom with munitions and the other held relief supplies, both intended for wartorn Europe. The resulting blast flattened two towns, Halifax and Dartmouth, and killed nearly 2,000 people. As if that wasn’t devastating enough, a blizzard hit the next day, dumping more than a foot of snow on the area and paralyzing much-needed relief efforts.

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Sarah Thornbery
Scoop.it!

Ghosts in the Fog: The Untold Story of Alaska's WWII Invasion

Ghosts in the Fog: The Untold Story of Alaska's WWII Invasion | Narrative Nonfiction | Scoop.it

The story of the Japanese invasion of Alaska in June 1942 is a piece of United States history that has been virtually forgotten. Ghosts in the Fog is the first book for young readers to address this important piece of World War II history. Following the attack on Pearl Harbor, the Japanese occupied the Aleutian Islands. The United States launched a counterattack, but the harsh weather and terrain posed difficulties. Black-and-white photographs and first-person accounts help readers make personal connections with historical events and understand what the brave soldiers endured. "We thought we were going into the jaws of death," explained Robert W. Parker, who was part of a mission to determine if the Japanese had moved to the southern side of the island of Kiska. "None of us was sure whether we'd ever climb back up those hills," Parker continued. The battle finally ended in the summer of 1943, but by then 1,000 men had died. Ghosts in the Fog also tells the story of the Native Alaskans who were evacuated and placed in relocation camps that were overcrowded and unsanitary. 

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Sarah Thornbery
Scoop.it!

Hitler Youth: Growing Up in Hitler's Shadow

Hitler Youth: Growing Up in Hitler's Shadow | Narrative Nonfiction | Scoop.it

How could so many Germans go along with Hitler's inhumane public policies that led to the deaths of millions? This book, through the testimony of youth, successfully answers that question. The Hitler Youth program offered its often-impoverished members hope, excitement, and even power. The dangling carrot of camping trips, uniforms, and parades enraptured tens of thousands of children. From the story of its first martyr to the executions of those who left its ranks in the war's waning years, the history of the organization, and on a wider scale the story of the Holocaust, is told against the backdrop of Germany's youth, used as campaigners, informants, laborers, and even soldiers. The program infiltrated churches and schools and intimidated teachers and clerics to conform to Nazi policies of anti-Semitism, book burning, and eradication of all things "non-German." As these policies became more outrageous, many tried to leave, but by then it had become dangerous to challenge the mob mentality. This profusely illustrated book relates the stories of youth who were-and still are-supportive of Hitler's deeds as well as those who resisted, and in some cases died, trying to sway public opinion. Heartbreaking photographs include images of the infirm, and mentally and physically handicapped being sent to eradication centers, and in the final chapter, images of astonished Germans watching films of Holocaust atrocities that they had helped to bring about, many unwittingly so. This book offers through simple and powerful primary sources an important though tearful lesson in history, citizenship, and responsibility

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Sarah Thornbery
Scoop.it!

How They Croaked: The Awful Ends of the Awfully Famous

How They Croaked: The Awful Ends of the Awfully Famous | Narrative Nonfiction | Scoop.it

Over the course of history men and women have lived and died. In fact, getting sick and dying can be a big, ugly mess-especially before the modern medical care that we all enjoy today. How They Croaked relays all the gory details of how nineteen world figures gave up the ghost. Readers will be fascinated well past the final curtain, and feel lucky to live in a world with painkillers, X-rays, soap, and 911.

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Sarah Thornbery
Scoop.it!

Music Was It: Young Leonard Bernstein

Music Was It: Young Leonard Bernstein | Narrative Nonfiction | Scoop.it

"Life without music is unthinkable."—Leonard Bernstein, Findings

When Lenny was two years old, his mother found that the only way to soothe her crying son was to turn on the Victrola. When his aunt passed on her piano to Lenny’s parents, the boy demanded lessons. When Lenny went to school, he had the most fun during "singing hours."

 

But Lenny’s love of music was met with opposition from the start. Lenny’s father, a successful businessman, wanted Lenny to follow in his footsteps. Additionally, the classical music world of the 1930s and 1940s was dominated by Europeans—no American Jewish kid had a serious chance to make a name for himself in this field.

Beginning with Lenny’s childhood in Boston and ending with his triumphant conducting debut at Carnegie Hall with the New York Philharmonic when he was just twenty-five, MUSIC WAS IT draws readers into the energetic, passionate, challenging, music-filled life of young Leonard Bernstein.

 

Archival photographs, mostly from the Leonard Bernstein Collection at the Library of Congress, illustrate this fascinating biography, which also includes a foreword by Bernstein’s daughter Jamie. Extensive back matter includes biographies of important people in Bernstein’s life, as well as a discography of his music.

Winner of the 2012 Sydney Taylor Award for Older Readers
A 2012 YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction Finalist

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Sarah Thornbery
Scoop.it!

The Notorious Benedict Arnold: A True Story of Adventure, Heroism & Treachery

The Notorious Benedict Arnold: A True Story of Adventure, Heroism & Treachery | Narrative Nonfiction | Scoop.it

Could anyone actually be so angry over lack of recognition for job performance that he would betray his country? Apparently, Benedict Arnold was that man. He led his troops heroically and suffered permanent injury. But Arnold's arrogance provoked many of his superiors and inspired some to spread false rumors about his methods. He was overlooked when promotion time came around. A complete lack of tact eventually cost him the support of even his long-suffering friend, George Washington. Arnold was close to bankrupt when he struck a deal with the English wherein he would take the command of the fort at West Point and then leave it defenseless, a potentially fatal blow to Americans. Instead, a series of coincidences caused the plot to be discovered. Arnold and his family relocated to England where he died in pain and disgrace in 1801.

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Sarah Thornbery
Scoop.it!

The Rise and Fall of Senator Joe McCarthy

The Rise and Fall of Senator Joe McCarthy | Narrative Nonfiction | Scoop.it

When Cold War tension was at its height, Joseph ("call me Joe") McCarthy conducted an anti-Communist crusade endorsed by millions of Americans, despite his unfair and unconstitutional methods. Award-winning writer James Cross Giblin tells the story of a man whose priorities centered on power and media attention and who stopped at nothing to obtain both. The strengths and weaknesses of the man and the system that permitted his rise are explored in this authoritative, lucid biography, which sets McCarthy's life against a teeming backdrop of world affairs and struggles between military and political rivals at home.

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Sarah Thornbery
Scoop.it!

Something Out of Nothing: Marie Curie and Radium

Something Out of Nothing: Marie Curie and Radium | Narrative Nonfiction | Scoop.it

Marie Curie's story has fascinated and inspired young readers decades. The poor Polish girl who worked eight years to be able to afford to attend the Sorbonne in Paris became one of the most important scientists of her day, winning not one but two

Nobel Prizes. Her life is a fascinating one, filled with hard work,

humanitarianism, and tragedy. Her work with her husband,

Pierre - the study of radioactivity and the discovery of the elements radium and polonium - changed science forever. But she is less well known for her selfless efforts during World War to establish mobile X-ray units so that wounded French soldiers could get better care faster. When she stood to profit greatly from her scientific work, she chose not to, making her methods and findings known and available to all of science. As a result, this famous woman spent most of her life in need of money,often to buy the very elements she discovered.

Marie Curie's life and work are given a fresh telling, one that also explores the larger picture of the effects of radium in world culture, and its exploitation and sad misuse.

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Sarah Thornbery
Scoop.it!

Sugar Changed the World: A Story of Magic, Spice, Slavery, Freedom, and Science

Sugar Changed the World: A Story of Magic, Spice, Slavery, Freedom, and Science | Narrative Nonfiction | Scoop.it

When this award-winning husband-and-wife team discovered that they each had sugar in their family history, they were inspired to trace the globe-spanning story of the sweet substance and to seek out the voices of those who led bitter sugar lives. The trail ran like a bright band from religious ceremonies in India to Europe’s Middle Ages, then on to Columbus, who brought the first cane cuttings to the Americas. Sugar was the substance that drove the bloody slave trade and caused the loss of countless lives but it also planted the seeds of revolution that led to freedom in the American colonies, Haiti, and France. With songs, oral histories, maps, and over 80 archival illustrations, here is the story of how one product allows us to see the grand currents of world history in new ways. Time line, source notes, bibliography, index.

A 2012 YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction Finalist

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Sarah Thornbery
Scoop.it!

Fourth Down and Inches: Concussions and Football's Make-or-Break Moment

Fourth Down and Inches: Concussions and Football's Make-or-Break Moment | Narrative Nonfiction | Scoop.it
Overview

When the 1905 football season ended, nineteen players were dead and countless others were critically injured. The public was outraged. The game had reached a make-or-break moment—fourth down and inches. Coaches, players, fans, and even the president of the United States had one last chance: change football or leave the field.

Football's defenders managed to move the chains. Rule changes and reforms after 1905 saved the game and cleared the way for it to become America's most popular sport. But they didn't fix everything.

Today, football faces a new injury crisis as dire as 1905's. With increased awareness about brain injury, reported concussions are on the rise among football players. But experts fear concussions may only be the tip of the iceberg. The injuries are almost invisible, but the stakes couldn't be higher: the brains of millions of young football players across the country.

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Sarah Thornbery
Scoop.it!

Secret of the Yellow Death: A True Story of Medical Sleuthing

Secret of the Yellow Death: A True Story of Medical Sleuthing | Narrative Nonfiction | Scoop.it

Red oozes from the patient's gums.  He has a rushing headache and the whites of his eyes look like lemons.  His tongue may soon turn black.  He will likely die within days.
 
Here is the true story of how four Americans and one Cuban tracked down a killer, one of the word's most vicious plagues: yellow fever.  Set in fever-stricken Cuba, the reader feels the heavy air, smell the stench of disease, hear the whine of mosquitoes biting human volunteers during the surreal experiments. Exploring themes of courage, cooperation, and the ethics of human experimentation, this gripping account is ultimately a story of the triumph of science.       

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Sarah Thornbery
Scoop.it!

Bootleg: Murder, Moonshine, and the Lawless Years of Prohibition

Bootleg: Murder, Moonshine, and the Lawless Years of Prohibition | Narrative Nonfiction | Scoop.it

It began with the best of intentions. Worried about the effects of alcohol on American families, mothers and civic leaders started a movement to outlaw drinking in public places. Over time, their protests, petitions, and activism paid off--when a Constitutional Amendment banning the sale and consumption of alcohol was ratified, it was hailed as the end of public drunkenness, alcoholism, and a host of other social ills related to booze. Instead, it began a decade of lawlessness, when children smuggled (and drank) illegal alcohol, the most upright citizens casually broke the law, and a host of notorious gangsters entered the public eye. Filled with period art and photographs, anecdotes, and portraits of unique characters from the era, this fascinating book looks at the rise and fall of the disastrous social experiment known as Prohibition.

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Sarah Thornbery
Scoop.it!

Beyond Courage: The Untold Story of Jewish Resistance During the Holocaust

Beyond Courage: The Untold Story of Jewish Resistance During the Holocaust | Narrative Nonfiction | Scoop.it

In a stirring chronicle, Doreen Rappaport brings to light the courage of countless Jews who organized to sabotage the Nazis and help other Jews during the Holocaust.

Under the noses of the military, Georges Loinger smuggles thousands of children out of occupied France into Switzerland. In Belgium, three resisters ambush a train, allowing scores of Jews to flee from the cattle cars. In Poland, four brothers lead more than 1,200 ghetto refugees into the forest to build a guerilla force and self-sufficient village. And twelve-year-old Motele Shlayan entertains German officers with his violin moments before setting off a bomb. Through twenty-one meticulously researched accounts — some chronicled in book form for the first time — Doreen Rappaport illuminates the defiance of tens of thousands of Jews across eleven Nazi-occupied countries during World War II. In answer to the genocidal madness that was Hitler’s Holocaust, the only response they could abide was resistance, and their greatest weapons were courage, ingenuity, the will to survive, and the resolve to save others or to die trying.

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Sarah Thornbery
Scoop.it!

Chasing Lincoln's Killer: The Search for John Wilkes Booth

Chasing Lincoln's Killer: The Search for John Wilkes Booth | Narrative Nonfiction | Scoop.it

Drawn from Swanson's 2007 adult work, Manhunt, this adaptation offers younger audiences a chronological, sometimes graphic play-by-play of Lincoln's assassination and the pursuit of his murderer and cohorts. An ever-increasing cast of characters in the 1865 conspiracy fills the pages, from assassin John Wilkes Booth to the Union sergeant who ended Booth's life in a burning tobacco barn. The narrative, peppered with some editorializing, jumps between Washington, D.C., and Booth's countryside hideouts: "Booth's leg was throbbing painfully. He needed a doctor.... At the Petersen house, Abraham Lincoln would soon have more doctors than he could ever want, but little use for any of them." While Swanson's 14 brief, descriptive chapters tell a riveting story, the myriad details and jumping back and forth can at times feel whipsawing.

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Sarah Thornbery
Scoop.it!

George Washington, Spymaster: How the Americans Outspied the British and Won the Revolutionary War

George Washington, Spymaster: How the Americans Outspied the British and Won the Revolutionary War | Narrative Nonfiction | Scoop.it

A riveting tale of intrigue, spies, counterspies and secret agents, George Washington, Spymasteris a unique and entertaining account of one of the most important chapters in our nation's history. The compelling narrative reveals the surprising role played by the first commander-in-chief, General George Washington in the War of Independence.


Follow the action as 1775 dawns, and Washington finds himself in serious trouble. At war with Britain, the world's most powerful empire, his ragtag army possesses only a few muskets, some cannons, and no money. The Americans' only hope is to wage an invisible war—a war of spies, intelligence networks, and deception.

 

Enter the shadowy world of double agents, covert operations, codes and ciphers—a world so secret that America's spymaster himself doesn't know the identities of some of his agents. Meet members of the elusive Culper Ring, uncover a "mole" in the Sons of Liberty, and see how invisible ink and even a clothesline are used to send secret messages. You can even use Washington's own secret codebook, published here for the first time. Experience at close quarters the successes and failures of the Americans as they strive to outwit the British. Meet the chief of covert operations, one Benjamin Franklin, and several other surprising players in America's secret war.

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Sarah Thornbery
Scoop.it!

Lincoln's Grave Robbers

Lincoln's Grave Robbers | Narrative Nonfiction | Scoop.it

The action begins in October of 1875, as Secret Service agents raid the Fulton, Illinois, workshop of master counterfeiter Ben Boyd. Soon after Boyd is hauled off to prison, members of his counterfeiting ring gather in the back room of a smoky Chicago saloon to discuss how to spring their ringleader. Their plan: grab Lincoln's body from its Springfield tomb, stash it in the sand dunes near Lake Michigan, and demand, as a ransom, the release of Ben Boyd --and $200,000 in cash. From here, the action alternates between the conspirators, the Secret Service agents on their trail, and the undercover agent moving back and forth between the two groups. Along the way readers get glimpses into the inner workings of counterfeiting, grave robbing, detective work, and the early days of the Secret Service. The plot moves toward a wild climax as robbers and lawmen converge at Lincoln's tomb on election night: November 7, 1876.

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Sarah Thornbery
Scoop.it!

Lost Boy, Lost Girl: Escaping Civil War in Sudan

Lost Boy, Lost Girl: Escaping Civil War in Sudan | Narrative Nonfiction | Scoop.it

John's life as a Dinka villager and Martha's life in the city of Juba were both upended, and they don't even seem angry about it. The book unfolds the separate lives and common struggles of John and Martha as children, teenagers, and adults during a time of peace, war, and refuge beginning in 1983. A book about survival and strength rather than anger and blame, it gets the point across of the immense turmoil and struggle of the southern Sudanese people without getting too frightening. Walking hundreds of miles with no shoes, disease, crocodiles, guns, lack of food and clean water, are endured with thoughts of life, family, pride, and hope. John and Martha's stories began to intertwine at a refugee camp, and they both sought a new life in the United States. 

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Sarah Thornbery
Scoop.it!

A Night to Remember

A Night to Remember | Narrative Nonfiction | Scoop.it

First published in 1955, A Night to Remember remains a completely riveting account of the Titanic's fatal collision and the behavior of the passengers and crew, both noble and ignominious. Some sacrificed their lives, while others fought like animals for their own survival. Wives beseeched husbands to join them in lifeboats; gentlemen went taut-lipped to their deaths in full evening dress; and hundreds of steerage passengers, trapped below decks, sought help in vain.

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Sarah Thornbery
Scoop.it!

The Race to Save the Lord God Bird

The Race to Save the Lord God Bird | Narrative Nonfiction | Scoop.it

For thousands of years, the majestic Ivorybilled Woodpecker reigned over the dark emerald forests that once carpeted the bottomlands of America's broad southern rivers, as well as the red, rugged mountains of eastern Cuba, where it was called Carpintero real. A phantom bird, always more easily heard than seen, it had a giant, ivory-colored bill prized by Indians and whites alike. But even in the early 1800s, when John James Audubon captured the Ivory-bill's likeness in his ground-breaking book The Birds of America, this species was beginning to disappear. A century later, it was presumed extinct. What happened? The Ivory-bill's story sweeps through two hundred years of history, introducing artists, specimen collectors, lumber barons, plume hunters, and finally -- in Cornell's Arthur A. Allen and his young ornithology student James Tanner -- pioneering biologists who sought to uncover the mystery of birds by studying them alive in their habitats. Their quest to save the Ivory-bill was to culminate in one of the first great conservation showdowns. With lively prose, illuminating images, and meticulous research, Hoose explores the tragedy of extinction. 

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Sarah Thornbery
Scoop.it!

Secret, Lies, Gizmos, and Spies: A History of Spies and Espionage

Secret, Lies, Gizmos, and Spies: A History of Spies and Espionage | Narrative Nonfiction | Scoop.it

Published in conjunction with the International Spy Museum in Washington DC, this heavily illustrated volume details the secret history of spies and espionage through the ages. From the Trojan War to World War II, from James Bond to Austin Powers, all aspiring secret agents will learn about extraordinary and harrowing tales of famous spies and classified operations. 

Featuring many photos of concealed weapons and covert gadgets, interviews with real spies, guides to key terms, and other death-defying spy stories, Secrets, Lies, Gizmos, and Spies will reveal the unbelievable and unpredictable world of artful deception.

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Sarah Thornbery
Scoop.it!

Truce

Truce | Narrative Nonfiction | Scoop.it

World War I was notable for incredible carnage, the complete senselessness of which was noted by both foot soldiers and such savvy statesmen as Winston Churchill. Murphy begins this history of the Christmas truce of 1914 by limning the buildup to the war. Anyone who has ever felt confused by the connection between the assassination of Archduke Ferdinand and the conflagration that followed will be vastly enlightened by Murphy's explanation, extended in the comparison, drawn in the epilogue, of Europe in 1914 to the United States just prior to attacking Iraq. The author's descriptions of the fatal collision between 19th-century battle tactics and 20th-century weaponry leave no national high command looking the least bit competent. Given this background, it is quite clear why, in December of 1914, troops (both German/Austrian and Allied) simply ceased fighting. Soldiers fraternized across the barren No Man's Land between trenches, sang together, and exchanged gifts. In some places, the truce lasted until late into the spring. 

more...
No comment yet.