Books


Undefeated

Undefeated: Jim Thorpe and the Carlisle Indian School Football Team

When superstar athlete Jim Thorpe and football legend Pop Warner met in 1904 at the Carlisle Indian Industrial School in Pennsylvania, they forged one of the winningest teams in American football history. Called “the team that invented football,” they took on the best opponents of their day, defeating much more privileged schools such as Harvard and the Army in a series of breathtakingly close calls, genius plays, and bone-crushing hard work.

Most Dangerous

Most Dangerous: Daniel Ellsberg and the Secret History of the Vietnam War

A tense, exciting exploration of what the Times deemed “the greatest story of the century”: how Daniel Ellsberg transformed from obscure government analyst into “the most dangerous man in America,” and risked everything to expose the government’s deceit during the Vietnam War.


Bomb

Bomb: The Race to Build—and Steal—The World’s Most Dangerous Weapon

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 three continents. 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.

The Port Chicago 50

The Port Chicago 50: Disaster, Mutiny, and the Fight for Civil Rights

I’m really excited to share this little-known World War II civil rights drama. It follows a group of young African American sailors – many of them teenagers – who are assigned to load ammunition at Port Chicago, a segregated naval base in California. But they are never trained to handle ammunition safely, and are constantly being rushed by their officers.


Lincoln's Grave Robbers

Lincoln’s Grave Robbers

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.

The Notorius Benedit Arnold

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

Most people know that Benedict Arnold was America’s first, most notorious traitor. Few know that he was also one of its greatest war heroes. This accessible biography introduces young readers to the real Arnold: reckless, heroic, and driven. Packed with first-person accounts, astonishing battle scenes, and surprising twists, this is a gripping and true adventure tale.


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King George: What Was His Problem?: The Whole Hilarious Story of the American Revolution

Entire books have been written about the causes of the American Revolution. This isn’t one of them. What it is, instead, is utterly interesting, antedotes (John Hancock fixates on salmon), from the inside out (at the Battle of Eutaw Springs, hundreds of soldiers plunged into battle “naked as they were born”) close-up narrative filled with little-known details…

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Two Miserable Presidents: The Amazing, Terrible, and Totally True Story of the Civil War

The terrible, disgusting, surprising and inspiring story of the Civil War… with special focus on just how miserable everyone really was.


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Which Way to the Wild West? Everything Your Textbooks Didn’t Tell You About America’s Westward Expansion

Just how wild was America’s Wild West? And how’d the United States get all that land, anyway? Here’s the real story, and it’s no feel-good fairy tale.

GuysRead

Guys Read: True Stories

Jon Scieszka’s Guys Read anthology series for tweens turns to nonfiction in its fifth volume, True Stories. The fifth installment in the Guys Read Library of Great Reading features ten stories that are 100% amazing, 100% adventurous, 100% unbelievable—and 100% true.