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History comes alive for kids like no textbook can in this epic account of the American Civil War that's perfect for history buffs and reluctant readers! From courageous cavalry rides deep into enemy territory to harrowing covert missions undertaken by spies and soldiers, the events of the American Civil War were filled with daring figures and amazing feats. This exhilarati History comes alive for kids like no textbook can in this epic account of the American Civil War that's perfect for history buffs and reluctant readers! From courageous cavalry rides deep into enemy territory to harrowing covert missions undertaken by spies and soldiers, the events of the American Civil War were filled with daring figures and amazing feats. This exhilarating overview covers the biggest battles as well as captivating lesser-known moments to entertain kids with unbelievable (and totally true) tales of one of America's most fascinating conflicts. History buff, Civil War reenactor, and popular blogger Ben Thompson uses his extensive knowledge and vivid storytelling style to bring the Civil War to life in this first book in a thrilling new series featuring incredible people, events, and civilizations. Get ready to learn just how awesome history can be!


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History comes alive for kids like no textbook can in this epic account of the American Civil War that's perfect for history buffs and reluctant readers! From courageous cavalry rides deep into enemy territory to harrowing covert missions undertaken by spies and soldiers, the events of the American Civil War were filled with daring figures and amazing feats. This exhilarati History comes alive for kids like no textbook can in this epic account of the American Civil War that's perfect for history buffs and reluctant readers! From courageous cavalry rides deep into enemy territory to harrowing covert missions undertaken by spies and soldiers, the events of the American Civil War were filled with daring figures and amazing feats. This exhilarating overview covers the biggest battles as well as captivating lesser-known moments to entertain kids with unbelievable (and totally true) tales of one of America's most fascinating conflicts. History buff, Civil War reenactor, and popular blogger Ben Thompson uses his extensive knowledge and vivid storytelling style to bring the Civil War to life in this first book in a thrilling new series featuring incredible people, events, and civilizations. Get ready to learn just how awesome history can be!

30 review for Guts & Glory: The American Civil War

  1. 4 out of 5

    Kristen

    This is a fabulous piece of nonfiction, and written in a way that young readers will find interesting and accessible. Thompson infuses pop-culture comparisons and young adult language in a way that makes the Civil War come alive for young readers. Some of my favorites: "The Union naval blockade was part of the US strategy known as the Anaconda Plan. Completely unrelated to the Ice Cube/Jennifer Lopez movie..." "The dude's commanding officer came by the next morning to see what the goat cheese had This is a fabulous piece of nonfiction, and written in a way that young readers will find interesting and accessible. Thompson infuses pop-culture comparisons and young adult language in a way that makes the Civil War come alive for young readers. Some of my favorites: "The Union naval blockade was part of the US strategy known as the Anaconda Plan. Completely unrelated to the Ice Cube/Jennifer Lopez movie..." "The dude's commanding officer came by the next morning to see what the goat cheese had happened there..." "He [Lincoln] wasn't a guy who was about to give up and run home to Mama just because a few people came out and said they didn't like his attitude or whatever." The book is filled with important Civil War staples--Chancellorsville, Gettysburg, Appomattox Courthouse--but it also includes littler-known gems such as Belle Boyd, a female Confederate spy, and the 54th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry Regiment, one of the first African-American regiments officially recognized by the Union army. I also found myself tearing up multiple times. First, because reading about the events of the Civil War always shocks me, no matter how many times I hear about the brutal battles and loss of life--so many young men and women fought to hold a fledgling country together, and so many lost their lives. But I also found myself feeling nostalgic--I visited nearly all these places (Gettysburg, Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville) with my dad before he was killed. A history buff and someone as knowledgeable about the Civil War as any scholar, my dad would tell us similar stories in the same way as the author of this book--in a way that left my brother and I waiting for the next one. Well done.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Cedrik Vb

    Guts & Glory: The American Civil War The Guts and Glory of the American Civil war by Ben Thompson, is about the coolest stuff in the American civil war. It tells of train raids, brave guys, and awesome attacks, along with some cool facts to go along. The book is a great one, it is 100% nonfiction, it is great for civil war reports, and is fun for all to read, and enjoy. Guts & Glory: The American Civil War The Guts and Glory of the American Civil war by Ben Thompson, is about the coolest stuff in the American civil war. It tells of train raids, brave guys, and awesome attacks, along with some cool facts to go along. The book is a great one, it is 100% nonfiction, it is great for civil war reports, and is fun for all to read, and enjoy.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Penelope

    Great overview with some interesting little known factoids thrown in for good measure.

  4. 5 out of 5

    BADASSBOOKWORM

    Best history book I've ever read.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Alexander Urban

    So far my opinion of “Guts and Glory The American Civil War” by Ben Thompson I really like the book and how he talks about stuff in the civil war that we don’t learn in school. The book is written in the civil war and it talks about both the Confederate and the union sides of the war. All through the book, the author talks about key players in the civil war and he talks about the people that you don’t learn about in school. An example is he talks about the president and the emancipation proclama So far my opinion of “Guts and Glory The American Civil War” by Ben Thompson I really like the book and how he talks about stuff in the civil war that we don’t learn in school. The book is written in the civil war and it talks about both the Confederate and the union sides of the war. All through the book, the author talks about key players in the civil war and he talks about the people that you don’t learn about in school. An example is he talks about the president and the emancipation proclamation, But he also talks about how all these women disguised themselves as men and enlisted in the war. An example “Jennie Hodgers joined the Ninety-Fifth Illinois Infantry as Albert D.J. Cashier” Another example is the author talks about the only women in history to earn the Medal of Honor the highest achieving medal you can get in the Army she served as a surgeon. I like the book because of how he goes into stuff about the civil war that I’ve never learned about. I would recommend this book to anyone who wants to learn more about U.S. history.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Tyler

    Great, easy to read overview of the Civil War. It focuses on battles which are usually incredibly boring to read somehow in most books but limiting each battle to a few pages leaves no room for unnecessary detail. The writing still leaves room for characters and emotional stakes for the soldiers so it doesn't read like a encyclopedia. I really appreciate the Union and Confederate solider/casualty count after each battle. Each chapter has appendices relating other interesting stories and lives fr Great, easy to read overview of the Civil War. It focuses on battles which are usually incredibly boring to read somehow in most books but limiting each battle to a few pages leaves no room for unnecessary detail. The writing still leaves room for characters and emotional stakes for the soldiers so it doesn't read like a encyclopedia. I really appreciate the Union and Confederate solider/casualty count after each battle. Each chapter has appendices relating other interesting stories and lives from the war. I'd read another of these on the Civil War.

  7. 5 out of 5

    American Mensa

    A great read for history buffs or anyone who wants to know a little more about the Civil War. This book is filled with accurate information from the first shots fired at Fort Sumter to the Confederate surrender at the Appomattox Courthouse. You will be waiting for more events to come. This book is packed with illustrations, facts, statistics, and quotes. The book is split up into stories, such as “Grant Versus Lee”, that are all connected together. There are facts about the war at the end of each A great read for history buffs or anyone who wants to know a little more about the Civil War. This book is filled with accurate information from the first shots fired at Fort Sumter to the Confederate surrender at the Appomattox Courthouse. You will be waiting for more events to come. This book is packed with illustrations, facts, statistics, and quotes. The book is split up into stories, such as “Grant Versus Lee”, that are all connected together. There are facts about the war at the end of each chapter. These facts tell about things such as : “Women in the war” which tells about the unusual ways women served in the war. A good book for ages 10-15. I enjoyed the illustrations that show what is happening in the story. They clearly show what you are reading. I give this book 4 stars. Review by Young Mensan Cole P., age 11, Permian Basin Mensa

  8. 5 out of 5

    Holly

    Incredibly interesting! I got a copy of this free in a book order, and I decided to read it, since later this year I cover the Civil War in my English class. (Lots of fascinating literature from the time, I promise!) I'm sure my middle schoolers will love this. One critique I've seen of this book is that it's maybe not 100% factual at times. But to be fair, when you're condensing a 4 year war into a 352 page book, some things are going to be left out or accidentally skewed because of lack of spac Incredibly interesting! I got a copy of this free in a book order, and I decided to read it, since later this year I cover the Civil War in my English class. (Lots of fascinating literature from the time, I promise!) I'm sure my middle schoolers will love this. One critique I've seen of this book is that it's maybe not 100% factual at times. But to be fair, when you're condensing a 4 year war into a 352 page book, some things are going to be left out or accidentally skewed because of lack of space. Frankly, I loved Thompson's modern speech, saying things like, "some dudes", "that's lame", and my personal favorite, "his amazing mustache" which came up at least 10 times throughout the book. It's humorous. It's a great way for kids to learn enough about the Civil War to research some more. And at the middle school level, that's perfect.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Diane

    History buffs will love this book! I know I did. Such fascinating details into America's most costly war. I love how the author brings in specific people to highlight - some who are not the ones we think of immediately when we hear "Civil War." I also like how he brings in what's going on in the world outside of the states at this time. It helps put things in perspective. The voice is sarcastic at times and uses current day phrasing to add humor, when appropriate. I think my students will really History buffs will love this book! I know I did. Such fascinating details into America's most costly war. I love how the author brings in specific people to highlight - some who are not the ones we think of immediately when we hear "Civil War." I also like how he brings in what's going on in the world outside of the states at this time. It helps put things in perspective. The voice is sarcastic at times and uses current day phrasing to add humor, when appropriate. I think my students will really enjoy this one. Booktalk strategy: read some of the synopses written for each chapter title. Not only do they give a good overview of the chapter, but it also shows the voice of the author, which is compelling.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Diane Carrozzo

    This book was written for young people, but this old person really liked it. I have always had a tough time with anything Social Studies, and this book helped me understand so much about the Civil War. It's written in an interesting manner that young people would appreciate, but this old person likes to be entertained too, so I would recommend it for everyone.....that is, if you want a brief description of the major battles, major players, and lots of trivia concerning the American Civil War. It This book was written for young people, but this old person really liked it. I have always had a tough time with anything Social Studies, and this book helped me understand so much about the Civil War. It's written in an interesting manner that young people would appreciate, but this old person likes to be entertained too, so I would recommend it for everyone.....that is, if you want a brief description of the major battles, major players, and lots of trivia concerning the American Civil War. It was right up my alley.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Heikki Levasalmi

    I absolutely loved this book! It had so many stories of different tales, people, etc., but most of all, I loved how they wrote it. It had a great choice of what stories and it had facts saying what the size of the armies were, how many casualties, and who won if it was a battle. It also had some interesting facts in between the stories and was one of the greatest fun reading books I've read. 5/5 stars.

  12. 5 out of 5

    paula

    YES. YES YES YES. First person nonfiction with a sense of humor, a sense of wonder, a healthy appetite for the absurd, and enough facts to bury Rush Limbaugh 12 feet deep. Written so naturally and with such genuine interest in the subject and respect for the reader that I had to hold up a couple times and remind myself it was written for kids. YES again and DAMN.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Josh McCormack

    Thompson is a fantastic storyteller who inserts witticism and humor in amidst non stop action. This is not a history book that ponders theories - it's like a knowledge packed action movie. He's the sort of fantastic teacher that gets people into history by bringing it to life.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Richard Lamont

    I have read quite a bit of historical books, so to me it was decent overall. I did like the way that he wrote it so younger readers could understand it though. Nevertheless, I rated it three stars because like I said, I have read better.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Mary Mason

    Excellent read. It's like listening to a really cool history teacher. Lots of interesting, obscure information and very informative. I would recommend to anyone who says they don't like history.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Angelica Archangelica

    I loved this. LOVED THIS. Loved every single word of this.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Charlie

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I enjoyed reading this book for it’s humor, short story format, and the information spread throughout. The jokes sprinkled throughout every chapter keep every reader intrigued and helps avoid the book being labeled as bland and textbook-like. The short story format also allows for the author to cover events more “scattered” throughout time without confusing the reader, which is well done. This also allows for the book to project to more demographics by giving more variety to what content is in t I enjoyed reading this book for it’s humor, short story format, and the information spread throughout. The jokes sprinkled throughout every chapter keep every reader intrigued and helps avoid the book being labeled as bland and textbook-like. The short story format also allows for the author to cover events more “scattered” throughout time without confusing the reader, which is well done. This also allows for the book to project to more demographics by giving more variety to what content is in the book (I.e if you don’t enjoy reading about a certain character you can skip to the next chapter as there will be a completely new story). Even with this format though, the author still maintains an overarching story throughout, and while most people reading will know the ending of the story (the South loses), the author still creates suspense and excitement all the way along the last chapter. The listed reasons above paired with the educational text allows me to learn, laugh, and enjoy the book from start to finish.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Travis J. Coner

    I really loved this book (!) with one caveat, now that I've started his WW2 version, Slavery was not taken seriously enough. Compared to the somber, very well written intro to WW2 version about atrocities, the Civil war book was a little playful and glorifying of the Lost Cause, and I wish there had been a cold opening (just a page or two) just like WW2 helping young and old readers alike understanding this. Besides that I enjoyed this history and had a breakthrough of understanding. I'm 33 and I really loved this book (!) with one caveat, now that I've started his WW2 version, Slavery was not taken seriously enough. Compared to the somber, very well written intro to WW2 version about atrocities, the Civil war book was a little playful and glorifying of the Lost Cause, and I wish there had been a cold opening (just a page or two) just like WW2 helping young and old readers alike understanding this. Besides that I enjoyed this history and had a breakthrough of understanding. I'm 33 and a teacher now but I just think the way college academic books are written bore more people away from this than they attract. In an age of constant distraction and endless sources of entertainment, this book really grabs you. BONUS for the world history Civil War pages. That was fantastic!

  19. 5 out of 5

    Suzanne Brayton

    I picked up this book at a Scholastic book sale at my Junior High(where I work). I have not pushed through to finish quickly, rather, I have been stopping at intervals to google the place or people to fill in my understanding of the different battles etc. The book is written like a newspaper, with articles and boxes with small amounts of info in them. It covers important battles, and important people and things in the Civil War, in chronological order. I have enjoyed this book a lot. It fills in I picked up this book at a Scholastic book sale at my Junior High(where I work). I have not pushed through to finish quickly, rather, I have been stopping at intervals to google the place or people to fill in my understanding of the different battles etc. The book is written like a newspaper, with articles and boxes with small amounts of info in them. It covers important battles, and important people and things in the Civil War, in chronological order. I have enjoyed this book a lot. It fills in a lot of gaps from other books. Also, it was written by the ancestor of a Civil War Soldier who adds his own interesting take on many of the events. One small complaint, the author uses current day "hip" slang in order to make the text feel more relevant to young people. I could live without that. The text is interesting enough without it. At least it is used infrequently.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Chris

    This is a great book for both kids and adults alike about the military history of the Civil War. The format of the book is brilliant- each chapter chronologically tells about a major battle of the war, defines the circumstances of that battle, which generals were leading the troops, the casualties, the winner/loser of the battle and the many stories that keep the reader engaged and entertained. Also in every chapter are interesting facts about the Civil War that explain the big picture and cast This is a great book for both kids and adults alike about the military history of the Civil War. The format of the book is brilliant- each chapter chronologically tells about a major battle of the war, defines the circumstances of that battle, which generals were leading the troops, the casualties, the winner/loser of the battle and the many stories that keep the reader engaged and entertained. Also in every chapter are interesting facts about the Civil War that explain the big picture and cast of characters that played important roles in this time period. So many facts in this book, but I especially love the story telling fashion of the book that makes the history come alive.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Chase Bevan

    The book is about some of the most Gutty and glorified events that took place in the civil war. Topics include the modern medical tools, the battle of Gettysburg and the surrender of Appomattox and tons more. There's no plot line or main character so you can read all over the place. I really enjoyed this book as I am a civil war Buff. This book summarized the entire war into a couple hundred pages. This book was supposed to take me a month to read and I had it done in two weeks. It's really a th The book is about some of the most Gutty and glorified events that took place in the civil war. Topics include the modern medical tools, the battle of Gettysburg and the surrender of Appomattox and tons more. There's no plot line or main character so you can read all over the place. I really enjoyed this book as I am a civil war Buff. This book summarized the entire war into a couple hundred pages. This book was supposed to take me a month to read and I had it done in two weeks. It's really a thriller. This book also had some great historical fact and comedy as well I would highly recommend this book to a reader that likes adventure and mystery combined.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Jessica Chittester

    This is a fantastic book. It's written in an easy manner, for younger people just getting into nonfiction, but it doesn't take away from the enjoyment I got out of this book. The easy and 'modern' writing doesn't take away from the facts, action, adventure, and just pure amazing history that the author packed into the novel. I love the civil war. It holds a special place in my historical loving heart. This is a book I'd recommend for anyone just getting into the civil war or someone whose done ext This is a fantastic book. It's written in an easy manner, for younger people just getting into nonfiction, but it doesn't take away from the enjoyment I got out of this book. The easy and 'modern' writing doesn't take away from the facts, action, adventure, and just pure amazing history that the author packed into the novel. I love the civil war. It holds a special place in my historical loving heart. This is a book I'd recommend for anyone just getting into the civil war or someone whose done extensive research already. Please, read this book. You won't be sorry.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Arnav

    This book is awesome but you might want know why so let me describe it. The book is somewhere between a Crash Course and in depth book about the American Civil War. But it takes the best parts of both with short but descriptive book and it never gets boring. It also has smaller battles that many people don't know about so not only does it describe the big battles but also the unknown ones. These are all just some of the reasons that this book is so great and how it is different from the others t This book is awesome but you might want know why so let me describe it. The book is somewhere between a Crash Course and in depth book about the American Civil War. But it takes the best parts of both with short but descriptive book and it never gets boring. It also has smaller battles that many people don't know about so not only does it describe the big battles but also the unknown ones. These are all just some of the reasons that this book is so great and how it is different from the others that only describe the big battles.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Noah

    Guts and Glory by Ben Thompson are the stories of famous people and battles such as Shiloh and Gettysburg. My favorite battle is Mobile Bay because of the fearlessness of David Glasgow Farragut. I love how he was old fashioned and didn’t need to have an ironclad to win a battle or show skill. But I also liked to laugh at the failures of officers or other soldiers who decided not to follow orders because they didn’t agree on the plan or were cowards and freaked out.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Stanton T.

    This story was about The American Civil war. Main Charecters there really are none.But I guess the confederate and Union armies.They mostly fought and that was it. They ran into a problem which is the war.There really where not that many adventures just across the Confederate states and the American States. My favorite charecter was George Custis because he lead his calvary men and was super agrssive.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Scyther

    This book was a fun read. The author's use of humor throughout the book is just what is needed to make it easy to learn about the Civil War. Informative and funny, the book is something I would recommend to anyone I know that needs just the right study source. It's something I never thought I would do, but I actually had a sense of enjoyment and entertainment while learning about history, so this book, to me, deserves 5 stars.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Kyle

    Another 5 star book. Man, this author is really good. This series is the first one I’ve read of him, but I’m not sure if this is his only one or not. If someone could tell me, that’d be nice. Anyways, this is pretty much a bunch of civil war facts all mashed up into a big juicy book. And I LIKE IT THAT WAY!! FACTS ARE AWESOME!! HUZZAH! HUZZAH! Anyways, yeah. That’s kinda it for my thoughts on my book. Read it.

  28. 5 out of 5

    J. Patrick

    The book Guts and Glory the American civil war is about the civil war. The author went into detail about every battle that happened during the war, He added in charts and fun facts to make the book interesting. I gave the book a 4 out of 5 stars because in some spots it was very repetitive. I wold recommend this book to people who like history books.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Drew M

    I felt like this was a very interesting and educational read. However, the book moves very slowly and you often find yourself very confused due to an abundance of names and places. The most confusing part was remembering who certain generals and soldiers were and whose side they were on in the war. Nevertheless, I got threw it before the end of summer.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Mary

    While this book offers an interesting overlook of the whole American Civil War through focusing on significant battles, the style of writing was not my favorite. I found it hard to read through some parts as an avid reader, therefore, I am doubtful this book lives up to the claim of being a book for reluctant readers. I did like this book in that it was a good introduction to a complicated war.

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