Close Calls: How Eleven US Presidents Escaped from the Brink of Death

Close Calls: How Eleven US Presidents Escaped from the Brink of Death

Historians tell the stories of tragic and untimely presidential deaths, but often forgotten are the near misses. JFK and his fellow servicemen spent six days on a desert island with only coconuts to eat after a deadly attack during WWII. Abe Lincoln was forced to take a train trip in disguise while America's first female detective worked to foil an early assassination attempt. And when Andrew Jackson was attacked by an upset citizen who had been stalking him for months, frontiersman Davey Crockett was the one to save him. With pacy, immediate writing and including supplemental archival photographs and archival materials, this book chronicles thrilling undertold stories of U.S. presidents' moments of bravery.

Title:Close Calls: How Eleven US Presidents Escaped from the Brink of Death
ISBN:9781547600236
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  • Darla

    This is a nonfic book for kids that will definitely be enjoyable for adults as well. Each chapter gives behind the scenes info one of our presidents and how they survived one or more attempts on their...

  • Ms. Yingling

    E ARC Provided by NetgalleyThere was a recent Jeopardy! champion who apparently got himself up to speed on many areas of knowledge by reading children's nonfiction books. This would have been an excel...

  • Alicia

    The eleven quick chapters share the stories of eleven of our presidents that escaped death- some before their presidency (usually while serving in the military) or as presidents usually from an assass...

  • Bonnie Grover

    Thank you Michael P. Sprawling for my copy of this book. It will have a great home on the nonfiction shelf in my classroom. This book is filled with near misses and moments of unbelievable bravery. I ...

  • Kate Waggoner

    Thank you to NetGalley and Bloomsbury USA Children’s Books for the review copy of Close Calls: How Eleven U.S. Presidents Escaped from the Brink of Death. This book will be released on January 7, 20...

  • Sally Kruger

    A few presidents have been assassinated, but did you know a number of others barely escaped death? Author Michael P. Spradlin has written about presidents who almost died before or while in office. Th...

  • JoLee

    In his new book, Michael P. Spradlin recounts for young readers the stories of how eleven U.S. presidents faced death and lived. Spradlin's book shares not only the close calls these men faced while ...

  • Lynndell

    Fascinating information about our country's past presidents!Thanks to NetGalley And Bloomsbury Publishing for the opportunity to read and review Close Calls by Michael P. Spradlin. A collection of sho...

  • Marisa

    Arc provided by the publisher for an honest review.I loved the topic of this quick 100pg middleGrade nonfiction book. That said, it felt like they were stretching to fill content in the earlier chapte...

  • Linda Wolfe

    Although the author wrote factually and with humor, I had to plod through this one. My main complaint is the layout. While reading about an assassination attempt the text will stop mid-sentence and a ...