Close Calls : How Eleven US Presidents Escaped from the Brink of Death
Author(s): Michael P. Spradlin
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.
"Through nonfiction that reads like thrilling adventure tales, Spradlin engages young readers in the lives of the nation's commanders-in-chief. …a wonderfully entertaining, richly informative read." - Shelf Awareness, starred review
"Spradlin’s engaging accounts are concise and provide some historical context without overwhelming the narrative." - School Library Journal
"The quick chapters, snarky humor, and thrilling topic should be catnip for biography fans." - BCCB