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Steve Sheinkin

Award-winning author Steve Sheinkin began his career writing textbooks. He then chose to write the sort of fast-paced, captivating histories he couldn’t include in his previous writing. His book, Bomb: The Race to Build—and Steal—the World’s Most Dangerous Weapon, received the Newbery Honor and Sibert Medal and was a National Book Award finalist. 

The Adventures of Rabbi Harvey: a Graphic Novel of Jewish Wisdom and Wit in the Wild West
Jewish and American folklore are combined in this witty and original collection of comic Jewish folk tales creatively retold and set on the western frontier of the 1870s. Part wild west sheriff, part old world rabbi. After finishing school in New York, Rabbi Harvey traveled west in search of adventure and, hopefully, work as a rabbi. Like any good collection of Jewish folktales, these stories contain layers of humor and timeless wisdom that will entertain both adults and young readers.

Bomb: the Race to Build - and Steal - the World's Most Dangerous Weapon
Recounts the scientific discoveries that enabled atom splitting, the military intelligence operations that occurred in rival countries, and the work of brilliant scientists hidden at Los Alamos.

El Iluminado: a Graphic Novel
Features literary critic Ilan Stavans in the role of academic-become-investigator as he tries to seek the truth about Rolando and the secret documents that reveal the mysterious sect of crypto-Jews - whose lineage is traced back to the Inquisition, and who still live today, partially concealed, in the American Southwest.

Lincoln’s Grave Robbers
On October 20, 1875, Secret Service agents raid the Illinois workshop of master counterfeiter Benjamin Boyd and arrest him. Soon after Boyd is hauled off to prison, members of his counterfeiting ring gather and devise a plan to get Boyd back: steal Abraham Lincoln's body from its tomb, stash it in a secret location, and demand, as a ransom, the release of Boyd--and $200,000 in cash.

Most Dangerous: Daniel Ellsberg and the Secret History of the Vietnam War
The story of Daniel Ellsberg and his decision to steal and publish secret documents about America's involvement in the Vietnam War.

The Notorious Benedict Arnold: a True Story of Adventure, Heroism, and Treachery
Most people know that Benedict Arnold was America's first, most notorious traitor. Few know that he was also one of its greatest Revolutionary War heroes. Steve Sheinkin's accessible biography, The Notorious Benedict Arnold, introduces young readers to the real Arnold: reckless, heroic, and driven. Packed with first-person accounts, astonishing American Revolution battle scenes, and surprising twists, this is a gripping and true adventure tale from history.

The Port Chicago 50: Disaster, Mutiny, and the Fight for Civil Rights
Presents an account of the 1944 civil rights protest involving hundreds of African-American Navy servicemen who were unjustly charged with mutiny for refusing to work in unsafe conditions after the deadly Port Chicago explosion.

Two Miserable Presidents: Everything Your Schoolbooks Didn't Tell You about the Civil War
That Congressman, Preston Brooks, was ready to attack Senator Charles Sumner of Massachusetts over remarks Sumner made slamming senators who supported slavery in Kansas. Brooks lifted his cane to beat Sumner, and here the action in the book stops, so that Steve Sheinkin can explain just where this confrontation started. In the process, he unravels the complicated string of events – the small things, the personal ones, the big issues– that led to The Civil War. It is a time and a war that threatened America's very existence, revealed in the surprising true stories of the soldiers and statesmen who battled it out.

Which Way to the Wild West?: Everything Your Schoolbooks Didn't Tell You About America's Westward Expansion
Learn about the drama, discoveries, dirty deeds, and derring-do that helped win the American West.

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