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Subject: Learn more about Landmark books ~ Great History Resource for Homeschoolers.
Date Posted: 2/11/2008 11:52 PM ET
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Book Taken. But there are some links posted below to help you learn more about Landmark books. Wonderful history resource for homeschoolers. If you use the "Tag Cloud" check out the  "Landmark Series"  tag - you can find some Landmark books.

 Landmark Book " The Seabees of World War II" published 1963.C Hardback.

"Any pre-adolescent who has not feasted on them (Landmark Books) has been cheated" - Dr. Henry Graff , Associate Professor of History, Columbia University, in the New York Times. Taken from the back of the book cover of this book.

From the inside of the bookcover :

During WW II the US Navy's Construction Battalions- better known as the Seabees- ranged far and wide, building the bases, airfields, docks, bridges and other installations that contributed to the final Allied victory.

This book tells how the Bobcats, the first unit sent overseas struggled against unimaginable odds to build a fueling station at faraway Borabora.

Here is the stirring story of the men whose ingenuity, bravery, perserance earned them their famous "can do" reputation. Illustrated with more than 60 official U.S. Navy photographs.



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Date Posted: 2/12/2008 7:17 AM ET
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Thanks, Sherry.  I snagged it for an end-of-year gift.  I'm teaching a WWII course at a co-op this year, so I'm collecting some appropriate books to give my students. 

 



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Date Posted: 2/12/2008 2:35 PM ET
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These are great "living" history books. I have a small collection of them and my son told me he wants them for his kids and not not post them here, LOL! He knows me too well.

Date Posted: 2/13/2008 1:33 AM ET
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Hi Adrianne and Nina,

Thanks for ordering the Landmark book, Adrianne.  I'm glad it's going to someone like you that will be giving it to a child studying WWII. I think they'll really enjoy reading it after studying WWII first.

Nina, I agree that Landmark books are great "living" history books. I have several more that I don't know if I will ever post. My kids might get too attached to them.

My 12 year old has book collections that she has told me to stay away from too. LOL .  She was  horrified when she saw me looking through a pile of "Clifford the Big Red Dog" books. She has not read these in years but is attached to them. She wants to save them for her newborn niece, our new grandbaby. I don't dare even consider listing her Nancy Drew books.

This site has been a hugh blessing to us.

I have been ordering books for several family members.

Sherry



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Date Posted: 2/13/2008 10:37 AM ET
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I know, I know... My kids get a pained look on their faces when I start going through books. I just don't have room to keep every book.

Date Posted: 2/13/2008 11:37 AM ET
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My husband loves having a mission, especially when he traveled on business.  Back in the early 90s I gave him a list of all the Landmark books and said, "Go forth and hunt."  By 1998 he had found all but two titles at very reasonable prices.  The last title he purchased in 2000 on ebay for more than he wanted to pay, but less than the previous 2 copies!  While not every book in the series if fabulous, most are written by expert writers intimately acquainted with the topic.  There are certainly worth keeping on the bookshelf.  I still snap up inexpensive copies at booksales and thrift stores so I can place them in a good home.  I feel like an adoption worker!

The authors of the WWII Landmarks are of the highest caliber.  Some of their books are required reading for various military courses to which my husband has been assigned. 

That quote you used, Sherry, about children being cheated if they haven't feasted on these books is quite true.  Many times my boys (now 18 and 15) have contributed to conversations or discussions because they had the background knowledge from Landmark books.  One of the weird titles is The Mississippi Bubble; if explains about land speculation and other economic pressures that make the newspapers articles concerning the subprime mortage problem a cinch to understand.  There is nothing new under the sun!

Adrianne, The Opal Lady

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Adrianne,

You are very articulate. I really enjoy reading your posts. Are you a published writer ?

Sherry

Date Posted: 2/13/2008 2:21 PM ET
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For those that may be interested in learning  more about Landmark books - there is a guide titled

"World Landmark Books : A Homeschoolers Guide". By Karen J. Thiessen

The guide includes a synopis of each book listed - a summeration of the main points of the book, as well as some interesting details. http://www.christianbook.com/Christian/Books/product?item_no=957852&netp_id=355518&event=ESRCN&item_code=WW&view=details

Here's a link to a site you can see a few Landmark books listed.....

http://www.readingwell.com/landmark.html           Look  for  them here at Paperbackswap.com .  I've found some  here.

http://bibliomania.net/Landmarks.htm#landmark

Date Posted: 2/13/2008 2:36 PM ET
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Adrianne,

When we did WWII in our co-op we did a drive for a cause, at the time it was Tsunami relief. We did a scrap metal drive, someone got free pizzas from someone and people gave donations for those, someone made soup, etc.  We would get excited each week about our drive. It really brought to life the war bond efforts and scrap metal drives.  Hope you enjoy doing the unit. I really did.

I'm new here and didn't know whether to PM this to someone I didn't know. Is it okay to pm people or should you just PM buddies.

Thanks,

Nancy

 

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Nancy,

I think it's fine to p.m. anyone, not just buddies.

 

Sherry

Date Posted: 2/13/2008 5:33 PM ET
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Adrianne,

I find what you said about Landmark books to be very interesting

"The authors of the WWII Landmarks are of the highest caliber.  Some of their books are required reading for various military courses to which my husband has been assigned."

I had no idea some of the Landmark books were being used in military courses. That's very interesting to hear. 

 Correction - I see below  you said some of the authors of Landmark books have written required reading for some military courses - but  the Landmark books they wrote are not the required reading.

Sherry 



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The one titled "Up the Trail from Texas" is written by none other than Frank Dobie, an icon in western literature. I do have a few left to get and since my children may fight over the collection once I'm gone, I may need to start a second collection, LOL!

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I just saw the dust cover for "Up the Trail From Texas" on amazon. It's a really great illustration.  I would put it on my wish list  here at pbs but it's not possible to yet. I'll try to remember to try again later.

http://www.amazon.com/Up-Trail-Texas-Landmark-Books/dp/B000BRNDQA/ref=pd_bbs_sr_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1202957618&sr=8-1

Do  you know if there is a guide book written about Landmarks that are not on the World Landmark list ? There is a guide for Homeschoolers I mentioned above but only for World Landmarks, not the others.

Also, to those of you that are interested in Landmark books, quite a few have been republished and can be found at cbd.com    I like to look to see what is in print to get titles to look for, and then check for them here.

I have just recently began to read and collect  Landmark books.

Sherry

Date Posted: 2/13/2008 10:19 PM ET
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  Nina, I know what you mean about the kids fighting over who gets which Landmark.  We have two copies of most of the military-related ones.  After that, the boys will have to alternate choices.  We have two sets of Happy Hollisters to mitigate that problem.

  I could relate something interesting about most of the Landmark authors.  Random House contracted with these men and women for the expertise they had in each area.  The book on Sun Yat-sen is by Pearl S. Buck.  Bruce Bliven, Jr., was on the beach on D-Day.  I just looked him up online to read his obituary in the NY Times online edition dated TODAY!  C.S. Forester wrote the popular one on the Barbary pirates.  Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo by Ted Lawson is an abridgement for younger readers of his best seller recounting the Doolittle Raid and his time in China after crash landing his bomber.  This is riveting reading! 

  Because of the variety of experiences these writers have, the books are hard to pin down for any particular age group.  Some are fine for 1st graders while others are complex enough to use for jr. high students.   For example, the one on the Pharoahs of Egypt bounces between the time periods of the pharoahs and when Napoleon's army was digging up the antiquties.  This was hard for young students to follow; this device is great for older elementary age students, but confusing when I tried to read it to a 1st grade son!  After reading it again when the boys were older, they went, "Wow, that really makes sense now.  What did we find so hard last time?"  Each Landmark packs the information in a fairly short (less than 200 page) book, making it ideal for the older student to reap much knowledge with little investment of time.  I do feel that each one of these books teaches as much as any adult actually needs to know on a subject.  Of course, one may seek to know more about a topic that is compelling, but the Landmarks set the bar for cultural literacy.

  Sherry, I've only been published in church newsletters!  After your post about my being a writer, I found heaps of typos in my post.  My fingers often have a mind of their own while I think my own mind is sending clear signals!  My husband is retired USAF and attended several military schools in the course of his career.  I remember that he was assigned books by C.S. Forester and some of the Civil War Landmark authors as  part of his coursework, but the books were not the Landmarks.  This sharply illustrates the quality of writers Random House used for these books.   Nancy, I have done a bit of the drive thing, but you really nailed it by making your scrap metal drive for tsunami relief!  My class is using Dupuy's Military History of WWII as the basis for a year-long study.  I have a few connections with WWII vets and a military historian in our area (Joe Balkoski-D-Day expert plagarized extensively by Stephen Ambrose) to broaden our knowledge.  One reservist nearby has an entire infantry museum in his basement.  Need to see a mess kit or rifle?  He has it!  Boy, have I enjoyed teaching this co-op class this year!  If anyone wants more info, I'll PM them rather than proclaim from my soapbox.  Sorry for the extreme length; this is my longest post ever!

The Opal Lady

 



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Adrianne, If I lived near you, I would want to attend your WWII class myself.

I have enjoyed some of the classes I have enrolled my children in (when the parents were required to also "attend") more than my children did.

Sherry

Date Posted: 2/14/2008 10:53 AM ET
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I also have a whole shelf full of Landmark books.  My boys like them.  I bought some dj covers and was putting them on the other night.   My wonderful husband.... takes a look and says are these good ones?  My oldest standing there exclaimed, yeah!   Those are Landmarks.... mom is collecting them.  My poor husband who doesn't understand my book obsession looked a bit dazed.  LOL. 

In going through them I found a few duplicates that I was going to try to sell.... hmmm maybe I should save them.  Nothing especially rare so don't get excited. 

 

 

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 Momn4boys, Are you teasing us with your Landmark books ? LOL

"In going through them I found a few duplicates that I was going to try to sell.... hmmm maybe I should save them.  Nothing especially rare so don't get excited. "

Now I AM excited.   Please be sure to p.m. me and let me know if you decide to post some Landmarks.

But I know how you feel about not being quite able to post or sell some of your books. My daughter thinks it is ridiculous that I have several bookshelves of books that I cannot bring myself to part with.

Sherry

Date Posted: 2/14/2008 9:48 PM ET
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Now ladies, we all know one of the main reasons we home school is to get that little card that says the following:

LICENCE TO BUY BOOKS

 

The Opal Lady



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"Now ladies, we all know one of the main reasons we home school is to get that little card that says the following:

LICENCE TO BUY BOOKS"  (Adrianne H.) The Opal Lady

 

Yes, it is.  I've had that license for years but have tended to over use it at times. It is so much fun to trade the books I won't be using for others we want here at pbs.com     It sure saves money and it's less time consuming than selling them ,too.

 

Sherry

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And the great thing about the licence is that you indoctrinate your children! (insert maniacal laughter here)