Eliot Ness
Eliot Ness

Series: Fact Or Fiction?   

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Annotation: Al Capone was the leader of one of the largest organized crime divisions in the country, and Eliot Ness was the Prohibition agent who dedicated his life to sending this high-ranking criminal to prison.
Genre: Biographies
Catalog Number: #103896
Format: Library Binding
No other formats available
Copyright Date: 2016
Edition Date: 2016
Pages: 32 pages
Availability: Available
ISBN: 1-612-28956-8
ISBN 13: 978-1-612-28956-4
Dewey: 921
LCCN: 2015010442
Dimensions: 24 cm.
Language: English
ALA Booklist
The Fact or Fiction? series looks at famous figures in history and asks readers to weigh documented facts against the myths often associated with them. In five brief chapters, each author presents the story known to most pically popularized through movies, television, and books fore stepping back to reexamine it against factual information gleaned from historic documents, period photos, and scholarly sources. Each book concludes with a "Fact or Fiction?" section that recaps the common misconceptions surrounding the historic figure in question. Eliot Ness shines a light on the man who helped put Al Capone in prison, and how he may not be the daring figure portrayed on the screen and in books. This is a nicely researched and engaging series that promotes critical thinking and evaluative skills in young readers. We can only hope to see women represented in future installments.
School Library Journal
GAGNE, Tammy . Robin Hood . ISBN 9781612289502 ; ISBN 9781612289519 . GAGNE, Tammy . Tuskegee Airmen . ISBN 9781612289663 ; ISBN 9781612289670 . LUSTED, Marcia . Buffalo Bill Cody . ISBN 9781612289601 ; ISBN 9781612289618 . MATTERN, Joanne . Audie Murphy . ISBN 9781612289540 ; ISBN 9781612289557 . MATTERN, Joanne . Wyatt Earp . ISBN 9781612289588 ; ISBN 9781612289595 . MILLS, Cliff . The Buffalo Soldiers . ISBN 9781612289700 ; ISBN 9781612289717 . MILLS, Cliff . Francis Marion (Swamp Fox) . ISBN 9781612289489 ; ISBN 9781612289496 . ea vol: 32p. (Fact or Fiction? How Much is Fact? How Much is Fiction?). further reading. glossary. index. photos. reprods. Mitchell Lane . 2015. lib. ed. $25.70. ebk. $25.70. Gr 48 While some of the titles here will hold greater interest for young readers than others, all take on the challenge of weighing legend against the historical record. Buffalo Bill Cody and Audie Murphy are especially rich in historical connections. The Buffalo Soldiers addresses significant historical misconceptions. Each of the books concludes with a chapter measuring perceptions about the subjects against reliable facts, though the presentation and format are inconsistent from volume to volume. Illustrations are numerous and varied, including contemporaneous photos, woodcuts, film stills, and excerpts from newspapers. VERDICT Above-average research materials and good introductions to historical analysis.
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Bibliography Index/Note: Includes bibliographical references (page 31) and index.
Reading Level: 4.0
Interest Level: 3-6

If you have heard the name Al Capone, chances are good that you know a thing or two about Eliot Ness as well. During the Prohibition era in the United States, this opposing pair played a dangerous game of cat and mouse. Capone was the leader of one of the largest organized crime divisions in the country. Ness was the Prohibition agent who dedicated his life to sending this high-ranking criminal to prison. Countless books, films, and even a comic book or two have told their story. But how much about Eliot Ness and his pursuit of Capone is actually true? This book examines the facts--and the fiction--surrounding these now-famous names and the many stories they have inspired.

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