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Martin W. Sandler

Biography

Martin W. Sandler

Martin W. Sandler is the author of LINCOLN THROUGH THE LENS and THE DUST BOWL THROUGH THE LENS. He has won five Emmy Awards for his writing for television and is the author of more than 60 books, two of which have been nominated for the Pulitzer Prize. Among Sandler's other books are the six volumes in his award-winning Library of Congress American History Series for Young People, a series that has sold more than 500,000 copies. Other books by Mr. Sandler include: ISLAND OF HOPE: The Story of Ellis Island, TRAPPED IN ICE, THE STORY OF AMERICAN PHOTOGRAPHY, THE VAQUEROS, AMERICA: A Celebration, and THIS WAS AMERICA. Mr. Sandler has taught American history and American studies at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and at Smith College, and lives in Massachusetts.

Martin W. Sandler

Books by Martin W. Sandler

by Martin W. Sandler - History, Nonfiction, Young Adult 12+

For more than two hundred years, the wreck of the Whydah (and the riches that went down with it) eluded treasure seekers, until the ship was finally found in 1984 by marine archaeologists. The artifacts brought up from the ocean floor are priceless, both in value and in the picture they reveal of life in that much-mythologized era, changing much of what we know about pirates.

by Martin W. Sandler - Children's 10-14, Children's Nonfiction, History, Nonfiction, Prejudice , Racism, Social Issues

1919 was a world-shaking year. America was recovering from World War I and black soldiers returned to the violent racism and the Red Summer. The suffrage movement gained women the right to vote. Laborers took to the streets to protest working conditions; nationalistic fervor led to a communism scare; and temperance gained such traction that prohibition went into effect. Each of these movements reached a tipping point that year. 100 years later, these same social issues are more relevant than ever. 

by Martin W. Sandler - Adventure, Children's 10+, Nonfiction, Science
In 1957, when the USSR launched Sputnik I, the first man-made satellite to orbit Earth. The Space Race had begun, and the United States was losing. NASA’s mission to orbit Earth in Apollo 8 and test a lunar landing module was being planned for late-1968. But with four months to go and the module behind schedule, the CIA discovered that the USSR was preparing to send its own mission around the moon. Martin W. Sandler unfolds an incredible chapter in U.S. history: Apollo 8 wouldn’t just orbit Earth, it would take American astronauts to see the dark side of the moon.
by Martin W. Sandler - Children's, History

It was the tens of thousands of workers who, against all odds and working almost entirely by hand, built the great road. They labored for more than six years blasting the longest tunnels that had ever been constructed, building the highest bridges that had ever been created, battling enormous snow drifts and blistering heat. And when the nation was finally linked by two bands of steel, America was changed forever.

by Martin W. Sandler - Children's

In 1897, whaling in the Arctic waters off Alaska’s coast was as dangerous as it was lucrative. And in that particular year, winter blasted early, bringing storms and ice packs that caught eight American whale ships and three hundred sailors off guard. Their ships locked in ice, with no means of escape, the whalers had limited provisions on board, and little hope of surviving until warmer temperatures arrived many months later. Here is the incredible story of three men sent by President McKinley to rescue them.