Giveaway: WWI Participants

It’s that holiday time of the year.  For those of you who participated and want to enter the giveaway for a WWI book of their choosing from either Amazon or Book Depository, please leave a comment below.  There will be 2 winners.

The comment must include:

  1. How many books you read for the challenge.
  2. Whether you achieved your reading goal.
  3. Which of the books you read that were your favorite.

Deadline to enter is Dec. 31, 2012.

Thanks for joining us this year, and we hope you’ll join us again in 2013.

And the audio book winners are…

Julie P.



Congratulations and happy reading!

Audio Book Giveaways for Civil War Challenge Participants

Macmillan Audio is generously offering 3 audio books to participants in the U.S. Civil War Reading Challenge.  Here are the books up for grabs (click the links to access audio excerpts):

Killing Lincoln: The Shocking Assassination That Changed America by Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard

A riveting historical narrative of the heart-stopping events surrounding the assassination of Abraham Lincoln, and the first work of history from mega-bestselling author Bill O’Reilly

The anchor of The O’Reilly Factor recounts one of the most dramatic stories in American history—how one gunshot changed the country forever. In the spring of 1865, the bloody saga of America’s Civil War finally comes to an end after a series of increasingly harrowing battles. President Abraham Lincoln’s generous terms for Robert E. Lee’s surrender are devised to fulfill Lincoln’s dream of healing a divided nation, with the former Confederates allowed to reintegrate into American society. But one man and his band of murderous accomplices, perhaps reaching into the highest ranks of the U.S. government, are not appeased.

In the midst of the patriotic celebrations in Washington D.C., John Wilkes Booth—charismatic ladies’ man and impenitent racist—murders Abraham Lincoln at Ford’s Theatre. A furious manhunt ensues and Booth immediately becomes the country’s most wanted fugitive. Lafayette C. Baker, a smart but shifty New York detective and former Union spy, unravels the string of clues leading to Booth, while federal forces track his accomplices. The thrilling chase ends in a fiery shootout and a series of court-ordered executions—including that of the first woman ever executed by the U.S. government, Mary Surratt. Featuring some of history’s most remarkable figures, vivid detail, and page-turning action, Killing Lincoln is history that reads like a thriller.  (publisher’s summary)

Midnight Rising:  John Brown and the Raid That Started the Civil War by Tony Horwitz

Bestselling author Tony Horwitz tells the electrifying tale of the daring insurrection that put America on the path to bloody war

Plotted in secret, launched in the dark, John Brown’s raid on Harpers Ferry was a pivotal moment in U.S. history. But few Americans know the true story of the men and women who launched a desperate strike at the slaveholding South. Now, Midnight Rising portrays Brown’s uprising in vivid color, revealing a country on the brink of explosive conflict.

Brown, the descendant of New England Puritans, saw slavery as a sin against America’s founding principles. Unlike most abolitionists, he was willing to take up arms, and in 1859 he prepared for battle at a hideout in Maryland, joined by his teenage daughter, three of his sons, and a guerrilla band that included former slaves and a dashing spy. On October 17, the raiders seized Harpers Ferry, stunning the nation and prompting a counterattack led by Robert E. Lee. After Brown’s capture, his defiant eloquence galvanized the North and appalled the South, which considered Brown a terrorist. The raid also helped elect Abraham Lincoln, who later began to fulfill Brown’s dream with the Emancipation Proclamation, a measure he called “a John Brown raid, on a gigantic scale.”

Tony Horwitz’s riveting book travels antebellum America to deliver both a taut historical drama and a telling portrait of a nation divided—a time that still resonates in ours.  (publisher’s summary)

The Battle of the Crater by Newt Gingrich and William R. Forstchen

With The Battle of the Crater, New York Times bestselling authors Newt Gingrich and William R. Forstchen take readers to the center of a nearly forgotten Civil War confrontation, a battle that was filled with controversy and misinterpretation even before the attack began. Drawing on years of research, the authors weave a complex narrative interweaving the high aspirations of African American troops eager to prove themselves in battle and the anxiety of a President who knows the nation cannot bear another major defeat.

June 1864: the Civil War is now into its fourth year of bloody conflict with no end in sight. The armies of the North are stalled in fetid trenches outside of Richmond and Atlanta, and the reelection of Abraham Lincoln to a second term seems doomed to defeat—a defeat that will set off the call for an end to the conflict, dismembering the Union and continuing slavery.

Only one group of volunteers for the Union cause is still eager for battle. Nearly two hundred thousand men of color have swarmed the recruiting stations and are being mobilized into regiments known as the USCTs, the United States Colored Troops. General Ambrose Burnside, a hard luck commander out of favor with his superiors, is one of the few generals eager to bring a division of these new troops into his ranks. He has an ingenious plan to break Fort Pegram, the closest point on the Confederate line, defending Petersburg—the last defense of Richmond—by tunneling forward from the Union position beneath the fort to explode its defenses. Burnside needs the USCTs for one desperate rush that just might bring victory.

The risks are high. Will Burnside be allowed to proceed or will interference from on high doom his plan to failure? The battleground drama unfolds through the eyes of James Reilly—famed artist, correspondent, and friend of Lincoln, who has been employed by the president to be his eyes and ears amongst the men, sending back an honest account of the front. In so doing, he befriends Sergeant Major Garland White of the 28th USCT regiment, an escaped slave and minister preparing his comrades for a frontal assault that will either win the war, or result in their annihilation.

The Battle of the Crater is Gingrich and Forstchen’s most compelling fact-based work yet, presenting little known truths, long forgotten in the files of correspondence, and the actual court of inquiry held after the attack. The novel draws a new and controversial conclusion while providing a sharp, rousing and harshly realistic view of politics and combat during the darkest year of the Civil War. This must-read work rewrites our understanding of one of the great battles of the war, and the all but forgotten role played by one of the largest formations of African American troops in our nation’s history.  (publisher’s summary)

To enter:

*You must be participating in the U.S. Civil War Reading Challenge

*You must have a U.S. mailing address (the publisher is shipping the books)

*You must leave a comment with your e-mail address letting us know which book you’d like to win.  You can enter for all 3 books, but if your name is picked, you will only receive 1 of the titles.  You can rank them in order of preference if you choose.

This giveaway will end at 11:59 pm EST on Sunday, Oct. 9, 2011.

**Please note that this giveaway is now closed**

WWII Challenge Giveaway Winners!

Thanks to everyone who entered our post-challenge giveaway.  And the randomly chosen winners are…

Overachievers grand prize: Carol

Overachievers runner up: Cheryl

Finishers: Kaye, Kris, Heather

You Gave It Your Best Shot: Wisteria, Dar

Congratulations and happy reading!

Again, we’d like to thank all of the WWII challenge participants for making our very first reading challenge a huge success!

International 2009 WWII Reading Challenge Giveaways Revealed!

OK, we know the 2009 WWII Reading Challenge is long gone, but we’ve got some fun giveaways for all participants!  By the way, these are all open to anyone in the WWII Reading Challenge from anywhere in the world.

Check out these tiers and pick the one(s) that suits you best!

Overachievers giveaway:

Did you read up to or exceed your goal from the start of the challenge, reading 5+ books?  Check out this giveaway!

Finishers giveaway:

Did you officially complete the challenge by reading 5 books?  Check out this giveaway!

You Gave It Your Best Shot giveaway:

Did you read 1-4 books since the start of the WWII Reading Challenge?  This giveaway is for you!

Participants, on your mark, get set, GO ENTER!

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