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An American Soldier: Dreams of a Child

by:
Warren Reiten (Author)

ISBN: 0-7414-2809-1 ©2005
Price: $19.95
Book Size: 5.5'' x 8.5'' , 400 pages
Category/Subject: FICTION / Historical

This is a powerful story of a young slave boy seeking his right of passage through life. He had a dream of being a soldier; he became an officer and a gentleman.

Abstract:
During a time our nation was divided in a Civil War, slaves were escaping to the north for freedom. Meanwhile, a young slave boy had a dream. “I wonts to be a Union soldier, Ma. I wonts to fight to free you!”

After his parents were murdered by Confederate soldiers, Henry held on to that dream. This is a story of his right of passage and courageous development through life. Growing up as an orphan, Henry Washington became the first Black Army Officer. His battles went beyond fighting the Sioux Indians; he fought prejudices, personal tragedies, and injustices. This is Henry’s journey in becoming an officer and a gentleman…

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Customer Reviews

  History brought to life , 12/25/2005
Reviewer: Steve R. Smirnoff
A thouroughly enjoyable journey through one of America's unknown chapters. The novel grabs you in the first few pages and won't let go. A great read!

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  An American Soldier , 12/26/2005
Reviewer: Teri Tomlinson
This book is an excellent read. Buy this book today. And READ it.

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  Great Work , 03/18/2006
Reviewer: Kyle Stern
This book is a very good read from beginning to end. It has a story line that is easy to follow and is able to keep the readers attention. The author has definately done his homework and it shows in this story. It is an important part of American history that everybody should read about. It was an education for me. Good job Mr. Reiten.

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  An American Soldier: Dreams of a Child , 06/03/2006
Reviewer: HB
This is the greatest fictional account of the Civil War that I have ever read. I couldn't put it down. My emotions were so involved I cried at the end. I wanted more, when is book number two comming out Mr. Reiten?

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  , 07/06/2010
Reviewer: George W. Stavig
Mr. Reiten told a story that to me started out a little complex, but everything got tied in together and kept my attention throughout to the end. If a person enjoys reading about the civil war era, this is a book for them to read and enjoy a different perspective of this period of time in American history. Enjoyable book Mr. Reiten, I wish you much success with it.

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  a good review , 07/28/2010
Reviewer: joseph e. genovese
this is a really good book.

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  , 01/25/2011
Reviewer: Amy
From a woman's point of view it is a MUST read to understand your children. This is a story of HOPE through adversity. A great Read! The story caught my attention immediately and I counldn't put the book down!

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  American Soldier-Gripping,Relevant , 02/21/2011
Reviewer: Dave Waldron
A thought provoking and inspiring book by an authentic modern day warrior who knows of what he writes. The author weaves a facinating tale of a young boy traumatized by terrible violence visited upon his slave parents in the dead of night by Confederate troops. Orphaned, alone and against all odds, Henry Washington seeks to fulfill his boyhood promise to his mother and his dream to become a soldier in the Union Army. Drawing upon his own military experience, historical research and oral history gleaned from conversations with an aging Native American elder, Reiten vividly depicts the clash of indigenous tribal and immigrant cultures which was and remains part of the American Experience. Written in journalistic style, it is easy to imagine yourself listening in on conversations at Cavalry social gatherings, visualize the 10th Cavalry Buffalo Soldiers astride their sturdy Morgan mounts, hear the bugle charge, feel the desperation of siege and look upon the awful devastation of the aftermath. Sadly, Henry Washington's noble struggle to achieve his dream is fraught with racisim inside the Army and tainted by the ethnic cleansing carried out against native peoples by the Cavalry on orders from Washington In this respect, the experiences of Henry Washingion have been and are repeated for many young men today who seek to carve out a life for themselves in the military but end up waring against native tribal peoples abroad in other frontiers around the world. American Soldier is a captivating,absorbing and inspiring book. I highly recommend it to all readers and as a movie goer, would like to see it as a film.

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  Perfect for a movie , 02/23/2011
Reviewer: LeMar Thomas
An American Soldier is a great book thats easy to read. I love this story of adversity. Warren Reiten has given us a perfect reminder of how anyone can overcome obsticles, and posibly hit a home run with some of lifes curve balls. Henry Washington is a real American Hero. Perfect for a movie.

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  best book i ever read , 04/05/2011
Reviewer: Jeff Lundeby
American Soldier written by Warren Reiten. I read the book when i was on vacation, my kid were upset with me because i kept reading till i finished im a big fan of western books and movies and this book had my attention all the way through i look foreward to reading other books written by Warren.

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  American Exceptionalism , 04/05/2011
Reviewer: jerry g
This book provides an uplifting look a a 'can do' black man pursuing his own definition of American Exceptionalism. By tying 19th century settlement history with authentic Indian culture, military knowledge and civil war research, the writer ties your heart to Henry Washington; you experience his devastating loss, learning process, military triumphs and much more in a tale of exciting historical awareness.

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  Great reading , 09/05/2011
Reviewer: Eric
An excellant review of history in America through the Civil War, Indian Wars and the Wars In The West and the Mexican Revolution. It Kept my interests from page 1 to 401. It's a great historical fiction novel.

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  Top Shelf Reading , 07/11/2012
Reviewer: Frenchy LaJesse
Once you start reading this book, you wont want to put it down. You don't believe me? Then read it for yourself.

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  Double Your Money , 07/20/2012
Reviewer: Tom Hamilton
Not only did I find this read difficult to put down once I started, I had to read it twice. I got a lot more out of it the second time around. It's worth reading the third time even, which I would probably do later on this summer. I'm going to reccomend this book to all my friends. Very good book Warren. Tom

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  Interesting Read , 07/31/2012
Reviewer: Doug and Jacob
I have worked with the author and he was kind to let me read his book. I am a slow reader but I finished his book in a couple of days for it held my interest, Chapter by Chapter. When I was done, I provided affirmations and encouragement to finish is goal of writting a screenplay and hopefully it can be a movie. My son, age 11 , is a great reader and finished the book in a day. He also, supports the writer in making it into more then a book. Of course, we are hoping that if it comes a movie, we can audition for a role. :) Good luck on the journal.

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  Must read. , 01/17/2013
Reviewer: Davis
Good Read. Before this book I was mostly into Science Fiction! This book has opened a whole door to my likings of history. excellent read that I couldn't put down. I found myself up for hours at night when I only meant to read a little before bed. I would write some about the story, but rather let the future reader fall into the story that the author, Sir Reiten, phenomenally done. Look forward to seeing it come alive in the future on the television.

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  WOW! Can't put it down , 06/15/2013
Reviewer: Janice
What a great book. I could not put this book down, Mr. Reiten brings the characters to life. I cheered, laughed and cried through the book. Worth reading a second time, would love to see this as a movie. Well done, Warren!

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