Gr 6 Up-A thorough introduction to the history, religion, and culture of Afghanistan. The information is current, including a discussion of the Taliban and its repressive practices, as well as life in this country since the regime was ousted. The text explains how its geography has strongly influenced the country's development and its people, and also how many invaders have attempted to conquer this territory. Similar in coverage to Jeffrey Gritzner's Afghanistan (Chelsea, 2002), Corona's title is more in-depth, but is not as attractive. It lacks a good map and offers only black-and-white illustrations, compared to the color photographs in Gritzner's title.-Marion F. Gallivan, Gannon University, Erie, PA Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
Laurel Corona is a professor of humanities at San Diego City College and a longtime resident of Southern California. She is the author of The Four Seasons: A Novel of Vivaldi's Venice, along with numerous works of nonfiction.