Children's LiteratureFrom the conclusion of World War Two until the 1990's, a war of ideology was waged between the forces of western democracy and those of communism. This Cold War around the world touched billions of people. The Cold War involved espionage, political propaganda, occasional regional conflict, hundreds of billions of dollars, and fear. Over time, the forces of western democracy, led by the United States, emerged triumphant. Yet, in fighting the Cold War America was forced to confront its own intolerance and political agendas. Sirimarco offers younger readers an opportunity to better understand this fifty-year struggle for the hearts and minds of the world's people. In this illustrated volume from the "American Voices From" series the author combines her crisp text with numerous primary source documents. As in other books in this fine series, the approach works well. Readers are given the opportunity to gain background information about themes related to the Cold War and then have that knowledge amplified by first hand accounts. This mixture of analysis and historical raw materials affords readers an excellent vehicle for grasping a highly complicated set of events. In this manner Sirimarco has done well in her attempt to capture the spirit and facts of a period when the world stood literally on the brink of destruction. 2005, Benchmark Books, Ages 12 up.
Greg M. Romaneck