The Arab-Israeli War Since 1948

The Arab-Israeli War Since 1948

by Alex Woolf
     
 

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Why has the Arab-Israeli War lasted so long, and been fought in so many different ways? Why is it of such global importance? And how has it affected people on both sides of the conflict? This book seeks to relate the overall events and chronology of the war and shows its impact on everyday lives.

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Why has the Arab-Israeli War lasted so long, and been fought in so many different ways? Why is it of such global importance? And how has it affected people on both sides of the conflict? This book seeks to relate the overall events and chronology of the war and shows its impact on everyday lives.

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School Library Journal
Gr 6–9—This set summarizes events in major conflicts using brief first-person accounts, sidebars, short biographies, color and archival photos, maps, and other graphics. While most of these wars are independent of one another, some do cover overlapping time periods and therefore these titles do duplicate information. The authors' presentations of these conflicts are balanced, with views from multiple perspectives. They don't shy away from the more gruesome and shameful events, such as the Holocaust, the My Lai massacre, and Abu Ghraib. There is also some coverage of antiwar movements and the lives of noncombatants. It is refreshing to find some wars that traditionally receive less coverage included in this series. These volumes should be useful for report writers and satisfying to curious readers.
Children's Literature - Greg M. Romaneck
Since the formation of Israel as a nation state following World War II, there has been constant tension and periodic warfare in this portion of the Middle East. In this volume of the illustrated "Living Through" series, readers are given a well written summary of the critical events that shaped what we now think of as the Arab-Israeli Wars. In this well researched and thoughtfully constructed book, younger readers will encounter some of the individuals, causes, and ongoing contradictions that make this international issue so seemingly unsolvable. As author Alex Woolf points out in this book, the seeds of war have been planted deeply in this region and are periodically watered by the blood of both sides. In terms of the narrative of this book, Woolf takes his audience back to the origins of the nation of Israel. Then, after providing this historical back-story, Woolf systematically walks his readers through the series of conflicts that have marred this region. Of particular interest are sections of the book that detail the social history of this conflict. Examples of this approach to historical writing are the sections dealing with the role of Palestinian women in the Intifada, the psychological effects of suicide bombers on the Israeli people, and the human cost of each military event. This book is a well developed and useful look at an area of the world that continues to be a significant hotspot. Reviewer: Greg M. Romaneck

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781432960049
Publisher:
Heinemann-Raintree
Publication date:
02/01/2012
Series:
Living Through... Series
Pages:
80
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.20(d)
Lexile:
1170L (what's this?)
Age Range:
12 - 16 Years

Meet the Author

Alex Woolf played the drums and travelled on his motorbike before settling down as an author. His "Chronosphere" trilogy, a science fiction adventure set in the 22nd century, is published by Scribo.

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