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Children's LiteraturePart of the "In American History" series, this edition gives an account of the 1991 armed conflict between Iraq and the United Nation's Coalition forces lead by the United States. Aimed at middle-school students, the text provides a rather one-sided description of the events that took place following Sadam Hussein invasion of Kuwait. Using a timeline approach and personal eye-witness accounts, the text describes the political and historical events that led to the initial attack on Iraq, the main military events that occurred between January and March of 1991 and the eventual cease-fire and return home of coalition forces. Black-and-white photos and maps and drawings add interest to the account. The story is written like an adventure meant to depict war as exciting and does not educate young people on the horrific social and fiscal costs to both sides of any armed conflict. While some ecological disasters are mentioned, the book's take on the conflict provides no opportunities for young people to use the information to discuss alternatives to war or to learn about people different from themselves. A timeline, bibliography and index are included. 2004, Enslow Publications, Ages 10 to 13.
—Meredith Kiger, Ph.D.