School Library Journal - School Library JournalGr 4-9-This entry in the popular series is packed with facts and beautiful full-color illustrations. The history of Mesopotamia is presented along with maps, as well as crisp, well-chosen pictures of the countryside and terrain. Charts and diagrams are used throughout to capsulize and extend the lucid explanations. The importance of Islam to the people is covered in some depth, and a description of the day-to-day life of normal Iraqi citizens is followed by a profile of two children from Baghdad. However, while this is a readable, up-to-date resource for reports, it seems to be overly preoccupied with painting a negative picture of Saddam Hussein. Susan M. Hassig's Iraq (Benchmark, 1992) is more balanced and useful in its organization and presentation. Both books are valuable tools for research or discussions about Iraq and the Middle East.-Steve Matthews, Foxcroft School, Middleburg, VA
Describes the geography, history, culture, industry, and people of Iraq, formerly known as Mesopotamia.
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