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Children's LiteratureSince the invasion of Afghanistan by primarily American forces in 2001, a series of compelling events has occurred. After a powerful air assault, American ground forces cooperated with the Afghan Northern Alliance to dethrone the ruling Taliban theocracy. An interim government was established and coalition forces worked to assist in the establishment of a more democratic order in this Central Asian nation. From that point until now, American forces have spearheaded these stabilization efforts. In this book, editor Jann Einfield presents opposing viewpoints regarding American efforts in this complicated process. Topics such as the emancipation of Afghan women, the controlling of warlords, and attempts to decrease drug trafficking are all presented. In each case, the specialists included in this anthology precisely delineate the ins and outs of these difficult subjects. In this manner, readers will come away with a clearer understanding of the complexities of Afghan society at a time when civil war continues and nation building persists. Carefully compiled, this book will serve well in either a classroom or in a school or public library. 2005, Thomson Gale, Ages 14 up.
—Greg M. Romaneck