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Children's LiteratureDon't let the title fool you—although this is one of the "Visual Geography" series, there are plenty of words in this book, too. A detailed history of the country of Liberia is given, along with information a student working on a report may be looking for: the land, people, cultural life, and more. Readers will learn about the impact the civil war of the 1990s has had on life in Liberia. Americans who consider an electrical outage a temporary inconvenience may be surprised to read that the major dam supplying electricity to the city of Monrovia has been disabled for years. In addition, everything from schools and shops to the water supply in Liberia has been seriously altered by the war. Sidebars cover current-day economic advancements, like the introduction of cell phones in a country that has few working landlines. Other sidebar topics include the history of early settlers and African-Americans who returned to colonize Liberia. Along with the index, glossary, and related reading and web sites, are several pages of "fast facts" on Liberia, a time line, and other basic information. Unique to this series is a web link that provides updated information to the text; the web site is given throughout the book. 2006, Twenty-First Century Books, Ages 9 to 14.