VOYA - Barbara Jo McKeeWhen reporters at CNN broadcast live the bombing of Baghdad, those of us at home watched with terror and wondered what would come next. What came next was Operation Desert Storm, and this slim volume from the Voices from the Past series describes in detail what happened from beginning to end. Saddam Hussein, rather like an Adolf Hitler of our time, had a desire for power and he did everything he could to enhance that power. In 1958, he killed his brother-in-law, and in 1963 he became an interrogator and torturer at the main political detention facility. In 1970, he was second in command to the president, and in 1979 he became president. Soon he was in debt and owed about thirty-two billion to Kuwait. The U. S. feared he would invade, but Hussein said he would not. Of course he did, and the United Nations gave him forty-five days to withdraw. When he did not, the war began. Several things were new in this war-the F-117A Stealth fighters, the Tomahawk Cruise Missile; "smart bombs," and the use of women fighting right beside the men in crucial and dangerous tasks. The elite Republican Guard of Hussein were torn apart and Kuwait was once again free. The war was over, but the problems are still there, and Hussein has been a threat several more times since then. This book has many quotes from people involved in every aspect of the war which make it even more vivid. Included is a list of books and videos for further reference. This will be very useful at the middle school level, but high school students who are reluctant readers or who want a concise version of the war will also find this useful. Index. Photos. Maps. Source Notes. Further Reading. Chronology. VOYA Codes: 4Q 2P M J S (Better than most, marred only by occasional lapses, For the YA with a special interest in the subject, Middle School-defined as grades 6 to 8, Junior High-defined as grades 7 to 9 and Senior High-defined as grades 10 to 12).
School Library JournalGr 5-8-A clearly written, objective overview of the military conflict that examines its causes, events, and outcomes. Iraq's historical background and strategic location for upheaval and strife are discussed, while Saddam Hussein is profiled as a despotic ruler who bullied, tortured, and killed his way into power. President Bush's efforts at building the Allied coalition are covered as well as the United Nation's role in condemning Iraq and imposing sanctions. The Allies' skillful use of high technology in the air is detailed, as are Iraq's hapless bombing attempts and the ground fighting in Kuwait and Iraq. First-person quotes from television reporters, journalists, political leaders, military correspondents, pilots, and ground soldiers add immediacy to the text. A map of the conflict and small full-color and black-and-white photos further enhance the presentation. Source notes and a list of books and videos for further research are included. John King's The Gulf War (Dillon, 1991) is livelier and has a more readable format, but lacks information about the U.S. Congressional debates concerning the conflict and the role of American military women in the war, which the Gays address. For general readers and reports.-Judith L. Miller, formerly at Indianapolis-Marion County Public Library, IN
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