by Charles F. Hohm, Lori Justine Jones, Shoon Lio

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This excellent anthology series presents both pro and con opinions on a variety of current issues. For example, Problems of Death examines whether suicide is immoral, whether society should condone physician-assisted suicide, whether abortion is ethical, and whether capital punishment is just, with between 4-6 brief article excerpts on each topic offering contrasting views. For instance, the executive director of the Hemlock Society urges the legalization of physician-assisted suicide; the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention weighs in against it. Other authors are newspaper reporters and professors. The introduction to the book sets out the issues, and chapter prefaces provide an overview of the opinions expressed in the essays. Each article is introduced with a brief summary and information about its author, along with questions to consider. Editorial cartoons provide other perspectives, and there are boxed quotes here and there. Periodical bibliographies at the end of each chapter are intended to supplement the views presented. Questions for discussion are offered at the end of the book, along with an annotated list of organizations to contact. The other books in the series have similar formats, exposing students to different sides of the various debates and promoting discussion and critical reading skills. Titles to come in 2001 include Endangered Species, Feminism, Gangs, Genetic Engineering, Islam, Police Brutality, Political Scandal, Race Relations, Russia, Teenage Sexuality, and Terminal Illness. (Opposing Viewpoints). KLIATT Codes: SA—Recommended for senior high school students, advanced students, and adults. 2000, Greenhaven Press, 224p, 99-056750, bibliog,indexes, 23 cm, $14.86. Ages 16 to adult. Reviewer: Paula Rohrlick; January 2001 (Vol. 35 No. 1)
School Library Journal
Gr 9 Up-Five major questions are addressed in this series entry: ``Is there a population problem?'' ``Is the world's population growing too fast?'' ``Is overpopulation responsible for hunger, poverty, and environmental problems?'' ``What are the effects of immigration in the United States?'' and ``What population policies should be pursued?'' The first question is dealt with from a historical perspective with essays and articles debating state involvement in population growth or control and the ability of science to solve the problem. Different sides of each question are examined with articles and essays by scholars, environmentalists, economists, journalists, scientists, sociologists, and spokespeople interested in the issues. Lists of periodical articles for further reading follow the diverse views presented. Political cartoons serve to drive home various points. Clear writing, further aided in many cases by charts and graphs, makes this an especially accessible volume for students doing research or preparing for debates. Appendixes include discussion ideas for each question presented, a list of organizations to contact, a bibliography, and a comprehensive index.-Dana McDougald, Cedar Shoals High School, Athens, GA

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Greenhaven Publishing
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Opposing Viewpoints Series
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5.92(w) x 8.48(h) x 0.51(d)
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15 - 17 Years

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