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Children's LiteratureThis book from the "American History by Decade" series explores the important events in the United States during the 1980s. The introduction, "A Time of Change," summarizes the political climate, the computer technology, and the AIDS epidemic. Chapter one, "The Cold War Ends," explains how the United States and the Soviet Union entered into the Cold War after World War II. The steps that Ronald Reagan and Mikhail Gorbachev took to end this conflict are described. Chapter two, "The Computer Revolution," details the developments that made computers inexpensive and practical for the average American to buy and learn to use, as well as how they revolutionized schools and businesses. Chapter three, "AIDS Appears," describes the discovery of the HIV virus and the public reaction to the disease. Chapter four, "Music Videos Change Society," explains the influence that this new medium of entertainment had on society. This book provides a brief but thorough look at the major events of the 1980s and how they influenced society. 2004, KidHaven Press, Ages 7 to 10.
—Amie Rose Rotruck