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Children's LiteratureThe war between Israelis and Arabs has been an ongoing for over fifty years. First established by the United Nations in 1948, the state of Israel has been challenged by its Arab neighbors from that moment on. Likewise, Palestinians who also lay claim to the land that encompasses Israel have also have been in a state of continuous warfare and occupation for the duration of this time span. Periodic wars have occurred and ongoing terrorism and guerilla war have peppered the region. In The Arab-Israeli War readers are provided a textbook recounting of the major happenings in a confrontation that has no foreseeable end. Woolf does a fine job of factually retelling a story of rival peoples who share so many commonalties, but who also appear unable to rectify their differences. In the end, as the author of this excellent book pinpoints, it is essential to world peace that a solution to this troubled circumstance be found. In this illustrated work readers will be afforded an opportunity to see the conflict in a sequential and thoughtful manner. Of particular value are the many colorful maps that demonstrate the pathways of settlement, warfare and proposed solutions to the mutual hatred. Indeed, as part of the "Atlas of Conflicts" series this book is partially designed to serve as a historical atlas. Through the combination of clear writing and useful visuals this book will help young readers understand a conflict that has global implications. 2005, World Almanac Library, Ages 12 up.
—Greg M. Romaneck