The Iraq War: A Controversial War in Perspective

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On March 21, 2003, the United States attacked Iraq in hopes of finding weapons of mass destruction and eliminating Iraq's leader, Saddam Hussein. Saddam was quickly overthrown, but the weapons turned out not to exist. As of early 2010, more than four thousand U.S. soldiers had been killed, as well an estimated hundred thousand Iraqis. Author Mara Miller explains the course of this long, controversial conflict and looks at efforts to bring it to an end.

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Overview

On March 21, 2003, the United States attacked Iraq in hopes of finding weapons of mass destruction and eliminating Iraq's leader, Saddam Hussein. Saddam was quickly overthrown, but the weapons turned out not to exist. As of early 2010, more than four thousand U.S. soldiers had been killed, as well an estimated hundred thousand Iraqis. Author Mara Miller explains the course of this long, controversial conflict and looks at efforts to bring it to an end.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Greg M. Romaneck
In March of 2003 the United States launched an attack on the nation of Iraq. This preemptive military strike occurred after a period of accusation and negotiation centering on the premise that Iraq possessed weapons of mass destruction and was on the verge of using or distributing them. After seven years of prolonged combat and great bloodshed, those weapons of mass destruction have not been found. Over that same time period over 30,000 American military personnel became casualties in this conflict. In addition, estimates of the number of Iraqi deaths in the war range as high as 100,000. While this conflict is ongoing, its impacts are worthy of study not only for historical reasons but also as an object lesson on how the decision to go to war affects society. In The Iraq War: a Controversial War in Perspective, Miller presents the course of events that made up this controversial conflict. In studying the war, Miller provides readers an even-handed and straightforward account of the many political, military, and cultural aspects that continue to make this war so complex. For example, Miller does a fine job of detailing the religious fissures that are part of Iraqi society, the underestimates of the necessary human and material resources that American war planners made, and the human cost of a war that devolved into a bloody internecine fight. This is a fine work of contemporary events and history and one that younger readers will find thought provoking. Reviewer: Greg M. Romaneck
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780766034884
  • Publisher: Enslow Publishers, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 10/1/2010
  • Series: Issues in Focus Today Series
  • Pages: 128
  • Age range: 12 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.58 (w) x 9.64 (h) x 0.48 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments 6

Chapter 1 The War Begins 7

Chapter 2 The Road to War 23

Chapter 3 Things Begin to Fall Apart 36

Chapter 4 Living in Iraq 47

Chapter 5 Soldiers and Sacrifice 57

Chapter 6 The Politics of Iraq 71

Chapter 7 A Change in Strategy 83

Chapter 8 What Next? 96

Timeline 103

Chapter Notes 106

Glossary 121

Further Reading 124

Internet Addresses 125

Index 126

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