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Children's LiteratureAlthough this is part of the "In Time of Need" series, it differs somewhat from most of the other books in the series. Their focus is on natural and manmade disasters and the effects on ordinary citizens and how their plight can be ameliorated by others, whether government workers, charities, or individuals working to assist in rescue and aid efforts. However, war is different from many such traumatic events and that affects the approach. The author does not attempt to offer a detailed history of war and most of the text and photographic illustrations are of modern-day wars. Many of the detailed sidebars quote men, women and children who have witnessed the horrors of war. Chapters covering an attempted definition of war, the dispute over the use of the terms "freedom fighter" and "terrorist" and the quest for peace as well as the clash of ideas, offer an overview of these subjects. A glossary and a listing of books and web sites for further study are included. 2005, Smart Apple Media, Ages 9 to 12.
—Carolyn Mott Ford