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Children's LiteratureThe Second World War was one of the signal events in modern history. In a span of approximately six years, over fifty million people worldwide lost their lives in a conflict that pitted extreme forces of human nature. In this title in the "Opposing Viewpoints in World History" series, readers are presented with differing perspectives concerning a few controversial topics linked to this massive war. Readers of this anthology will be treated to a fascinating series of essays and writings prepared by both primary source participants and post-war experts. In perusing the pages of this informative work, certain key questions about the way the opposing sides behaved during the war are presented. For example, in a section dealing with the internment of Japanese-Americans during the war, writers touch upon the moral, ethical, and legal issues that shaped the American policy at the time. In a similar manner, subjects such as who was responsible for the Pearl Harbor disaster, the morality of using nuclear weapons, and the global ethics of total war on both sides are also discussed. Through tackling these less than clear issues, the editor of this well-crafted book has created a resource document that can amplify youngsters' understanding of World War II and the manner in which it evolved. 2005, Thomson Gale, Ages 14 up.
—Greg M. Romaneck