Gr 7 Up-Any discussion of Iraq must include a history of how Hussein rose to power, and how, in a country of diverse cultures, one man was able to hold onto the reins of power for more than 20 years. Certainly, no book about the man and the country would be complete without detailing the murky relationship the nation has had with the U.S. throughout the 20th century and into the 21st. Richie accomplishes both of these feats in this slim, readable volume. Full-color and black-and-white photos appear throughout. Even though the text closes with the U.N. Security Council vote to end trade sanctions (May 2003), this story is far from over and it is certain that the futures of the U.S. and Iraq will be inexplicably tied together for years to come.-Carol Foreman, Elbert School, CO Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.