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Violence and the Family

Violence and the Family

by Gilda Berger

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School Library Journal - School Library Journal
Gr 7-12 --Berger chronicles an assortment of violent acts within the family and in the sports arena. The books are well documented and clearly written; commendably, they do not exploit the subject with illustrations, relying instead on comprehensive and intelligent writing. In Family, cases of family abuse are described, including their causes and history. Abuse of wives, children, and elders are thoroughly documented, although no mention is made of husband abuse--a statistical minority although not insignificant. Sexual issues are presented, reassuring victims that they are not responsible for abuse. The book offers preventative measures in almost every chapter, and in some cases, typical treatment. Sports discusses auto racing, baseball, basketball, boxing, wrestling, football, ice hockey, motorcycling, horse racing, soccer, and rugby. Violence among fans is presented in frightening detail with minimal solutions offered. Noticeably absent is the subject of violence in female sports except for a short excerpt about a basketball game. All in all the books present thoughtful presentations of a disturbing subject that Berger states is becoming a ``national trend.'' These books should be assets in any library. --Judie Porter, Media Services Center, Portsmouth School Department, RI

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