At Issue in History - The U.S. Attack on Afghanistan

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On October 7, 2001, the United States began bombing military targets in Afghanistan in response to the Taliban's refusal to hand over Osama bin Laden, the leader of the al Qaeda terrorist network that perpetrated the terrorist attacks of Setpember 11, 2001. Within months, the Taliban government was smashed and an interim government was in place, but its future was uncertain. This book chronicles the debate that preceded the war in Afghanistan, examines the nature of the war itself, and explores the ways in which the U.S. - led attack laid the groundwork for Afghanistan's future.

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"Because of the even-handed presentation, the title makes a strong and lasting impression. The writings are well chosen. A thoughtful and well-delineated addition."
-- School Library Journal (April 2003) (School Library Journal 20030401)

"This book will give students an understanding of a difficult time in American history."
-- School Library Journal (September 2002) (School Library Journal 20020901)

"This collection of primary-source material presents a well-balanced treatise on who knew what, and when, and who was responsible. This title deals with a debate that is seldom addressed."
-- School Library Journal (July 2002) (School Library Journal 20020701)

"As with books in the long-running Opposing Viewpoints series, the excerpts here clearly express opposing opinions on an issue...The effect of the entire volume is to create an informative, many-sided representation."
-- Booklist (May 2002) (Booklist 20020501)

"Although politically pointed, strong arguments from both views are well supported. Most helpful of all are the informative foreword and the chronology, which traces the history of Afghanistan from 300 B.C.E. to November 2004."
--Booklist, September 2004 (Booklist 20050901)

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Gr. 10-12. The At Issue in History series usually explores topics of the past (the Emancipation Proclamation, human medical trials, and Watergate), but this volume tackles a current conflict, albeit from a focus that centers primarily on events of 2001. Point-and-counterpoint essays and speeches, contributed by major political leaders such as Bush and Rumsfeld and by noted authors and historians, give balanced arguments for and against the attack prompted by 9/11. Each essay is subdivided into small, manageable sections for teen readers, and significant quotations are repeated in boxes. Although politically pointed, strong arguments from both views are well supported. Most helpful of all are the informative foreword and the chronology, which traces the history of Afghanistan from 300 B.C.E. to November 2004. A few grainy black-and-white photos illustrate. Roger Leslie
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