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Recounts the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait, the attempts to negotiate a settlement, and removal of the Iraqi army from Kuwait.
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Grade 4-6-- In five short chapters, this book presents a cursory overview of the recent war. The history of conflict in that region, the role of oil in international politics, the rise of Saddam Hussein, attempts at sanctions, and the war itself are summarized in dry and sometimes technical terms. The highlight is the chapter on the politics of oil, in which Bratman clearly demonstrates the consequences of the U. S.'s changing energy policy, and shows how power struggles within OPEC led to the trouble between Iraq and Kuwait. Issues of more immediate concern to young readers--such as the separation of families and the experiences both of soldiers and Middle Eastern children during the battle--are given very brief mention. There are no references to protests, the treatment of Arab-Americans, the management of the news media, civilian casualties, or any of the other problematic issues the war raised. Instead, the focus is on the events leading up to armed confrontation; the war itself is covered in a scant seven pages. Although the role of Islam and "traditional Islamic values" are mentioned several times, these and other terms are not adequately defined. Visually, the book relies on standard, if full-color, photos and maps; they are sometimes separated by a page or two from the relevant text. --Carolyn Polese, Gateway Community School, Arcata, CA
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Beautifully produced and illustrated, one variant of the US Department of State's view of the recent American war. Strongly biased against Iraq, it provides just enough historical background to seem complete (including a mention of Iraq's claims of Kuwaiti oil theft), but leaves out any hint of American machinations like the US ``tilt'' toward Iraq in its conflict with Iran. It also accepts uncritically the State Department's justification of going to war for oil. No mention is made of Bush's decision to let Saddam survive the revolts against him (by letting his tanks get away), of the major domestic policy debates, or of the bombing of civilian facilities in Iraq, believed to have caused the deaths of thousands of Iraqi children. Bratman also credits the Patriot missiles with great success, though later accounts have pointed out that they caused more damage than they prevented. This was out of date by the time it was printed. Wait for a more balanced report. Chronology; further reading; index. (Nonfiction. 11-15) -- Copyright ©1991, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.
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Book Description Millbrook Press, 1991. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M1878841610