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The War in Afghanistan (Cornerstones of Freedom Third Series)

by Jennifer Zeiger

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I had mixed feelings about this informational book. The set-up of the book was poorly done, which made reading comprehension more challenging. Pictures were scattered throughout the story, and while they had to do with the war or with Afghanistan in general they did not go along with the words in the main text of the page. For example, on the page describing the the life and career of Mullah Omar, there is a large picture of a crowd of men praying with the caption “Muslims pray five times each day”. While such information is relevant to the topic as a whole, its placement in a section about one specific man is confusing and distracting to a reader.
The information included in the story seemed un-biased, which was nice to read. Rather than beginning with who the Taliban are, the author included details about how the Taliban came to power and the role that the United States played in this rise because of the Cold War. Many historians, especially those writing towards children, leave out this crucial piece of information which creates a bias in many American minds. The novel is also clear to readers that it is not comprehensive, the final section heading is “The Fight Goes on” and notes that although the war may be officially over, troops are still stationed in the country and there is still fighting. The honesty in the book gave it more credibility.
The message of the story was: The war in the Afghanistan is very complicated and far from over. ( )
  elaine.shea | Apr 17, 2017 |
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Cornerstones of Freedom, Third Series—Bringing History to Life

Even before the first glorious ring of the Liberty Bell, America was a land of freedom and promise. Read about what makes our country and form of government so great that it has inspired people from all over the world to start life anew here, endure the economic and social upheavals, and defend the land and rights that are unique to the United States of America.

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Looks at the Afghanistan war following the September 11, 2001, terror attacks, including the battles, weapons, tactics, and people involved in the conflict.

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