ISIS: The Global Face of Terrorism

104p. bibliog. filmog. further reading. glossary. index. notes. photos. websites. Twenty-First Century. Nov. 2017. Tr $37.32. ISBN 9781512429985.
Gr 7 Up—A timely account of ISIS for high schoolers. Readers are given the nebulous history of the rise of ISIS from September 11th to the civil war in Syria, the Paris attacks of 2015, up to the present day. January highlights how ISIS has changed the way the world responds to terrorism. ISIS's recruitment of members and the global initiatives to stop terrorism are also detailed. Information on involved nations in the 20th century is less thorough. The role of Europe in destabilizing the Middle East after World War I, the Soviet war with Afghanistan in the 1990s, and the formation of the mujahideen are quickly covered. The Gulf War is not mentioned. The book contains stunning full-color photographs and maps on nearly every page to supplement the narrative. The reading level makes it a good fit for middle school students, but the nature of the content and the way it is presented makes it readable for upper grade levels as well. This title would be an ideal addition to a school library's reference collection and could be used by students for current event and research projects.
VERDICT A concise work for students tasked with a report or who are interested in global politics.

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