Cause & Effect Modern Wars: Reviews

Cause & Effect: The Cold War: ISBN 978-1-68282-162-6 / eBook: 978-1-68282-163-3
Cause & Effect: The Korean War: ISBN 978-1-68282-164-0 / eBook: 978-1-68282-165-7
Cause & Effect: The Persian Gulf War: ISBN 978-1-68282-166-4 / eBook: 978-1-68282-167-1
Cause & Effect: The Vietnam War: ISBN 978-1-68282-168-8 / eBook: 978-1-68282-169-5
Cause & Effect: The War on Terror: ISBN 978-1-68282-170-1 / eBook: 978-1-68282-171-8
Cause & Effect: World War I: ISBN 978-1-68282-172-5 / eBook: 978-1-68282-173-2
Cause & Effect: World War II: ISBN 978-1-68282-174-9 / eBook: 978-1-68282-175-6
School Library Journal, November 2017

Gr 9 Up—Each title begins with an introduction to some fundamental aspect or cause of the war, such as oil in Persian Gulf War and the rise of post–World War II tensions in Cold War. A brief history of each conflict is followed by questions about its origins or outbreak, key battles, important political decisions or military strategies, and its impact and lasting effects. Throughout the series the writing is clear, the information presented is well documented, and the content and objective analyses are within mainstream historical scholarship. Series and individual titles about modern wars abound, but this set will assist readers and report writers in understanding the impact and continuing effects.
VERDICT: A strong consideration for teen readers.


Cause & Effect: The Cold War: ISBN 978-1-68282-162-6 / eBook: 978-1-68282-163-3
Cause & Effect: The Korean War: ISBN 978-1-68282-164-0 / eBook: 978-1-68282-165-7
Cause & Effect: The Persian Gulf War: ISBN 978-1-68282-166-4 / eBook: 978-1-68282-167-1
Cause & Effect: The Vietnam War: ISBN 978-1-68282-168-8 / eBook: 978-1-68282-169-5
Cause & Effect: The War on Terror: ISBN 978-1-68282-170-1 / eBook: 978-1-68282-171-8
Cause & Effect: World War I: ISBN 978-1-68282-172-5 / eBook: 978-1-68282-173-2
Cause & Effect: World War II: ISBN 978-1-68282-174-9 / eBook: 978-1-68282-175-6
School Library Connection, March/April 2018

Each of the titles in this series follows the same format. At the beginning of each chapter is a box containing three Focus Questions, which may be the most useful component of the entire book. These questions might not necessarily catch students’ eyes at first glance, but they will be very useful to teachers and librarians seeking inquiry-based topics for class discussion, debate, or further research. Aside from this feature, most of the rest of the volumes do not contain much more information than most libraries would already have in their print and electronic collections. These titles are available in both print and eBook formats, including a multi-user eBook edition that costs only $10 more than the single-use edition. Timeline. Index.
—Bernie Morrissey, Middle School Librarian, The Harker School, San Jose, California
Additional Selection


Cause & Effect: The War on Terror: ISBN 978-1-68282-170-1 / eBook: 978-1-68282-171-8
Booklist, October 1, 2017

This title, part of the Cause & Effect: Modern Wars series, gives students an even-handed history of the war on terror, explaining how it began and continues today, as well as American missteps along the way. Over the course of five chapters, most headed by focus questions, Nardo explains how the 9/11 attacks launched the international campaign to end violent terrorist acts, particularly by al-Qaeda, the Taliban, and ISIS. He helpfully provides historical context for why these organizations formed and how they gained influence, and he candidly addresses how U.S. interference in Iraq is likely to blame for the rise of ISIS. Illuminating quotes and thorough citations result in this being an effective resource on a complex topic that endeavors to promote critical thinking and create informed, engaged citizens.
—Julia Smith