From School Library Journal
John Peters, New York Public Library
Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.
Gr. 6-12. These informative biographies from the History's Villains series offer readers good overviews of the lives of two notorious men, including the personal and historical developments that prompted them to follow paths of ruthless violence. The biography of Osama bin Laden begins with his youth and goes on to discusses his wealthy family, education, immersion in the study of Islam, and the many factors that led him to militancy, terrorism, and his leadership of al-Qaeda, ending with bin Laden, as of June 2003, still at large. The profile of the late North Korean dictator Kim Il Sung traces his early years, his rise to power as the brutal first leader of North Korea, and the disastrous war he waged against South Korea in his ill-fated attempt to unify the peninsula. Both books feature black-and-white photographs with informative captions. Appendixes include a chronology, a glossary, source notes, and suggestions for further research. Clearly written and well organized, these will serve as good introductions to their respective subjects. Ed Sullivan
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