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Does the world really need another WWII hardship story? It appears that it does. Wars have existed for millennia and___ still persist. Too many wars and too much suffering have followed WWII. Worse yet, weapons of war keep getting more and more lethal. Weapons of mass destruction are able to destroy the entire earth and far beyond. Why can’t we understand that there are no winners in a war? Both “winners” and "losers" of war are hurt. Why can’t civilians, politicians, diplomats, and the military put an end to wars? Why do we so easily forget war's horrors? Young people (and I also was once a young person) are usually uninformed and disinterested in their history. Should they be disinterested in the future life of our planet? The future can be found in the past, meaning history counts.
Why is it that world peace organizations such as the League of Nations and the United Nations, are so ineffective in stopping military conflicts? Is it because war mongers get their way? Why haven’t we learned that repeating wars and expecting different results is the classic definition of insanity? What can each of us do to prevent future human suffering? What did we learn from WWII? How did WWII influence future events? How did those who were injured in the war cope after the war ended? These are some of the questions that crossed my mind while reading American Kid. This book is a great read; it is an informative and thought-provoking piece of history and literature.
(Lakonia) this narrative is full-blown, vivid and detailed account of of the Nazi cruelty experienced by Greeks during one of the most tumultuous times in Greek history. This book is particularly interesting because there are very few documented accounts of war-time events as experienced by a child. Ms Constant's writing style is a delightful blend of sentence fluency, compelling word choice and historical accuracy. As a high school English and History teacher, I would recommend this book as a welcome addition to any reading list.