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The Untold History of the United States: Young Readers Edition, 1945–1962

STONE, Oliver & . adapted by Eric S. Singer. 320p. chron. diag. index. maps. notes. photos. S. & S./Atheneum. Aug. 2018. Tr $19.99. ISBN 9781481421768.
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Gr 9 Up—Filmmaker Stone and American University history professor Kuznick cover the Cold War with a critical perspective in this fascinating look at the years 1945–62. The tone is set immediately in the opening chapters, as the effects of the atomic bomb are explored from a variety of angles. From the devastating and lingering effects on the people of Hiroshima and Bikini Atoll to the odd mix of reactions in the United States, teens are treated to a unique narrative. Riveting and inspiring portrayals of people who took a stand are featured to highlight lesser-known aspects of the established history. For instance, a group of U.S. mothers who refused to participate in mandatory atomic bomb drills in New York City and led protests, often accompanied by their children, which helped change the conversation around civil defense initiatives. Stone and Kuznick cover a wide variety of other topics: the Korean War, unrest in Iran, and the tumultuous relationship between Cuba, the United States, and the Soviet Union.
VERDICT Detailed, ambitious, and opinionated, this engaging narrative lays out a view of U.S. history often overlooked in standard texts and deserves a place on most library shelves.

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