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War -- What is it good for?

War affects everybody. Read one of these nonfiction books that explore how war effects people, both those fighting and those living through it.


The story of my life : an Afghan girl on the other side of the sky
The story of my life : an Afghan girl on the other side of the sky

At age eighteen, Farah Ahmedi hasn't lived long enough to accomplish much, except to survive a childhood spent in war-torn, landmine-ridden Afghanistan.


Come back to Afghanistan : a California teenager's story
Come back to Afghanistan : a California teenager's story

Said Hyder Akbar skipped the prom and took his finals early to return home and help rebuild Afghanistan. He gives firsthand accounts of drug deals and tortured prisoners, and he even tours Osama Bin Laden's house.


Hitler Youth : growing up in Hitler's shadow
Hitler Youth : growing up in Hitler's shadow

The story of a generation of German young people who devoted all their energy to the Hitler Youth and the propaganda that gave Hitler his power, and the youths that resisted the Nazi movement.


A long way gone : memoirs of a boy soldier
A long way gone : memoirs of a boy soldier

Kill or be killed. That was the choice the national army gave to Ishmael Beah during Sierra Leone's civil war in the 1990's. Armed with an AK-47 and high on drugs, Beah was a boy soldier, responsible for the slaughter of innocent civilians.


The 9/11 report : a graphic adaptation
The 9/11 report : a graphic adaptation

The terrorist attack on September 11th, the events that led up to it and recommendations for how to respond are portrayed in this graphic nonfiction title, directly based upon the original 9/11 Commission Report.