Book Reviews

These two powerful books describe first-hand the process of how youngsters in Africa are being socialized to become violent, dangerous boy soldiers and the challenges of reclaiming these traumatized youth. The parallels with boys being recruited into violent youth gangs are strikingly apparent.

This volume revisits the roots of the re-education approach and considers its effectiveness in the field today. Editors Cantrell and Cantrell bring together a range of perspectives through a variety of contributing chapter authors.

In Last Child in the Woods, Richard Louv successfully articulates a condition that he, in only slightly tongue-in-cheek terms, refers to as “nature-deficit disorder,” highlighting the devastating effects of a lack of nature in the lives of both adults and children.