I recently got a new book. Usually I get my book recommendations from various papers and magazines I subscribe to and with GoodReads, but this new book, I got off my TikTok feed. Because it was talking about books, I stopped and watched. I am only in chapter one and I am already writing a recommendation for it. How could I? Well because I can tell it will help thousands answer that pesky question Why? Why don’t other countries get involved? Why does the US always have to get involved? Why can’t those other nations help? The title of the book is Prisoners of Geography by Tim Marshall. I recommend it, it’s an easy read, and it will have you looking at maps. Most importantly it will help to answer the questions and comments people make about why? Chapter one alone will help people to understand the situation of Ukraine immensely. I do not recommend this book for those who know their history and geography as you may find the information to what you would think is common knowledge; and perhaps it would be if we would teach world history in our schools rather than a lopsided view of US history. This book should be used as a text in history.
The Cold War. Now this is a subject that if you have time and are somewhat interested in history you could look into. I suggest you start with the Forgotten War also known as the Korean War. Your investigation will take you from Asia, to Europe, and into Latin America. I will venture to say that many know of and are taught about the Europe, Russia, Cuba Cold War missile crisis. But I am not sure how aware people are of how the Cold War reached into Latin America and the effects it has on the US today. I do believe many have heard of the dictators that came into power in Latin America and how the US aided the country in stopping the dictator takeover, but the story that gets told over the media outlets and that we hear are not the whole story and are lopsided too. This investigation, if done, may help to answer the comments and questions as to why are “they” the immigrants coming to the US or at least shed some light into the matter.
If anything, by reading and investigating you will be able to explain to the askers of why.