This series examines some of the world's most critical contemporary social issues. Each book offers a historical background of the issue, leading up to its current and future impact on society. Also covered are efforts to combat the issue, including legislation and economic policy on a national and global level, as well as how economics, culture, and historical events affect each issue. Engaging text and color photographs present information realistically, leaving readers with a thorough, honest interpretation of each issue. Color photos and informative sidebars accompany easy-to-read, compelling text. Essential Issues is a series in Essential Library, an imprint of ABDO Publishing Company.