Page 177. " Vietnam, Korea, the straits of Taiwan, the Middle East, and now Afghanistan "


A US Riverboat using napalm in the Vietnam War
Public DomainA US Riverboat using napalm in the Vietnam War - Credit: U.S. Naval War College Museum

British soldiers in the Gulf War
Public DomainBritish soldiers in the Gulf War - Credit: United States Army Center of Military History
The Vietnam War was fought between America and Vietnam (with fighting also in Cambodia and Laos) between 1955 and 1975, in an American attempt to contain the perceived threat of spreading communism.


The Korean War, 1950-53, was a result of the division of Korea into North and South at the end of World War II. North Korea, supported by China, invaded South Korea, who were assisted by the USA in repelling the invasion.

America was involved in the crises of the Straits of Taiwan, conflicts which took place between China and Taiwan in 1954-55, 1958 and 1995-6, over Taiwan’s political status as part of the Republic of China or an independent country.


The Gulf War, the first war between America (and UN forces) and Iraq between 1990 and 1991, resulted from Iraq's invasion of Kuwait, and preceded the second invasion of Iraq in 2003.


America invaded Afghanistan as a direct response to the 9/11 attack – part of the USA’s ‘War on Terror’ (see bookmark for p.106).

Page 187. " I was walking with Erica through Union Square "

Union Square, New York
GNU Free Documentation LicenseUnion Square, New York - Credit: chensiyuan
 Union Square is a New York park, located at the intersection of Broadway and Bowery Street. It was first built in 1882, and has been used as a market square and park ever since. Regular markets are still held, and the square is famed for its statue of George Washington and Temperance Fountain.

Page 191. " I rode to JFK "

John F. Kennedy, the president for whom the airport is named
Public DomainJohn F. Kennedy, the president for whom the airport is named - Credit: Cecil Stoughton, White House
The John F. Kennedy International Airport (known as JFK) is New York's main airport, located around 12 miles southeast of Manhattan, on Long Island. It is America’s busiest airport and was named for John F. Kennedy, the assassinated president of the United States who died in 1963.

Page 191. " The Pearl Continental, you say? "

The Pearl Continental is a chain of upmarket hotels in Pakistan, one of which is in Lahore.

Page 193. " others have made their way to Mall Road "

The Sacred Heart Cathedral, Lahore
Public DomainThe Sacred Heart Cathedral, Lahore - Credit: Kasim 39
The Mall Road is one of Lahore’s main and most famous roads. It is lined with important and famous buildings, many of them excellent examples of Mughal architecture, including the Lahore Museum and the Sacred Heart Cathedral.

Page 194. " familiar with The Legend of Sleepy Hollow? "

Ichabod chased by the Headless Horseman
Public DomainIchabod chased by the Headless Horseman - Credit: F.O.C. Darley
 The Legend of Sleepy Hollow is a short story by Washington Irving, published in 1820. It is set in 1790 in the Dutch settlement of Tarry Town, and tells the story of Ichabod Crane, a superstitious schoolmaster, who is chased out of town by the Headless Horseman. The story is based on a German fairytale. Several film and stage adaptations have been made, the most notable of which is the 1999 Tim Burton version.

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