"Featuring extrarodinary people throughout history, this series presents information in an easy-to-read, well-organized format." —Library Media Connection
- Annie Laura Smith
This is the story of Alexander the Great's incredible journey across the known world and his extraordinary legacy as a founder of cities, a soldier, and a king. His life is explored in the four sections: The Boy from Macedon; The Young King; Conquering the World; and the End of the World. The contents page defines the information in each chapter. Color photographs and other illustrations complement the text. Sidebars and maps provide relevant data in each chapter. These visuals and data greatly enhance the readability and subsequent comprehension of each respective topic. Dates at the bottom of some pages provide a timeline to depict key events. The scrapbook-style layout will increase the interest of young readers. A glossary defines relevant historical terms in the text. The bibliography includes websites for further information. An index allows easy navigation through the text. The acknowledgements page credit the illustration sources. This book is part of the "National Geographic World History Biographies" series. Reviewer: Annie Laura Smith
School Library Journal
Gr 5-7-These handsomely designed books present the lives and accomplishments of powerful leaders of the ancient world. Each one begins with a description of the world in which these figures lived. Family life, education, and early experiences are summarized briefly-much of it surmised from historical records. Both volumes are illustrated with maps and many color photographs of art and sculpture that give substance to eras long past. A simple time line runs along the bottom of each page. Small, informative sidebars decorate most pages while several illustrated boxes add substance. Adams does not downplay Alexander's brutality or all-consuming ambition and includes examples of both. Peter Chrisp's Alexander the Great (DK, 2000) is a heavily illustrated work that reveals more details of the techniques Alexander employed in planning campaigns and battle strategy. Hatshepsut brought one unique quality to the office-her gender. This female who declared herself king ruled one of the most powerful nations in the world for over 20 years. The few facts known about her life and reign are woven into Galford's interesting account. Catherine M. Andronik's Hatshepsut, His Majesty, Herself (S & S, 2001) offers more colorful illustrations and pronunciation guides. As in Miriam Greenblatt's Hatshepsut and Ancient Egypt (Benchmark, 1999), general details of the everyday lives of Egyptians, particularly royalty, are used to complete the picture. Libraries owning either of those titles can rely on them to provide basic information. Others will Galford's biography useful.-Ann G. Brouse, Steele Memorial Library, Elmira, NY Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
AuthorSIMON ADAMS worked as an editor of children's reference books before becoming a full-time writer. He was written and contributed to more than 60 books on subjects like the Tudors, American history, the Titanic, and more. Consultant PAUL CARTLEDGE is Professor of Greek History at the University of Cambridge, England. He has written widely on Alexander the Great and Greek history and served as chief historical consultant for the BBC series The Greeks.