School Library Journal - School Library JournalGr 5-8-Beginning with a pivotal event that is described in a lively fashion, the texts then take readers back to the subjects' birth, childhood, education, and rise to power. Quotes from ancient historians provide valuable insight into the men's personalities. A glimpse into the culture of the period gives additional background and information. McGowen opens with Alexander's attack on the city of Multan in his quest to conquer India. A person of great ambition, Alexander hoped to unite all the people of the known world under his rule. Warrick first describes Hannibal crossing the Alps with his elephants and then chronicles the steps leading to the attack on Rome. Both books describe battles and strategies in great detail. Insets, a few small black-and-white illustrations, and maps provide additional information. These books are useful for reports and for pleasure reading.-Lana Miles, Duchesne Academy, Houston, TX Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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