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VOYAThis new ten-volume series aims to cover the most important events of the twentieth century, including the social, political, and technological climate in which they occurred. Handling each decade in one or two year increments, the series covers not only the major news stories but also inventions, sports, arts, and entertainment. America in the 1900s and 1910s illustrates how the twentieth century began with huge technological advances, such as the affordable automobile and long-distance telephone calls, and details events leading into the First World War and Jazz Age. Careful use of sidebars and images make a potentially dry history interesting and relevant to young teens. It is the only volume to combine two decades, and some of the details of this era are left out to account for that. Although the information concerning daily life in the volumes is usually short and succinct, the chapters regarding the many presidencies of the twentieth century are broader and well written. The series succeeds at simplifying each president's policy and major accomplishments so that young readers will understand the significance of their years in office. The series concludes with a chronology volume, allowing students to look up what major events happened in any given year. No details are provided but it will be useful to those who simply need a list of events that happened in a certain year or period. The series provides an excellent source for students working on time line projects, or those who need to study major events of a certain period. Students in middle school and junior high will benefit, but older teens will not be able to find the in-depth information needed for research papers.Nevertheless high school libraries may want to purchase the series to allow students a broad source to choose topics to research further. (Decades of American History). VOYA CODES: 4Q 3P M J (Better than most, marred only by occasional lapses; Will appeal with pushing; Middle School, defined as grades 6 to 8; Junior High, defined as grades 7 to 9). 2006, Facts on File, 128p.; Glossary. Index. Illus. Photos. Further Reading. Chronology., PLB $35.. Ages 11 to 15.