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 1980s is a strong overview of the Reagan era, as well as the paradox of greed and philanthropy that defined the decade. A year-by-year accounting of the AIDS epidemic is especially interesting. This volume does have some weaknesses, though. Some of the entertainment and sports sections were written as though reminiscing, rather than providing context for music, film, and sports for readers who were not born until well into the 1990s. At times, the language used is a bit complex for the younger teens who will be using the series. These issues are just minor, though, and can be easily overcome with teacher or parent guidance. 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 majorevents 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.