Gr 4-8-Three lively introductions to 19th-century American history makers. All of the well-balanced texts acknowledge the difficulty that historians have in separating fact from fiction. As Anderson notes in the first chapter of Custer, "Perhaps the most important point is that how history is remembered often reflects the passions and concerns of the present." This book, for example, is not an apologia but a carefully measured analysis tempering Custer's arrogance with unconventional, but not irrational, wisdom and a fair amount of blame sharing for his defeat as he led his troops into what would be the "greatest Native American victory over whites in the West" at the Little Bighorn. All of the authors carefully note the speculation that inevitably fills the gaps and augments legend in the historical record for their respective biographies. Stunning reproductions and photos provide a clear sense of the times and settings. These attractive titles serve not only as quality report sources but also as general interest titles for budding historians.-John Sigwald, Unger Memorial Library, Plainview, TX Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.