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VOYAPart of an eight-volume set, this series of titles provide basic information on significant figures from the Renaissance era. Johannes Gutenberg was born into an ordinary life as the son of a patrician in Mainz, Germany. Gutenberg's training as a metallurgist prepared him for his later work as inventor of the printing press. Readers will learn that more was involved than just the press, and that it took many experiments to come up with a type of paper and ink that would work with the press. These were tumultuous times in Europe, and while Gutenberg is recognized as the inventor of the printing press, he was unable to profit from it and was forced to turn his press over to his financial partners who then built a successful business. Upper elementary, middle, and high school students will find these attractive and easy-to-read volumes quite useful for reports. There are pictures, quotes, primary source documents, maps, or sidebars containing relevant facts on nearly every page as well as a glossary and a time line with both world events and events from the subject's life. The "Life at a Glance" page provides just the barest facts, and the print resources listed on the "Additional Resources" page should provide more in-depth information. Using the FactHound Web site for more information by typing in the ID number for this book for Gutenberg provided only a mere paragraph of basic information. Historic sites are also listed here. Other books in the series profile Christopher Columbus, Nicolaus Copernicus, Galileo, Michelangelo, Francisco Pizarro, and William Shakespeare. These books provide an excellent overview of key historic figures from the Renaissance. (Signature Lives: Renaissance Era).VOYA CODES: 5Q 4P M J S (Hard to imagine it being any better written; Broad general YA appeal; Middle School, defined as grades 6 to 8; Junior High, defined as grades 7 to 9; Senior High, defined as grades 10 to 12). 2005, Compass Point Books, 112p.; Glossary. Index. Illus. Maps. Biblio. Source Notes. Further Reading. Chronology., PLB . Ages 11 to 18.