Gr 4-7 Direct writing marks this collective biography, written for a younger audience than Beard's The Presidents in American History (Messner, 1985). Sullivan provides three- to four-page individual summaries of the Presidents' lives, illustrated with portraits of the Presidents and reproductions that illuminate the times in which they lived. These profiles are accompanied by lists of biographical facts and key events during each administration. They are preceded by an overview of the electoral process today and the President's duties; this section is divided by frequent subheadings that help make the information more easily retrievable. The text is set in a large typeface, and much white space gives the book a clean look that browsers will find attractive. Sullivan does not go into as much detail as Beard, and he does not address the Cabinet other than to cite its current make-up, but the information he includes is factual and appropriate for report writing. David Gale, ``School Library Journal''