These well-organized volumes present general information that report writers, particularly reluctant readers, will find useful. Brightly colored illustrated facts and statistics charts invite perusal. Thought-provoking questions introduce most of the chapters in both volumes. Performance-Enhancing Drugs covers ethical issues and dangers in usage, effectiveness of testing, and prevention. Nicotine addresses the dangers of smoking and chewing tobacco and of exposure to secondhand smoke, why young people use tobacco, and how numbers can be reduced. Primary-source quotes are well documented. (Since the short quotes are out of context and have words inserted and taken out, some educators may not accept these quotes as primary sources.) Above-average back matter has source notes, related organizations, key people and advocacy groups, a drug chronology, and a list of the illustrated statistics. Many books cover similar topics, but these titles are helpful for filling in gaps or updating collections.
Debbie S. HoskinsCopyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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