Gr 5-8-This visually appealing set provides broad coverage of the American Revolution. Each volume chronicles a specific period, beginning with the causes; moving through the political and military events of the conflict; and ending with the adoption of the Constitution, Washington's presidency, and Westward expansion after the war. The books offer considerable background material and objectively discuss how civilian, governmental, diplomatic, and military actions influenced the course of events. Arnold and Wiener also provide information about the roles that women, African Americans, and Native Americans played in the conflict. Sidebars profile important leaders and provide information about related topics. However, the material is not extensively documented. Unfamiliar terms are defined in the margins, and the text is supplemented with large (some cover an entire spread), average-quality reproductions of period art, illustrations, and portraits of the principal figures. Well-written captions offer information not found in the text, but many of the illustrations are unattributed. There are also numerous maps of regions, campaigns, and specific battles. Each volume includes a chronology for the period it covers, a glossary, a list of additional resources, and a cumulative index. These books provide enough detail to serve researchers, but they are also interesting enough to appeal to general readers.-Mary Mueller, Rolla Junior High School, MO Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.