This series invites children to don the persona of a general in the Roman army, a Stone Age chieftain, a 16th-century sea captain, or a medieval troop commander. Readers are instructed in culture and requisite job skills. The vibrant color illustrations are exquisitely detailed but never gruesome. Close-ups, panoramas, cross-sections, and aerials advance the texts. These titles are similar in approach to the "If You Lived..." (Scholastic) and "You Wouldn't Want to Be..." (Watts) series, but there is little topical overlap. Though sources are not listed, the texts are reliable and will be useful for report writers.