Gr 6-9-While these titles are well illustrated and have simplified basic maps and glossaries, they fail to explain adequately the importance of these figures throughout history or their impact on society today. Cicero is particularly confusing. With no contextual explanation of the Roman political system, modern readers will be very perplexed. There are also inconsistencies and errors. Herodotus and Plato are choppily written, poorly organized, and incomplete. So little is known about Herodotus's life that most of the book rehashes the Persian War, misspelling a key player (it's Sicinnus, not Sinnicus). Plato focuses on the man's political writings and omits his famous allegory of the cave. Aristotle, a vast improvement over the other titles, is still only adequate. Margaret J. Anderson and Karen F. Stephenson's Aristotle (Enslow, 2004) is just as serviceable.-Ann W. Moore, Schenectady County Public Library, NY Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.