School Library Journal - School Library JournalGr 6-9-- Anderson cuts through the mystique of historical misinformation which surrounds this exciting and pivotal event of world history. His narrative is concise and clear, yet it is very readable, even by upper elementary school students with an interest in this period. The illustrations range from reproductions of commissioned court portraits to modern-day charts and graphs. The inclusion of maps depicting actual fleet routes and diagrams of the ships and their provision are most informative. Readers come away with an excellent grasp of daily life in both England and Spain and a knowledge of the forces and philosophies that drove them to war. This is truly the fleshing out of history to its fullest. The inclusion of finds from recent underwater digs and other archaeological research helps to explain the process of interpretation of events based on historical knowledge. Anderson also dispels some of the popular myths surrounding the events and figures of the Armada, placing blame where blame is due, be it Spanish or English. If a library were to buy only one book on the topic, this is the one. --Anne Wirkkala, John Stark Regional High School , Weare, N.H.
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