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The first third of each of these books goes into considerable detail on the political and economic situations that precipitated the settlements' establishment. Since Williamsburg was founded by settlers from Jamestown, those two volumes work well together to present a more complete view of early Virginia. Each volume begins with a map, although Plymouth 's has Philadelphia highlighted and the colony itself unmarked. The page design is clean and uncluttered; however, special-interest insets, while adding useful details, interrupt the text mid-sentence and are annoying. Of the three titles, Plymouth is the most engaging, as McNeese captures the spirit of the settlers as people more so than he does in the other books. These factual overviews are informative but do not bring history to life. Events are related without an emotional component. Students may appreciate the straightforward approach but casual readers will wish for more human interaction. The impact of European settlers on Native Americans is discussed, but the point of view is more English than balanced. These titles offer more detailed information than the "Building America" series (Mitchell Lane) but are not as compelling as "Voices from Colonial America" (National Geographic).
—Lucinda Snyder WhitehurstCopyright 2006 Reed Business Information.