Gr 6-8-For reports on prominent leaders of ancient Egypt, these biographies offer a unique perspective. Citing specific stelae, carved inscriptions on public buildings and statues, and tomb decorations, Thomas attempts to piece together the scarce and scattered bits of information archaeologists have discovered about each pharaoh's personality, domestic life, and accomplishments. The author is careful to present only the generally accepted interpretations of ancient writings and to indicate which ideas are still in doubt. Ahmose begins with some background on Egyptian history including the condition of the country at the time this ruler came to power. A fairly complete view of the man and his significance emerges. Descriptions of campaigns and battles, though brief, add a bit of life to this straightforward account. Akhenaten's family life and religious quirks provide the focus of the second book, while his son, Tutankhamen, is given only introductory coverage. Both volumes have clear and colorful photographs of significant artifacts. Detailed indexes enrich the value of these texts; however, the map in each volume does not show the location of all of the places mentioned in the texts. The complexities of ancient Egyptian politics and religion make these accounts less than scintillating, but they do offer much more detail than one-volume encyclopedic works such as Jane Shuter's People Who Made History in Ancient Egypt (Raintree, 2000).-Ann G. Brouse, Steele Memorial Library, Elmira, NY Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.