In this entertaining work, Cotterell (The Encyclopedia of World Mythology) immediately sets out all that was distinctive about the chariot, namely, the spoked wheel, the trained horses, and the composite bow. He divides his subsequent discussion geographically, covering the evolution of the chariot's use in various regions of Asia and Europe. Finally, topical chapters consider racing and modern misconceptions about the chariot. Historians will be fascinated by the numerous analyses, such as how the number of spokes varied from culture to culture, thus furnishing clues as to who borrowed from whom technologically. The shrewd scholar will look here for information about bow construction and the many aspects of the domestication and use of horses in war. This work is abundantly illustrated, not only with renditions of the various chariots, weapons, and charioteers but also with representations of the chariot in art and literature. This work is a welcome addition to a collection specializing in military history or ancient history but will appeal to general readers as well because the writing is accessible despite the plethora of detail. An excellent bibliography is included. Recommended for all large libraries and academic libraries.-Clay Williams, Hunter Coll., New York Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.