Gr 6 Up-In-depth examinations of specific aspects of the Cold War. Weapons, the better of the two, looks at the destructive power of nuclear arms and describes how fear of their use led to a balance of power between the U.S. and the U.S.S.R. Blohm discusses the development of the atomic bomb, and describes the air, missile, and submarine systems used to deliver it. He also discusses defensive and antiballistic missile systems, arms-control treaties, and the continuing danger from nuclear threats since the end of the Cold War. Keeley examines how the United States, in the name of containing communism, became involved in armed conflicts in Berlin, Korea, Egypt, Cuba, Vietnam, Angola, and, through the Iran-Contra Affair, in Nicaragua. Although the title indicates emphasis on American actions, the author sometimes fails to provide enough background about Soviet actions, a weakness that limits context and will reduce student understanding of the reasons the United States acted or reacted as it did. Both books include sidebars that excerpt primary sources and average-quality, black-and-white photos. The authors provide extensive documentation and are largely evenhanded in their discussions of the motives and actions of the Soviets and Americans. Although these books do not have the scope of single-volume titles such as James Warren's Cold War: The American Crusade against Communism 1945-1991 (Lothrop, 1996), they are good supplemental purchases.-Mary Mueller, Rolla Junior High School, MO Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.