Gr 5-8-These four titles provide a fairly broad overview of the people and events that are important for a critical understanding of this time period. The writing is clear and precise, and maintains enough of a "story" to keep readers interested. Biographical sidebars are used effectively throughout and offer some tantalizing details about the era that may not come up in more traditional resources. The participation of women is not widely known among students, and one of the more interesting sidebars describes Mercy Otis Warren and her objections to the Constitution, highlighting the secrecy under which it was created. Anderson also discusses relations with Native Americans and the cruelties and deceptions that were perpetrated against them by both the British and the American colonists. Quotes from primary sources such as letters, diaries, and pamphlets nicely supplement the recitation of dates and battles. Art reproductions and maps provide a visual complement to the texts and make for an attractive, engaging layout. Report writers will find plenty here to bolster their understanding of the events surrounding the Revolution. Solid additions to any American history collection.-Jody Kopple, Shady Hill School, Cambridge, MA Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.