Gr 7-10-As perhaps the most brilliant military leader of the 1700s, Frederick the Great took Prussia to great heights of power in Europe. Interesting accounts of just how he accomplished this feat are presented, along with descriptions of him as a man and as a king truly concerned for the well being of his people. The story of what happened to this part of the world after his death involves Otto von Bismarck, Austria, Napoleon, the fall of the French Empire, and the rise of the German Empire. The final chapter successfully summarizes how the 20th century affected and was affected by this epic history and places it in context with the Germany that students know today. An ease of reading as well as source documents, maps, and other research tools make for a solid book, but one that may be too specialized for all but the largest public library collections and school libraries with a heavy curriculum emphasis on European history.-Andrew Medlar, Chicago Public Library, IL Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.