Gr 4-7-These informative British imports have a good balance of well-written text and clear, colorful detailed drawings. The 18th Century covers the armies and navies of the American Revolution and major European wars. The 19th Century presents the fighting forces of the Crimean War, the U.S. Civil War, and the Indian Mutiny. The authors' balanced accounts point out the tedium and difficulty as well as the excitement of military life. Topics include recruiting, infantry, uniforms, artillery, cavalry, tactics, camp life, and medicine. These books will appeal to fans of Michelle Byam's Arms and Armor (DK, 2000), Richard Holmes's Battle (2000, both DK), and Andrew Robertshaw's A Soldier's Life (Lodestar, 1997).-Eunice Weech, M. L. King Elementary School, Urbana, IL Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.