Gr 6-8-The clear format and logical organization of these brief, heavily illustrated books render the information easily accessible. Hook offers a succinct history of the development of the atomic bomb. Details of the Pacific war, the Japanese attitude toward defeat or surrender, and the difficulties within the alliance of the United States and Britain with the Soviet Union are placed in perspective. Vivid descriptions present the horror of the attack and its aftermath. Full-color and black-and-white photographs, many seen in other books, illustrate the text. The author concludes by discussing the connection between the bomb and the advent of the Cold War. This would be a good companion volume to Robert Young's Hiroshima-Fifty Years of Debate (Dillon, 1994; o.p.) and John Farris's Hiroshima (Lucent, 1990; o.p.). In the second book, events leading up to D-Day and the invasion at Normandy itself are chronicled in journalistic style. The voices of soldiers on both sides are heard in boxed quotes. Sheehan concludes with the legacy of the war and the advent of the Cold War. News photos illustrate the text.-Renee Steinberg, formerly at Fieldstone Middle School, Montvale, NJ Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.