Gr 4-6-A brief introduction to a complex event. The basic story of the world situation and the actions of both countries leading up to the attack is accurate, but extremely simplified. Most of the captions add some information to the vintage photos, which are printed in monochromatic dusty hues of blue, green, and pink. Two full-color reproductions of World War II posters and two present-day color photos are included. With only one sparsely labeled map of the Pacific, it is assumed that readers know the locations of the warring European countries mentioned in the text, as well as the locations of Manchuria, Russia, and the Philippines. De Angelis states that the Army, Navy, Air Force, and Marines all had bases at Pearl Harbor in 1941. However, the U.S. Air Force did not exist at that time; it was still part of the Army. She also credits Admiral Yamamoto with the initial concept of the surprise attack and states that "Most experts- agree that Yamamoto greatly misjudged how fiercely Americans would react to a surprise attack." However, other sources suggest that he believed that if the attack was not absolutely fatal, Japan could not survive a protracted war with the U.S. The memorial at Pearl Harbor is briefly discussed and the text concludes rather suddenly with the dropping of the atomic bombs. New is not necessarily better. Stick with standard titles on the subject.-Eldon Younce, Harper Elementary School, KS Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.