Gr 6-10-With a frame of reference firmly set in the post-9/11 era, these series titles examine the ways and means of American self-defense, and the role of the armed forces in meeting this goal. These three military branches are adequately introduced in individual titles, each organized into seven chapters. The books begin with a strong summary paragraph and cover the service's history, organizational structure, equipment and technology, practical responsibilities, and recent operations. Large sidebars put the branch into contexts with which users may be familiar, such as the Air Force's earthquake bombs deployed during Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan, the notoriously harsh Army drill instructor, and the Navy SEALs. There are also a few features that are unique to each volume; for example, Air Force gives a rundown of basic-training experiences by incoming personnel. The full-color, captioned photos supply additional information. Compared to the "U.S. Military Branches and Careers" series (Enslow), this one has more color, fewer biographical sketches, and similar levels of nitty-gritty and interesting information. Each title is reliable enough to serve as a basic source in a general collection.-Andrew Medlar, Chicago Public Library, IL Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.