Gr 9-12-- Yet another book about the Spanish Armada! It must have something to do with the Armada's 300th anniversary or something. This book sheds light on the events and participants from a different perspective; the style, vocabulary, and McDowall's gentlemanly (but unsuccessful) endeavor to present both sides are very British. The sources, while primary, are virtually useless citations for further research in American high schools. Very British text is carefully interwoven with direct quotes from the participants, but with precious little interpretation. Excellent black-and-white line drawings and copies of great works of art do very little to relieve the presentation. Stick with Nathan Harris' Armada (Batsford, 1987) or Mary Connatty's Armada (Warwick, 1988). --Anne Wirkkala, John Stark Regional High School , Weare, N.H.