Gr 5-8-This slim volume chronicles the empire from its beginning (about 5000 B.C.) to its decline in 333 B.C. The administration of this vast empire, its monetary system, communication system, and diplomacy are described in detail. Additionally, the book covers the lifestyle of the upper class and the common people. The chapter on the military includes battle strategies and the use of chariots and ships as well as weapons and armor. Readers learn not only history but, through text boxes, about the process of researching history and evaluating resources. Insets, black-and-white illustrations, and maps provide additional information. This brief, well-organized book will provide students with material for reports and projects.-Lana Miles, Duchesne Academy, Houston, TX Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.