These graphic histories provide fascinating human drama and detail. Four pages of opening text give background about each battle. They follow a traditional comics format: pen and ink, with each panel designed for maximum emotional impact. A general's windswept empty desk and a soldier's happy former life as he dreams are examples. Readers learn that a group of Japanese botany students was accidentally dropped off in Iwo Jima during the battle, and that the first American pilot to spot the Japanese fleet at Midway made a mistake in reporting the fleet's size. The accounts are not comprehensive but give readers a sense of the drama behind the event and its place in history. Students interested in history will likely pore over them and then move on to more in-depth titles.
John LeightonCopyright 2006 Reed Business Information.