Gr 6-8 These books examine each conflict in the broader context of the Cold War. In both, much of the discussion is devoted to the historical background. The first half of Missile Crisis covers the events leading up to the "momentous" days of October, 1962. Aside from the fact that the same secondary sources are repeatedly quoted, this title provides a good overview of the crisis and the underlying reasons for Soviet and American actions. Vietnam presents an international perspective that is often lacking in books on the topic from American publishers. (It was originally published in Britain.) However, a quote from Edward R. Murrow is put into the context of Nixon's Vietnamization plan, even though Murrow died in 1965, four years before Nixon became president. Despite this minor sloppiness, most students will find this a balanced and dispassionate account of the war. Each book features mostly black-and-white photographs on every page, along with helpful maps; a time line; and lists of books, videos, and Web sites. A rather skimpy index and brief glossary round out the back of each volume. -Todd Morning, Schaumburg Township Public Library, IL Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.