Gr 6-10-Both authors begin by recounting the background to the conflicts, and then provide objective overviews of their military, diplomatic, and political aspects. Grant concludes with an analysis of the consequences of the Korean War. Woolf ends with a discussion of the prospects for peace in the Middle East, but does not include information about Arafat's recent death and its implications for the peace process. Both of these informative books make extensive use of maps to illustrate their discussions. These maps will definitely help students understand how the geography of the regions influenced the conflicts as well as the specifics of strategies, battle plans, and occupations. Each volume also includes some paragraph-length profiles of relevant military and civilian leaders and statistical information about participating personnel and casualties. Black-and-white and color photos and reproductions add interest. Although these books do not have the level of detail found in Maurice Isserman's Korean War (Facts On File, 2003), their many maps and charts will help students better understand these conflicts. Good introductory choices.-Mary Mueller, Rolla Junior High School, MO Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.