Gr 5-9-With these unique and easily accessible presentations of biographical and historical information, readers are sure to develop a better understanding of the power and influence of the many important people who played critical roles in the outcome of major historical events. Each book begins with a four-page overview of the title event, which provides the basis of the biographical material that follows. This includes a panoply of men and one woman-Clara Barton (Spanish-American War). The first book includes James K. Polk, Zachary Taylor, John Charles Fr mont, Abraham Lincoln, and Henry David Thoreau. George Washington, Benjamin Franklin, James Madison, and Alexander Hamilton are included in the second title. Grover Cleveland, William Randolph Hearst, Mark Twain, and Theodore Roosevelt are in the third. Accompanied by a captioned, full-page photo or drawing, the single-page biographies include family, education, military, and political background. Focus is on the individuals' roles and the part these critical players had in their respective events, whether they were fighting for the cause, providing medical assistance, influencing opinion through writing, or taking a stand in opposition. Maps, photos, drawings, and a two-page artistic rendition of the event add to the appeal of these titles. Great for reports and as supplemental teaching materials.-Susan Shaver, Hemingford Public Schools, NE Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.