The American Revolution: A Visual History

400p. chron. index. maps. reprods. DK. Apr. 2016. Tr $40. ISBN 9781465446077.
Gr 7 Up—Spanning from the period before the American Revolution to post-union creation, this oversize book is divided into nine sections, each of which begins with an introduction and time line. The topics cover important events and battles, different groups involved (including African and Native Americans), women of note, what life on each side was like, and equipment used (uniforms, arms, medical). Large color pictures, black-and-white drawings, and brief biographies of relevant individuals are interspersed throughout. There's enough content to give readers an understanding of why this historical period is important; some of the material will even give students a better grasp than textbooks used in secondary and lower-level college classes. The table of contents and the detailed index are ideal for finding information quickly.
VERDICT A good additional source for reference collections in need of more treatments of the subject; the price will allow it to be also included in circulation sections.

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