*This is top notch history for younger readers by the author of The Many Faces of the Civil War and... World War II. Mr. Werstein's balanced coverage includes the fighting in the philippines and the issue at stake there as well as the war in Cuba, which often over-shadows the Pacific arena. What makes this book especially good is the strict but fair assessment of the officers and prominent civilians involved. Teddy Roosevelt's famous and haphazard ""Charge!"" and the groesquely inadequate logistics of the Cuban invasion are clearly described. Ego and ambition are the words for Hearst, whose newspapers spurred the war and for Commodore Dewey, whose disastrous loss of temper at Manila nearly ruined his desired good press. In addition to his analysis of the war and its waging, Mr. Werstein is once again more than adequate to the difficult task of bringing battle scenes into action.