Another -- and the last -- of the Fighters for Freedom series, planned and started by Van Loon before his untimely death. Had he lived, I feel confident he would have improved his technique in writing for younger readers. His predictable charm, his discursiveness are evident, but the core of plot is fairly well lost in the mass of unfamiliar -- to American readers --historical background and atmosphere, and in theories of history reminiscent of his earlier writings. Gustavus Vasa was the sin of one of the noble Swedes treacherously murdered by King Christian, ruler over Denmark, Norway and Sweden in the year 120. Vasa and events combine to rouse the independent Swedes to an awakened sense of national honor. Christian is defeated and Sweden emerges as a nation. Illustrated by the author in his characteristic color and black and white drawings. Age level difficult -- format and tone suggests younger readers; content demands maturity.