This is not Just another book on the Liberty Bell. It is an excellent abbreviated history of the beginnings of the American Revolution, the founding of the government and the goals of democracy. The Liberty Bell and its history serves as a unifying theme. So many of the decisive moments in American history took place in the Philadelphia Statehouse and so many of the most important men met there, that the history and biography go aiong with the story of the Bell in a very natural way. None of the three encyclopedias we checked seem to agree on the various dates in the Bell's history, from delivery to recasting to cracking. We are assuming this to be the most reliable Source of information, because the author has made use of Verifying excerpts from contemporary news accounts and journals. There is an interesting chapter on the importance of the Bell as a symbol (which stops Just short of the recent miniatures in a silhouette style by Christine plot to blow it up).