Gr 4-8--These three books are part of a series that stresses the modern relationships, goals, and problems of the European Union. At the front of each is a list of EU nations, a map of Europe indicating their locations, and a map of the pertinent country with major cities shown. An introduction by John Bruton, former EU president and Prime Minister of Ireland, explains the origins and history of the organization. Chapters begin with "Modern Issues" and a brief summary of the country's history and government, followed by chapters on economy, people and culture, and "Looking to the Future." In addition, there is a time line and a few suggestions for finding out more, including useful current websites. The up-to-date texts liken Italy's treatment of the "Roma" (Gypsies) to the U.S. treatment of the American Indian; the social standing of Italy's women is examined and condemned (45 percent of Italian women do not work); and Germany's major problem with guns and violence in schools is discussed. Muslims in Europe, global warming, nuclear power, and sex scandals are also touched on. The information is brief and limited by the length of the books, so none of the topics has much depth. Although not precisely captioned, the illustrations convey the character of each country. If these books are used for general middle school reports on a country, supplementary material will be needed. Their value lies in presenting a clear idea of what the EU is trying to accomplish and the problems facing its members, and in this they succeed very well.--Judith Constantinides, formerly at East Baton Rouge Parish Main Library, LA[Page 132]. (c) Copyright 2012. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.