This volume presents recent history through color illustrations, photographs, maps and more to create a visual presentation of life in modern times, from 1500 to the present day. Brief text gives most important details for a good overview of each topic. The feature I like best is that it presents history by topic or location rather than chronologically, making it so much easier to understand and remember. (Note: The Last 500 Years is also included in the Usborne Encyclopedia of the World, item #1939). For ages 10 years to adult. Flexibound, 96 pages.