In writing Jupiter: The Giant Planet, Reta Beebe accepted a tremendous challenge: to encapsulate our current understanding of the entire Jovian system and make it understandable to a diverse audience of both technical and nontechnical readers. She has succeeded remarkably well, and the book will reward readers of all levels of scientific background.
The book is a compact, high-quality production, with a handsome cover dominated by Jupiter. The color plates are excellently reproduced and well chosen. The graphics and illustrations are clean and well integrated with the text. Some of the black and white photographs suffer from contrast problems but are mostly adequate for their purpose. A future edition of this work would benefit from using more recent digital versions of the Galilean satellite maps.