Gale Cengage’s People in the News Series provides middle and high school students with 80-100 page biographies on social and political icons of the times. Susan M. Traugh’s Sean Combs presents a balanced look at the life of a super star who has had to rebirth himself like a phoenix may times in his career. Whether he was Puff Daddy, or P. Diddy, readers will be able to see the roller coaster of a life Sean Combs has endured during his fame, including a historical look at the rise of hip-hop, the battle between the two coasts, and the overall development of a self-made man. Students will probably be surprised just how far reaching his presences is in different industries — from music to clothing to perfume to books and magazines…even a restaurant and now a line of alcohol, his style is “Swagger. Timeless. Diverse “(82). Traugh admits many times that Combs has his critics, but she is not one of them. Any student who is doing a report on any aspect of hip-hop will find this book helpful. Recommended for 7th and up.