The Pacific and its islands is an area that the author has charted well and often before. This will help round out the picture he presented in They Peopled the Pacific (1964), although the approach offered here is more conventional for history students. Starting with the information available about the inter-island travels made by the natives themselves and with the first Portuguese and Spanish explorations, and running up to the early nineteenth century discoveries made by American whalers and merchants, the author has managed to include a great deal of factual detail. (He claims that ""you will not find all these names and dates in any other single book ever printed."") His own apparent enthusiasm for the area, and his ability to select and clarify details into a comprehensive portrayal keeps this from being simply another dehydrated compilation. The material is all available in other sources, and the book is not really indispensable, but teachers and students will welcome this as a well-organized, complete, readable survey.