This is disappointing. It seems to lack the sparkle, the spontaneity of the earlier books, the color of the book on South America, the penetrating wit and basic philosophy of the book on America. A workmanlike job, adequate, uninspired. The facts are there, but they are carefully set forth, with nothing of the drama of the vast country, the sense of future that one should get from a book on one of the few remaining countries with incomplete development, challenging the imagination. There is so little on the subject that -- for the moment -- it supplies a need. Facts of settlement, shifting ownership, government today, relation to England, etc.