If one thinks of the Arabs as a race that has always been as unimportant as they seem today, this book will disabuse your mind. Interesting -- thorough study of a little touched field, tracing the Arab people from the dawn of history, showing their rise to world power over four centuries, the Crusades, and their waning power, but not until they had left deep impress on the arts, sciences, literature and civilization of the world. The author then turns to the Arabs of today, the use made of them in the World War, the British mandate, and its success and failure, the problem confronting them today in small compass, with two other races laying claim to what they consider their own. An objective and fair viewpoint is sustained, and the book makes a definite contribution to a better understanding of current history. Should have a substantial sale to all students of world affairs, professional and lay.