A big, beautifully dull history of the Indian people from Palelithic times until today. The ""facts"", the color patterns, the chronological order of their days fall in heavyhanded, florid style. Mr. Collier retreats from the rattling bones of our civilization into a world whose people still retain ""reverence and passion of life"". He would have the world seek these values to save itself from self-destruction. Much is lest however of force and meaning in a welter of detail- an unhappy inability to speak directly and simply, though the reference material provided is excellent.