A guide for travellers and other particular interests in Latin America covers this small Central American republic in both its past and present characteristics. While the material is text-bookish in style, discussing its subject in closely defined topics such as government, festivities, agriculture, etc., it will serve as a useful compendium where the need arises. To picture present day El Delvador more clearly, the author goes briefly into its history in introductory chapters. Indian ancestors, the Spanish colonials and their life, the fight for independence from Spain and the aftermath of political turmoil still so noticeable today, come in for clear if routine comment. From then on the book is a succession of statistics that covers almost every aspect of life, from data on airports and hospitals to the emancipation of women and the crafts of the indigenous Indian population. A handbook rather than a study and in its quick surveys, apt to be shallow rather than perceptive.