Selden Rodman took the Pan-American Highway to Panama. His is a rather relaxed recall of sites visited, people met, art seen. The first portions of his book are more businesslike and interesting, taking in a part of the world he has already known and written of in Mexican Journal (1958, p. 695). From Guatemala on out through El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica to Panama and journey's end, the recollections of encounters are more random, the book becomes more travelogue than guide. Rodman is known for his interest in and connection with the arts, and his coverage of this aspect of culture gives his writing what theme it has. An easy ride.