Past writing has qualified Armstrong Sperry for this efficient survey in perspective of the Pacific lands from the Bering straits to Indonesia. Covering a lot of territory as he Journeys south, Sperry recounts the history and social importance of each region as well as the geographic and cultural traits that characterize it today. There is the story of Alaska and the political significance of its purchase from Russia. Hawaii, the crossroads, tempts Sperry to linger at length and to give a full history of early migrations, its kings, its culture and its growth up to the present. Moving south, there are stops at Tahiti, the Tuamotus, the Marquesas, and the Philippines- and each pause is long enough to illuminate the outstanding.