More interesting than its ponderous title would imply, this book is not, however, for fireside reading. It is one of a group of studies on Africa done for IT's Center of International Studies. Mr. Rivkin has made a true intellectual exercise of his researches in the field by drawing together his findings there and in written sources to produce an interpretative guide to the new Africa. It is not a history book, nor a solemn recounting of facts, state by state. But it is a sturdy contribution in an area as wide open for exploration as Africa itself by a man who can pride himself on his gift for instant perspective. The book will not give solace to those who expect every nation to find salvation in our kind of democracy but neither will it please those African statesmen who prefer not to have it bruited about that they have effectively eradicated the Opposition. The author avoids grinding axes and has therefore written a valuable handbook for those who labor in the African vineyard.