Mrs. Lamb, a former editor of United Nations News now teaching at New York University, has here attempted a patently impossible task and carried it off amazingly well. Her purpose, in one volume, was ""to illustrate the interrelationship of a number of different aspects of the Indian culture, of the total Indian environment"". Beginning with a skillfully condensed history of the country from the coming of the Aryans to the going of the British, she then proceeds to examine present-day politics, economic problems, religious differences, education, public opinion, and social issues such as those posed by the caste system. Her awareness that ""a society is truly an organism, as strangely wonderful as that of human beings, but on a far larger scale"" serves her well indeed, and serves her readers also by enabling us always to retain a comprehensive view of the subject throughout the various states of analysis. Quite probably this is the finest single book available on contemporary India, and it should provide an excellent framework for further study, as well as a wealth of sympathetic insight into ""the largest democracy in the world"".