No continent is experiencing greater change than Africa. Egypt, Algeria and Morocco have long been familiar to Western man. But since 1946 twenty-five African countries have gained independence, and countries with names still unfamiliar to the general reader are playing important roles in the twentieth century: Chad Republic, Central African Republic, Slerra Leone, Upper Volta. It was to bring to modern attention this area of the world south of the Sahara that Mr. Wiedner wrote this book. Eminently readable, authoritative, and concise, it covers prehistoric Africa, the development of trade in A.D. movements, the rise of the great European empires in the area, the evolution of nationalism, and present-day economic, social, and political . The author is perhaps most interesting when he considers the interaction of alien influence with the indigenous circumstances and the resulting loss of a culture. Although for the informed reader, the author has contributed no new information, the book is one of the few comprehensive accounts of this area of Africa. It is a very welcome contribution.