This is an engaging personal and individual interpretation of the peoples and the countries of the Arab-speaking Near East: --Algeria, Morocco, Tunisia, Libya, Egypt, Iraq, Syria, Turkey. From a quarter of a century's knowledge of the Arab, the author shares his concept of the situation, psychological rather than geographical, backgrounded in history and culture. He tells the story before Islam, the Arabian conquests, the Moslem legacy in Spain, the 1912 collapse of the Arabs, the interest in them revealed by Germany in the last war, the present day problems and the post war tasks, with recurrently the emphasis on Eastern influence in future thought. He deliberately, it would seem, skirts the problem of the Jew and Arab, giving brief chapter space in tribute to the achievements in Palestine. But one can assume that he visualises a Pan-Arab Federation, guided by but not dominated by power politics. Not-therefore -- another view of the controversial subject, but a competent survey of ""the world of the Arab"" by an acknowledged authority.