First, an apology for listing this as fiction. It is an autobiographical study of the author's trip to Palestine. In magical and poetic diction he conveys the sense of mounting excitement as he learns to understand the spirit of the people and the country, of Arab, Jew and Christian. He describes in vivid colors the desperate struggle for a foothold in a land that was once their own, the efforts towards peace, delightful pictures of towns carved from the wilderness. In spite of hostilities, here is no acceptance of defeat. Here is a faith that one day ""Schalom"" and ""Salem"" will both truly mean peace... A singularly timely book, with the situation intensified by the seeming repudiation of the British agreement to support the Jewish cause.