This is an ""Inside the Middle East"" at the fateful moment when Israel had swept the Sinai peninsula and Anglo-French forces were descending upon Port Said. These are the nine Arab bands at a single desperate and bewildering juncture. Egypt, rife and raving with newfound nationalism; Sudan, ""divided""; Lebanon, ""bickering over oil rights""; Syria, swinging to the left; Iraq, ""threatened by subversion""; Jordan, ""riddled with intrigue""; and everywhere else along the Arabian Peninsula, the nationalists ""chafed against imperialism"". Morris lacks Gunther's command of the major political personalities, but his grasp of religious, social and cultural forces fully equals the latter. He is probably a better stylist, more powerful in his overall effect, and not less readable line by line- deserving of a wider audience than the subject may attract.