A keen eye for detail and a happy sense of ultimate values in the writings of others on similar subjects combine in producing an entertaining book about Baghdad, Chaiden and Persia. The places she visits, the people she meets, the homes she knows, the ceremonies she witnesses, the stories she hears, the delight she finds at every turn -- all this make good reading. Not high adventure -- but the best of reporting. Background reading for the region rather than a guide book. For the market seeking travel material on out of the way corners of the globe.