The last few years have brought changes so swift and so profound in Africa that almost anything written is out of date before it can be put between hard covers. John Hughes, the Christian Science Monitor correspondent, first visited Africa in 1955, and has done one of the best jobs in sorting out the recent progress in each area and sector of Africa right up to the spring of 1961. Hughes dramatizes the point that some of the best educated and eminent leaders in Africa today do not know their exact age because their parents could neither read nor count. He explains with clarity the different directions in which the various countries are developing. Although this is not the place to acquire any intensive background on the peoples and traditions of Africa, it is an excellent introduction both for the uninitiated and those looking for more current information on the changing continent.