Out of the turbulence of the Near East, with its socio-economic paradoxes, political paternalism and proverbial coups d'etat, Morroe Berger has made a sociological which has size and significance, a sparkling seriousness, a shrewd illumination. It is certainly among the best books of its kind now around. Among the items of interest. In Egyptian practice, redistribution of property means land nationalization; through there is traditional Islamic suspicion of industrial investments and a Fundamentalist "" vs. mechanization"" crisis, still, more and more, occupation/wealth determine class structure, not religious affiliation; psychologically Arab life is filled with interpersonal rivalry, ""free floating"" hostility, a rapid alternation of emotional extremes; in study students ""had more heterosexual/homosexual experiences than comparable US group"", yet are still high; women's freedom only slowly evolving; a village ""the poorer the man, the bigger his family""; rural ""ideal"" gets lip service but all power is urban centered; Neutralism and Afro-Asian solidarity comprise the general . A level headed, long look at the landscape, refreshingly free of jargon, rampantly packed with fact.