This beautiful study could also be called ""pictures of actuality and eternity"". Most clearly does Morand treat his subject -- from the historical, geographical, and political angles. The book is divided into seven chapters, each a milestone on the road from Europe to India (by way of sea, land, and air). After finishing the book, one feels there is not much more to be said about Malta and Venice, Suez and the Red Sea with its ports, or any of the other stopping points to India. With a black and white map of the route. Certainly a book to read and to own.