Professor Bohannan's purpose here is worthy and timely and he confronts it as squarely throughout as he states it in his preface: ""To put African culture in modern perspective for Western readers by the concomitant examination of the African facts and the Western myths that have obscured it"". These myths are innumerable and tenacious on all levels, despite the progress we have begun to make towards understanding in the past three years. The darkness and ignorance, as this author continually points out, is at least as much on our side as on Africa's and neither side can afford it any longer. The problem is that while various groups of Americans--missionaries, certain businessmen, some scientists, for example--all know a great deal about Africa, there has been no attempt to assemble this data into a comprehensive and comprehensible whole. Stressing the almost universally neglected similarities rather than the differences between the geographic, historical, lingual, artistic, commercial, political, and religious realities of Africa on the one hand and those of the U.S. and Europe on the other, he has produced a concise, enjoyable, and consistently sensible work. This single volume can serve as a sound basis for intelligent opinion on the subject.