More and more world attention is being focused on Southeast Asia. Communist infiltration and step by-step conquest have made it an area of acute crisis. Before the onset of the crisis, pertinent and detailed information on the area was woefully lacking. This deficiency is steadily being overcome, and Pendleton's Thailand is a notable addition to the growing literature. The format is simple and logical. The various natural and economic aspects of the nation -- history, physiography and geology, soils, climate, agrarian landscape, etc., are treated in order. But it is not as dry as the table of contents might suggest. Pendleton writes in an easily readable style that doesn't sacrifice sober fact in order to be interesting. Avoiding the extremes of the straight gazetteer and the flowery travelogue, he has made a country, its people, and their problems more real and understandable. Thailand is highly informative yet non-technical, and, although an excellent reference work, it is thoroughly readable.