Anyone who has used Kane's A to Z books will vouch for their practical value, their sound balance between background data (politics, history, people, social and economic aspects), a presentation of the things to see, the places to go, and a good how-to roundup specifically keyed for each of the several areas, as well as a summation in the introductory section. This section--and this is true in each of the volumes--is as good as any found in other similar guides. He calls this a ""book of islands,"" ranging from tiny ones in the South Pacific to the island-continent of Australia. He sees this area as yet unspoiled by tourism, for the most part, but closely enough in touch with the modern world to be already provided with excellent transportation facilities, good hotels, dependable and safe food, and many of the prequisites required by today's travellers. The sections are alphabetically arranged--once Hawaii is disposed of; Australia, Fiji, New Caledonia, New Zealand, the Samoas, Tahiti, Tonga. Side trips are suggested, using these key points. What the prospective traveler needs is here.