. . . a windswept land indeed, for Perry is fascinated not just by the open grasslands of northeastern Patagonia, but by the glacier fields, rain forests and barren islands which are even more remote. Sprinkled with lyrical descriptions of this area's little known scenic beauties and unique geography, this is a slight but affecting history of the early inhabitants (now virtually exterminated), the missionaries who inadvertently contributed to the destruction of the people they hoped to save, settlements such as the one Welsh colony that strove to build a small reproduction of its native land, and entrepreneur Julius Popper who built up a private dictatorship in the minefields of Tierra del Fuego with his own army and coinage. Informally organized, rewardingly atmospheric.