Terence Prittie (Germany Divided, Germany against Hitler), offers that exceptional item, a perfectly honest appraisal of the unique Near-Eastern nation of Israel. The economic and social tour has not been matched for clarity and perspective. After a brief historical introduction, he provides an analysis of the kibbutz system and its changing place in the Israeli economy. Lucid and convincing, too, are the sections on the building of a new port city, the relationship of commerce to national survival, and agricultural achievements. But the measure of Mr. Prittie's accomplishment--achieved with such simplicity that one can only deplore the clouds of commitment that came between previous reporters and their subject--lies in his analysis of Israel's racial troubles, her political system and the future of Arab-Jewish relations. The book shows the hand of an unbiased thinker who combines the best aspects of eye-witness account and social analysis.