This is a journalist's account, and not a historians', of Ireland today--50 years after the Easter Rebellion. The author's approach is a positive one, bearing out the implications of the book's title. Gray briefly supplies some pertinent Irish history up to the end of the 19th century and in some detail for the time of ""The Troubles""--1916-1923. The remainder and major portion of his book is then devoted to the current state of affairs in the Republic and in the northern counties of Ulster. He finds evidence of progress in almost every aspect of Irish life he has investigated, due primarily to the fact that ""the men who are now in charge of things weren't involved in any of the old rows... in 1916 or 1922."" Since the late 1950's there has been an economic ""reorientation"" which has altered much of the thinking, if not all of the practices, in such diverse areas as agriculture, industrialization, censorship, communications, love and marriage, and since the Vatican Council, even in that most puritanical of institutions--the Irish Church. Gray set out, admittedly, to inform himself as well as his readers and he functions largely as a translator of statistical information though he does this reporting job in a way that is lively and balanced.