To understand what's going on in various parts of the world, you need some history, some geography,and recent events. This little book brings the three together.
I used an earlier edition of this book when teaching history and current affairs fifty years ago in the 1960s. It was so good that I used it for many years until it fell to pieces, and I still keep the remains. Many times, before the internet arrived, I tried to find an updated edition in bookshops, but without success. Recently I tried again, using Amazon, and found this edition. I checked it out on a number of topics, and it seems to live up to the effectiveness of its predecessor, but several decades more up to date! I recommend it.