By no means, perfect sailing, this collection of articles contains some powerful writing along with short pieces, with abrupt endings, that leave key questions unanswered.
Several pieces written by this enormously well travelled author were powerful enough to bring about truly dramatic changes - one published in the Sunday Times in the UK, on the genocide of the tribes in Brazil, led to the creation of the Survival International, a charity dedicated to protecting "first peoples" around the world. Lewis considered this his best achievement in a long life (he died recently at age 95). In this collection he writes of pure horror in Paraguay with man-hunting of literally thousands of the Guayaki people who were then (1974) sold into slavery for as little as $1.50 each. These were "recruited" for the missions established by the New Tribes Mission (which is headquartered in Sanford, Florida) by professional man-hunters (known as senuelos; lures) including notorious slave owners, one of whom was at one stage was officially managing the mission. Denials from the New Tribes mission may be read on-line but do not extend to the enforced conversions as their mission statement is not to leave any tribes outside of Evangelical Christianity because they then endure "the unending punishment of the unsaved".
The book includes Lewis on his first trip for the "Home Office" into the Yemen to spy for Great Britain. This is the voyage by Dhow of the title, so these pieces span much of his travels from 1937 to the 1980s including an adventurous trip into Russia.
An enjoyable book for the arm-chair traveler and student of social history, sprinkled with the author's dry wit, This may well be the best book - because of the chronology - for a reader new to this author to enter his enchanting web of great prose, well researched history and great travel narratives.