BooknewsPart I consists of essays on the political, religious, social, and economic aspects of the region. Part II offers separate chapters on all countries of the region, with complete information on each major country's history and economy, government, political organizations, diplomatic representation, judicial system, religion, the media, finance, industry, defense, and education, including relevant personnel and contact information. Smaller countries are covered in summary accounts in a facts-at-a-glance format. Part III describes major regional organizations, discusses major commodities, and a offers a list of research institutes and periodicals. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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