Containing almost 900 entries, this A-to-Z covers both well-known peoples (e.g., Arabs, Israelis, Turks) and little-known groups (e.g., the Oromo of Ethiopia, the Ovambo of Southwest Africa) of Africa and the Middle East, with entries ranging in length from a few sentences to several pages. The text is enhanced with some illustrations, chronologies, maps, and biographical sidebars. Several appendixes, a lengthy concluding chronology covering prehistory to modern times, and a glossary further enhance this work. The longer essays are informative and provide helpful bibliographies, but several entries contain only a few sentences and little in-depth information. BOTTOM LINE Some may question the absence of web citations in this work, but others—especially teachers—may be pleased that a self-contained print volume such as this still has unique value in itself. Recommended for larger public libraries; the price may be too high for secondary school libraries.—Donald Altschiller, Boston Univ. Libs.