Some will question whether to write of contemporary times, in this case the past decade, is to write "history," given the lack of full information and the perspective which time presumably provides. Israel, however, is an open society in which not many relevant facts remain secret, and Sachar, an American historian, has been able to add a very solid supplement to his first volume (noted in Foreign Affairs, January 1977). He exhibits a mastery of the available material, although fellow scholars will regret his decision to omit the historian's usual array of footnotes. The viewpoint is sympathetic to Israel but often critical of particular individuals and policies. The coverage is heavy on foreign policy, where the story is fairly well known from other published works; it is light on internal affairs.