This latest in a plethora of books and brochures on the Franciscan missions of California is easy to recommend to the casual and moderately inquisitive reader. It forms one in a large series called Panorama Books, printed in Munich and distributed by Doubleday in the United States. It is evident that Hans W. Hannau, who is credited with both the excellent color photography and the writing of the text, intended to produce a terse and accurate account of the twenty-one missions which were founded, 1769-1823, from San Diego in the south to Sonoma in the north. This reader could find no substantial error in the text. He shares what he feels will be the opinion of others that the photographs in color make the little book a distinguished addition to the literature of the missions designed for those who wish only the essentials of this fascinating story.