For quick, fundamental information on the politics of any country in the world (as of the end of 1975) one can delve into the comprehensive Political Handbook of the World: 1976. Its editors provide a compendium which succeeds in placing a great deal of factual material in an economical space. Considering the amount and utility of information, the price is reasonable.

Every nation is represented in Part I by a roster of current political leaders, an enumeration of political parties and media outlets, and highly useful, succinct coverage of political history and current political outlook. Part II provides similarly comprehensive information for intergovernmental agencies and associations. In addition, there are tables which contain basic statistical information for each country.

Scholars, researchers, businesses, teachers, students and anyone interested in the politics of a particular country, of a continent, or of the world will find this a quick and valuable reference tool.