Books: Lost Tribe

THE LAST MIGRATION (343 pp.)—Vincent Cronin—Dutton ($4.50).

A fruitfull countrey, inhabited with pasturing people, which dwell in the Summer season upon mountains, and in Winter they remoove into the valleyes . . . in carravans . . . of people and cattell, carrying all their wives, children and baggage. . .

This Elizabethan description of nomadic Persians (from Hakluyt's Principal Voyages) would have been accurate in the time of Herodotus (circa 484-425 B.C.) and was still accurate in A.D. 1926, when Persia's modern-minded Reza Shah Pahlavi began his reign, set about freeing the women...

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