Although Chesterton called this book “an uncomfortably large notebook,” it exhibits travel writing at its finest. This volume documents Chesterton’s travels in the Middle East. It contains vivid reflections on the history, religion, and geography of Palestine. He writes on cities, culture, and social concerns, and reflects on important social and historical topics, such as Zionism and the Crusades.
G. K. Chesterton was born in London in 1874. He worked at the Redway and T. Fisher Unwin publishing house until 1902, when he began writing regularly—his weekly columns appeared for decades in the Daily News and The Illustrated London News. In all, he wrote more than 80 books, hundreds of poems, 200 short stories, 4,000 essays. Among his writings are his famous apologetic work Orthodoxy, a biography of St. Aquinas, his Father Brown detective stories, The Napoleon of Notting Hill, and The Man Who Was Thursday. He died on June 14, 1936 in Buckinghamshire.