In this book, the author attempts what he, himself, calls a serious synthesis of previous works on the history of the Fuuta Jaloo State. Indeed, Tauxier assesses his sources critically and somewhat thoroughly. In the process, he offers invaluable data and information on the rise and fall of the Fuuta Jaloo theocracy. Yet, the book's perspective and style reflect the views of a French colonial administrator-historian, confident in France's lasting control over its African empire and its inhabitants. Readers should therefore approach the material herein with a mindset even more critical than Tauxier's treatment of his predecessors. Caveat!