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Vol. 13 APRIL, 1938 No. 7
TURMOIL IN GERMANY
THE HOUSE THAT HITLER BUILT, by Stephen H. Roberts.
The author of this book, being an Australian, is perhaps able to write more
objectively than most about the burning question of Germany. He spent more
than a year there examining documents and interviewing both officials and the
common people, being given every possible aid by the Nazi authorities. His book
is a survey for the general reader of Germany after four years of Hitlerism. It
is an astounding book and would be incredible were not the author's probity so
completely apparent. The Germans are a nation of children, subject to a propa-
ganda so powerful that the author says he almost believed it himself; and be-
cause no one questions this propaganda he feels little hope for the future of
Germany. He thinks the present regime will have to be transformed into some-
thing more coherent, but that the outcome will almost inevitably be war. He be-
lieves that Germany's colonies should be restored, although they will do her little
good, because he can find no valid reason why they should be withheld, or why
they should ever have been taken away.
GROWING UP IN SCOTLAND
A SON OF SCOTLAND, by R. H. Bruce Lockhart.
In British Agent and his other books, Mr. Lockhart has given us glimpses
of his childhood. Now we have this delightful book about his schooldays with the
glorious Strathspey vacations. Because his father was a schoolmaster, young
Bruce was thirteen before he was sent away to school and then he entered Fettes.
The book is much more than an account of a normal boy's schooldays, for Mr.
Lockhart is a keen observer and we have a picture of a Scotland which is changing
with the times, not to the country's advantage it would seem, and we learn much
of the school system in Scotland. A roving disposition does not lessen the author's
love for his native land and we hope that his fears for Scotland's future will prove
to be unwarranted.
POET, PAINTER, AND CRITIC
THE LIVING TORCH, by A. E.
It is a pretty well established fact that "A. E.", the pseudonym of George
William Russell, was actually given him by his publisher because the latter was
unable to read the scrawl with which Mr. Russell had signed some verses sent to
be published. (The name signed was "Aeon".) Reading these short conversa-
tional essays one can imagine the man hurrying to talk with some of these many
people who came to visit him, to learn from him. The essays and sketches in
this book were collected by Monk Gibbon who has written an introductory essay
so that we too may know this man who, with William Butler Yeats, was the leader
of the Celtic Revival in Ireland. A. E. writes with clear insight of many subjects
and about many people but turns back often to poetry as his major interest.
FROM POLE TO POLE
BEYOND HORIZONS, by Lincoln Ellsworth.
The number of people who have visited both the North and South Poles is
relatively small. Mr. Ellsworth is one of the few, and on two flights Amundsen
was his companion. He gives us a very vivid account of what it feels like to be
in the Arctic with a disabled plane and the different ways in which men react
to such a situation. Not only did Mr. Ellsworth conquer the Poles, he tri-
umphed over his handicaps; frail and sickly as a child and one to whom school
was a jail, he gradually built up a physique strong enough to cope with the rigors
of the outposts of the world.
HELL ON ICE, by Commander Edward Ellsberg.
In the person of George Melville, the engineer of the ship Jeannette, Com-
mander Ellsberg tells the story of three years spent drifting in the Arctic ice pack.
On July 8th, 1879, the ship Jeannette with thirty-three men aboard weighed an-
chor for the Arctic Sea; the goal of the expedition was the North Pole. Guided
by incorrect maps, and misinformed by the unscientific theories of the time con-
cerning the currents around Alaska, they soon found themselves frozen in the
ice pack, where for more than two years they were trapped only to have their
ship broken up at last in a jam, leaving them 500 miles from the nearest human
habitation in northern Siberia. A frightful trek over the shifting pack and then
over icy seas to the frozen tundras of Siberia took the lives of all except eleven
men. You will find this a thrilling story of the life of George Washington De Long
and his crew in their attempt to reach the North Pole.
LETTERS FROM ICELAND, by W. H. Auden and Louis MacNeice.
Beginning with a letter (in verse) to Lord Byron, and ending with the last
will and testament (in the same) of the authors, this is an unusual travel book.
For the most part it really is about Iceland, with descriptions of the country and
its people and practical information for travellers, but the prose passages may
interest some readers less than the poetry. Lord Byron is given the latest in-
formation on the present state of civilization. In their will the authors bequeath
many things to many people, specifically: to the League of Nations, their faith,
hope, and charity; to dictators, "the intolerable tightening of the mesh of history";
to "our age, the quite considerable spark of private love and goodness which never
leaves an age, however awful, in the utter dark."
TRANSGRESSOR IN THE TROPICS, by Negley Farson.
A series of loosely connected impressions and experience of Mr. Farson dur-
ing a recent trip along the West coast of South America. Among other things,
he sketches the South Americans of importance for various reasons, explodes the
theory of "gay night-life in South America" (he will probably become very un-
popular with the steamship companies because of this) and includes the tale of
a hair-raising crossing of the Andes by car.
PAHANG, by Willard C. Bush.
The life of a rubber planter holds many thrills, if Mr. Bush's experiences are
fair samples. Rebellious natives, disease and filth, wild elephants romping about,
man-eating tigers and deadly snakes have to be dealt with repeatedly. Add to this
a real villian in the person of Rader and the tragic fate of little Chik and you
have a book packed with excitement, so much so that we can forgive Mr. Bush
his obvious self-complacency. Personally, we prefer tigers in books to tigers stalk-
ing through our house in the dead of night.
ONE AMERICAN AND HIS ATTEMPT AT EDUCATION, by Frazier Hunt.
Frazier Hunt, as newspaper reporter and globe-trotter, appears to have had
somewhat more of the reporter's aptitude for turning up just in time for unusual
"situations" to break. He has been on the spot for all important world situations
during the past twenty years, and here gives the results in breezy but accurate
biography. He knew most of the present world headliners before they grew up.
ACTION AT AQUILA, by Hervey Allen.
We wonder if Hervey Allen will prove to be another one-book-author. After
Anthony Adverse anything less monumental comes in the nature of an anti-climax.
Not that the present book is not worth reading-it is extremely interesting-but
that it is in no way remarkable. It is a moving story of the Civil War with Colonel
Franklin and Mrs. Crittendon representing the best on both sides. There is no
bitterness in the tale-only the utter desolation and sorrow wrought by war It
is a picture of war in a peaceful country and of peace in a country at war. Although
the incidental skirmishes are historically accurate, it is not with history that the
author is concerned, but with war and its influence on man.
ONE LIFE, ONE KOPECK, by Walter Duranty.
Ivan Petrovich's earliest memories are of peasant squalor and brutality, then
servitude in a noble's family with an opportunity for a little education. Involved
in a brawl, Ivan serves as a scapegoat for the Young Master and at fifteen years
finds himself a Siberian exile. From this moment he is no longer a boy. The
story moves rapidly through all stages of despair, misery and hope. Here are
depicted the graft, greed and injustice of the middle and upper classes; the in-
capacity and futility of the royal family; the rush and instability of Bolshivism.
Ivan moves with the times; there is little of life and death, love, passion and hate
which has passed him by. It is a hard, gripping book of Russia past and present.
ANOTHER OPHELIA, by Edwin Lanham.
Through the meditations of the three chief characters of this short novel, one
reconstructs the story of a tragedy which occurred twenty years before. It is
hard to decide which one of the Bogarts was the real victim of the tragedy. Julie
remained a girl of seventeen for the rest of her life. Kate, her mother, became
old before her time drudging, waiting on Julie, and attempting to sidestep reality.
Tol, Julie's father, once an average small-town business man, becomes a drunkard
and sees his business fall into a ruinous state. His story is almost more poignant
than Julie's. The narrative is concise and Lanham shows a remarkable skill in
A GREAT LORD, by Paul Frischauer.
During the period immediately following the partition of Poland, Prince
Andreas, the younger son of the Polish house of Rasonski, had no money, was
deeply in debt, was cursed with a most unattractive face and an obsession for
aggrandizement. This is the story of his rise from penniless obscurity to the
position of a wealthy land-owner. Dzjunka, his wife, was the one who was instru-
mental in bringing about Andreas' good fortune, but she suffered intensely all her
life for the means by which the fortune was obtained.
VERY YOUNG IN ICELAND
SHIPS IN THE SKY, by Gunnar Gunnarsson.
The world of childhood is a closed book to many people, despite the fact
that it is something which we all experience. In this autobiographical novel of
Uggi Greipsson, a little red-headed Icelandic peasant boy, Gunnar Gunnarsson
writes of a child's world with insight and understanding. The little boy is the
central character, but his parents and the other children, the servants, the farm
animals and the farm life are just as feelingly described. Uggi thinking his mother
the most beautiful person in the world, Uggi learning plaited oaths, Uggi listening
wide-eyed to Old Begga's stories of trolls and the Little People, Uggi falling
asleep promptly at six every night is a living personality who wakes in us for-
gotten memories of our own childhood. The author is a well-known writer in
Scandinavia and we hope that many more of his books will be translated for
MEDICAL SCIENCE FOR THE LAYMAN
MEDICAL MAGIC, by David Dietz.
A popular, well-written, and informative account of the recent developments
in medicine and physiology. While we know that the modern physician does not
murmur incantations as an aid to diagnosis, some of his techniques and instru-
ments are rather mystifying to the uninformed layman. This book will clear up
some of the mysteries. Both popular and professional interest is now centered in
the glands, those unassuming bits of tissue tucked away in the most unlikely parts
of our anatomy, and responsible for the fundamental controls of body and mind.
A section of the book is devoted to the glands; what we do know about them is
almost as baffling is what we don't. Other sections deal with the nervous sys-
tem, surgery, and the advances in the fight against contagious diseases.
GREAT FINNISH COMPOSER
.JEAN SIBELIUS, his life and personality, by Karl Ekinan.
Sibelius presents that rare phenomenon, a composer whose works have be-
come classics in his lifetime. Now, at the age of seventy-two, he lives in seclu-
sion in order to compose in undisturbed quiet. Karl Ekman sought him out in
the little Finnish village, where he found Sibelius willing to be interviewed and
to talk of his musical life, of his travels and studies and friends. This book,
founded on these interviews, is consequently more authoritative than anything else
which has appeared about the composer. While it contains nothing about his
private life, it is a most valuable account of his musical development.
HERE AND THERE A MISCELLANY
NEW HAMPSHIRE: A guide to the Granite State.
The Federal Writers' Project has given the state its first guide book in
thirty-five years, and is to be congratulated for the general thoroughness with
which it has covered the state, its history, scenery, resources, etc., but one can but
regret evidences of some carelessness in writing or editing: a glaring example is
seen in the use of the name "David Towle" for Daniel Fowle, New Hampshire's
R. F. D., by Charles A. Smart.
A picture of life on an Ohio farm during the last decade, and as such is a
miscellany of fact and fancy, reminiscences and ideas, and something about govern-
ment policies as they touched the farm.
ITALY AGAINST THE WORLD, by George Martelli.
The author, an Englishman, has here written a full account of Italy's con-
quest of Ethiopia, together with its backgrounds originating in Italy's nineteenth
century colonial aspirations.
THE HIDDEN LINCOLN, from the letters and papers of William Herndon,
ed. by Emanuel Hertz.
Much material is here published for the first time, but little is added to the
interpretation of Lincoln than already to be found in the original Herndon biog-
raphy and subsequent studies.
PERSONS IN HIDING, by J. Edgar Hoover.
DIVIDED WE STAND, by Walter Prescott Webb.
In an important social study the author has divided the U. S. into three
sections-North, South, and West, and has shown that the North overwhelmingly
dominates the rest of the country economically and financially. At the present
time the North owns 80 to 90 per cent of all the wealth of the country.
JOHN JAY CHAPMAN AND HIS LETTERS, by M. A. DeWolfe Howe.
PEPITA, by V. Sackville-West.