Books: Baedeker Hollandaise

VAN LOON'S GEOGRAPHY—Hendrik Willem Van Loon—Simon & Schuster ($3.75).

Geography, physical and political, has never been made a very exciting subject in school. Smart Hendrik Willem Van Loon makes it exciting by taking it out of school and glorifying it. He is well-advised in having as publishers smart Simon & Schuster, high-pressure popularizers. Written in Van Loon's familiar, not to say impertinent style, as if he were talking to children but hoped to be overheard by grownups, the 525 pages are thickly plummed with sketches and maps,...

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