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THE SAGA or FRIDTJOF NANSEX—Jon Sorensen—Norton ($4.50).

His Viking ancestors would have approved the first part of the late great Fridtjof Nansen's life, would have misunderstood or laughed at the second.

Even his contemporaries may not be sure which was better: the three-year Arctic expedition in the From or the ten years as League of Nations man, during which Nansen won the Nobel Peace Prize. Biographer Sorensen is not concerned with casting up his hero's accounts: he points to all of Nansen's achievements with unwavering pride.

Fridtjof Nansen (1861-1930) was born into a carefully wealthy,...

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