Books: Close Harmony

NORTH OF THE DANUBE—Erskine Caldwell & Margaret Bourke-White—Viking ($3).

A record of six months' travel in Czecho-Slovakia before Munich, North of the Danube contains eight sensitive, compact sketches by Erskine Caldwell, 64 photographs which include some of the best Margaret Bourke-White has done. Slighter than their classic word & picture study of the South, You Have Seen Their Faces, it unfortunately appears when Czecho-Slovakia is a last year's bird's nest. But this is a travel book with an interest which survives politics; even as its subject, the Czecho-Slovakian peasantry, will survive Hitler. Best sketch:...

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