Books: Recent & Readable: Feb. 26, 1940

FINLAND — J. Hampden Jackson —Macmillan ($2).

Finland is a close-knit, informative background book on that smooth-run, rather smug nation which, through no fault of its own, history and world sentiment have made into this decade's Brave-Little-Belgium. Finland, like every other nation, has faults as well as virtues; Mr. Jackson's book gains usefulness in pointing both out. The much praised, much compromised agrarian reforms were put through to "wean the masses from Communism." Trade-unions have little strength outside the towns; and Finland's population is four-fifths rural, works by thousands in out-of-town factories....

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