Books: White Tragedy

HELL ON ICE — Commander Edward Ellsberg—Dodd, Mead ($2.75).

Of all the hard-driving figures in U. S. journalism, the demoniac James Gordon Bennett of the New York Herald was the most reckless, the most imaginative. Before he was 30 he had sent H. M. Stanley to Africa with blunt orders to find Livingstone. For circulation's sake he sent out scientific expeditions, wangled government support for his journalistic adventures and launched balloon races that started as many as 50 gas bags blowing wildly over the U. S. Nobody knows what wires Bennett pulled in Rutherford Hayes's Administration to persuade the U. S....

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