Books: RECENT & READABLE, Jul. 30, 1951

Yangtse Incident, by Lawrence Earl. The story of H.M.S. Amethyst's memorable nighttime dash down the Yangtse after 101 days under Communist guns (TIME, July 23).

The Catcher in the Rye, by J. D. Salinger. A tender-tough story about a 16-year-old who tries on a man-about-town role several sizes too large for him (TIME, July 16).

The Sea Around Us, by Rachel Carson. The life & times of the sea; a first-class popular summary of what scientists have managed to learn about the subject (TIME, July 16).

Traveller's Samples, by Frank O'Connor. Warmhearted Irish stories with an edge to them (TIME, July 16).

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