The taste for adventure books continued strong throughout the year. Men who climbed mountains, dived below the surface of the sea or went exploring the jungle wrote books almost before they had caught their breath. All year there were books about foreign and national affairs, but it was hard to find real eye-openers or mind-stretchers among them. The literary critics, humorists and personal essayists seemed to be hibernating.

THE CONQUEST OF EVEREST, by Sir John Hunt, was the high point in mountain-climbing literature, an impressively solid description of the planning and the kind...

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