Books: Happy Adventurer

YANKEE NOMAD by David Douglas Duncan. 480 pages. Holt, Rinenart & Winston. $23.

"Every time I walk out the door," David Douglas Duncan once said, "something blows up." An exaggeration perhaps, but typical and probably pardonable. There have been precious few major explosions in the world during the last 30 years at which earnest, hardworking Dave Duncan has not been present. Hung up on photography ever since he was 18, when his sister gave him a 39¢ camera, Kansas City-born Duncan came along just in time to help create a new professional caste; the...

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