Books: Statistical Shocker

BEHOLD OUR LAND—Russell Lord — Houghton Mifflin ($3).

Most books about the dangers of soil erosion fall into a class with attacks on man-eating sharks. The work of a veteran reporter for farm journals, Behold Our Land is far livelier than most, partly because Author Lord writes with unaffected moral indignation about the waste of U. S. natural resources, partly because he pictures that waste so vividly, but mainly because it is crammed with arresting figures. Some samples:

> Six inches of precious topsoil, on a hill near Author Lord's Maryland home, was formed...

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