Books: Magnetic Traveler

JOURNEY TO MANAOS—Earl P. Hanson —Reynal & Hitchcock ($3).

Not so romantic as its title, neither is this travel book so ponderous as the official title of the one-man expedition it tells about—the Carnegie Institution's Expedition for Study of the Earth's Magnetic Behavior. A mixture of guidebook, adventure story, anthropological study, social & political commentary, covering a 2,000-mile trip through the jungles of Venezuela and Brazil, Journey to Manaos tells next to nothing about terrestrial magnetism. Author Hanson dutifully did the job he went to do, but he records more magnetic attractions above ground than underneath it.

Scare stories prepared him for a...

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