Books: Magic Carpets

RUSSIA (152 pp.); FRANCE (176 pp.); ITALY (160 pp.)—LIFE World Library ($2.95 each).

Thomas Jefferson once said that France was every American's second country. The sentiment has a strangely parochial sound to the contemporary U.S. ear. Since World War II, every American's second country has been the world. In Athens and Tokyo, in Addis Ababa and Zanzibar, there is sure to be an American—quiet or noisy, ugly or handsome, but always as insatiably curious as his camera's eye.

In a fresh publishing venture, Time Inc. is issuing armchair passports to this new U.S. breed...

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