Books: World's End, Hudson Division

THE HUDSON RIVER by Robert H. Boyle. 304 pages. Norton. $6.95.

Nowadays, those little men in the funnies carrying signs reading THE END OF THE WORLD IS AT HAND need only walk as far as the nearest publisher's office to get the message printed. The latest Jeremiah to join the prophets of ecological disaster is Robert Boyle, who is concerned with the Hudson River and man's efforts to turn this noble flood into a squalid sewer.

If this were all, Boyle's book would be merely a timely polemic on an important and fashionable topic. But Boyle, a staff member for SPORTS ILLUSTRATED, is...

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