A journalist -- not a citizen of the U.S.S.R. -- visits the Arctic, and reports not only his own amazing experiences, but his findings, and what is back of them. One cannot fail to pay homage to the imagination and courage and constructive enterprise which is making possible one of the most exciting experiments in the world today, the reclaiming for civilization vast territories preempted by nature for waste lands. A new nation, virtually, is being born, new supplies of the earth's treasures are being made available, science is tapping new sources and using new devices to make life not only possible, but a challenge to the adventurous-minded and an answer to pressing problems of need of expanding territory. The world is only beginning to hear of what is going on -- this book is front page news. And it is first rate reading.