This is the first in a new series of books designed to show how people of different countries have dealt with the problems peculiar to their regions- in this case, the Dutch and their dikes. Patricia Lauber is general editor for the series which will include three new titles: in August on the Eskimos, the Rhone valley and North India. Until the full extent of the series is indicated we will continue to list each book separately by author...This one in particular outlines the history of Holland, briefly and with sole. reference to its relations with the ocean. The broad outlines of Earth's climatic trends are traced and we see how the dunes were created and how the Frisian came to live on them. Roman dikes follow and then with the balance, the greater part of the book, the accent is on the present and the terrific fights the Dutch have had to put up against such disastrous storms as the one in 1953. Human and mechanical angles are explored and much de made of the heroism and effort involved in the struggle against the awful floods as well as the actual paperwork and planning for the elaborate pumping and dike systems which have also taught much to the rest of the world. Emotionalized but informative.