After the promising introduction, which reads like an echo of Halliburton, this book on Antarctica becomes cold indeed. The account depicts the bleak refrigeration of the land, the history of early exploration, and elements of life on American bases where young scientists are advancing the search for knowledge. On the whole, the writing lacks human interest. The hopeful conclusion--that Antarctica will become a crucible for international cooperation--seems rather exaggerated. Lewis' A Continent for Science (1965, p. 44-J-158) is an adult book, but worth the effort for interested young readers.