Too bad this kind of geography isn't taught in schools of the U.S.A. as well as schools of the USSR. Specifically, this is a text book, but a text book that it would be well for national and international planners everywhere to study. Not as a matter of conversion to the acceptance of the theories implicit therein, but for better understanding of (a) the historical background, (b) the historical developments, (c) the goals. The intimate interrelation of geographic and ethnological facts with development of resources, of transportation and distribution facilities, and the human elements thereof makes revealing reading. The book surveys the distribution of productive forces, character of natural conditions, distribution of population, industry, agriculture and transportation, against first the Czarist period, then the USSR. An introduction presents the Soviet view of the science of economic geography and points out the fallacies of other views. A convincing case is made for the need of such a study and its relation to socialist construction.