The Arctic territories are large; the book is small--but concise, and it does succeed in introducing the physical and natural variety that the region encompasses. The geography and wild life of the Arctic (which, incidentally includes more than the Arctic circle) are sufficiently described and the major groups of people reasonably characterized. Of particular interest are the chapters that deal with the Arctic of the present--the ways that different nations have developed it, and describes many of its potentialities. The black and white photographs are inadequate in details but help to support some of the information of the text. A good beginning book which may help readers to warm up to the polar basin.