Eminently readable account of the author's travels to --and stay -- in Igarka, Soviet port of 6 years' growth. A good picture of the scope of Soviet progress in all fields, of the opening up of the northern sea route, of the contribution made by women to pioneering. There are numerous good pictures of the people she met, detailed descriptions of the conditions under which they lived, the progressive work they were doing. It is enthusiastic, alive, full of human interest -- and lightened with the personal evaluation of things experienced, which gives it distinct appeal for the average reader. Her fitness for the assignment -- the youngest woman ever awarded a PHD from Cologne, a traveling fellowship over all of Europe, an assignment from the Herald-Tribune to fly to Igarka and make this report -- evidenced in the text of this story.