GREENLAND by Vilhjalmur Stefansson


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Readable and full of interesting factual details about the early life and amazing geography of Greenland, but not the sort of book one feels one must read. Companion volume to the one on Iceland, and handled in much the same way. The author develops historical evidence and theories and arrives at new conclusions as to the early explorers, the disappearance of the mediaeval Norse colony, the social customs and government. Towards the close -- after a survey of the intervening history -- he puts forward new suggestions as to the strategic importance of the island to the United States in dominating the North Atlantic, contending that its value is not only as a stopping off place and a weather bureau, but as a landing field base. This would seem to be a timely book for rounding out one aspect of the Atlantic scene.

Pub Date: Nov. 13th, 1942
Publisher: Doubleday, Doran