A PICTORIAL GUIDE TO MANY LANDS: The British Commonwealth by W.J. Ed. Turner


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This book is misleading in appearance, so note well its subtitle (which appears only on the inside of the jacket) and its content. It is a valuable contribution to better knowledge of our fighting allies of the British Commonwealth, but is net a book of opinion, but rather one of fact. Seven authors (among them Lady Tweeds who writes of Canada, and Marsh who writes of Australia, and Sarah Gertrude Millin who writes of South Africa) have contributed ""essays"" on these parts of the Empire on which they can speak authoritatively. Brief historical sketches, descriptive paragraphs on the country and the people and the way of life give ample feel of each part of the Empire. But the scope of the book is not sufficiently broad to permit controversial matters, and one closes it with a sense of incompleteness, of having required a more vivid pictorial and human sense of these great people, but of having seen only one side of the picture. A final chapter poses some of the unanswered questions of liberal and progressive colonial policy and the responsibilities accruing. The book is liberally illustrated with 178 beautifully reproduced photographs of scenes, people and events, and 46 full-color reproductions. The type pages are uneven-and often difficult to read, with some broken letters and grey tones.

Pub Date: March 7th, 1944
Publisher: Hastings House