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THE appearance of yet another book on Peary would scarcely attract much attention were it not written by an author of international reputation, one who knew both Peary and Greenland. Prof. Hobbs gives a hint in his preface as to the reason for writing the book, namely, that Peary, for various reasons, has never had “the full acclaim that was his due”. One of those reasons is the publication, in England and in America, of several books which, in no uncertain terms, pronounce that the claim of Peary to have reached the Pole was at least open to doubt, if not actually fraudulent. These books have had a vogue which must have deeply offended ardent supporters such as Prof. Hobbs. The real student of polar literature can have little regard for such books, and can only regret the existence of those writers to whom the phrase about bygones has no meaning at all, and who delight in resurrecting distasteful controversies of the past.


By William Herbert Hobbs. Pp. xv + 502 + 8 plates. (New York: The Macmillan Company, 1936.) 5 dollars.

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