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Birdseye Views of Far Lands

James T. Nichols (1865-?)

1. 00 - Introduction and Acknowledgment
2. 01 - The Land of Opposites - China
3. 02 - The Pearl of the Orient - Philippines
4. 03 - The Country America Opened to Civilization - Japan
5. 04 - The Transformation of a Nation - Korea
6. 05 - A Great Unknown Land - Manchuria
7. 06 - The Land of Sorrow - Siberia
8. 07 - The Home of Bolshevism - Russia
9. 08 - The Nation That Conquers the Sea - Holland
10. 09 - The Nation That the World Honors - Belgium
11. 10 - A Glimpse of America's Friend - France
12. 11 - Some Impressions of the Great Peace Conference
13. 12 - The Nightmare of Europe - Alsace-Lorraine
14. 13 - The Home of the Passion Play - Oberammergau
15. 14 - The Country Where the War Started - Servia
16. 15 - A World-Famous Land - Palestine
17. 16 - A World-Famous City - Jerusalem
18. 17 - A World-Famous River - The Jordan
19. 18 - The Playground of Moses - Egypt
20. 19 - A Country With a Thousand Rivers - Venezuela
21. 20 - A Land of Great Industries - Brazil
22. 21 - Uruguay and Paraguay
23. 22 - The Wonderful Argentine Republic
24. 23 - Yankeedom of South America - Chile
25. 24 - The Switzerland of South America - Bolivia
26. 25 - The Land of Mystery - Peru
27. 26 - The World's Great Crossroad - Panama Canal
28. 27 - The Seven Wonders of the World

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Birdseye Views of Far Lands is an interesting, wholesome presentation of something that a keen-eyed, alert traveler with the faculty of making contrasts with all classes of people in all sorts of places, in such a sympathetic way as to win their esteem and confidence, has been able to pick up as he has roamed over the face of the earth for a quarter of a century.The book is not a geography, a history, a treatise on sociology or political economy. It is a Human Interest book which appeals to the reader who would like to go as the writer has gone and to see as the writer has seen the conformations of surface, the phenomena of nature and the human group that make up what we call a "world."The reader finds facts indicating travel and study set forth in such vigorous, vivid style that the attention is held by a story while most valuable information is being obtained. The casual reader, the pupil in the public school and student in the high school, professional men and women, will all find the book at once highly interesting and instructive. In no other book with which I am acquainted can so much that is interesting be learned of the world in so short time and in such a pleasing way.Teachers in rural schools will find the book especially helpful. It will inspire the pupils in the upper grades in these schools to do some observation work themselves and to in this manner seek to learn their own localities better, while at the same time it will suggest the collection of materials about other countries, their peoples, products, characteristics and importance from sources other than text books.Every rural school as well as every high school and public library in the land should have one or more copies of this book.