Birdseye Views of Far Lands

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(4.5 stars; 2 reviews)

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. (Summary from book's Introduction.) (6 hr 23 min)


Introduction and Acknowledgment 4:30 Read by RudeJohn
The Land of Opposites - China 14:32 Read by Denny Sayers (d. 2015)
The Pearl of the Orient - Philippines 16:47 Read by JoeD
The Country America Opened to Civilization - Japan 15:55 Read by Denny Sayers (d. 2015)
The Transformation of a Nation - Korea 15:08 Read by Easton
A Great Unknown Land - Manchuria 17:57 Read by Easton
The Land of Sorrow - Siberia 17:19 Read by theunknownchristian
The Home of Bolshevism - Russia 15:55 Read by theunknownchristian
The Nation That Conquers the Sea - Holland 13:00 Read by Edith van der Have-Raats
The Nation That the World Honors - Belgium 14:06 Read by Guero
A Glimpse of America's Friend - France 12:06 Read by Heather Hamtil
Some Impressions of the Great Peace Conference 12:15 Read by Hugh Gillis
The Nightmare of Europe - Alsace-Lorraine 10:12 Read by ToddHW
The Home of the Passion Play - Oberammergau 15:36 Read by Cheri Gardner
The Country Where the War Started - Servia 16:23 Read by Easton
A World-Famous Land - Palestine 13:17 Read by Easton
A World-Famous City - Jerusalem 13:12 Read by Easton
A World-Famous River - The Jordan 12:23 Read by Easton
The Playground of Moses - Egypt 14:44 Read by Hugh Gillis
A Country With a Thousand Rivers - Venezuela 11:59 Read by TriciaG
A Land of Great Industries - Brazil 15:01 Read by Leni
Uruguay and Paraguay 13:02 Read by TriciaG
The Wonderful Argentine Republic 13:25 Read by TriciaG
Yankeedom of South America - Chile 14:05 Read by TriciaG
The Switzerland of South America - Bolivia 10:53 Read by TriciaG
The Land of Mystery - Peru 12:19 Read by TriciaG
The World's Great Crossroad - Panama Canal 13:41 Read by TriciaG
The Seven Wonders of the World 13:39 Read by Hugh Gillis



(5 stars)

I am a world traveler and am learning new things in this book. I am really enjoying it. So far. very well read.