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Book Title: Strange Lands and Friendly People|
The author of the book: William O. Douglas
Edition: Harper and Brothers
Date of issue: 1951
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While this was an interesting read and I like Douglas's writing (having read his accounts of mountains), it was a book for its era -- one long past. The expansion of communism after the second world war and the contraditions of American policy in that time are the backdrop for this book. The book covers trips to countries between the Mediterranean and the Pacific in 1949 and 1950. Douglas is a keen observer but taints his observations with a concern for expansion of Russian influence in the region. For someone who wants that kind of perspective from that narrow time in our history, it is an interesting read. Otherwise, I don't recommend it.
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Read information about the authorWILLIAM O. DOUGLAS was born in Maine, Minnesota, on October 16, 1898, and raised in Yakima, Washington. He entered Whitman College in 1916, but his studies were interrupted by military service in World War I. Douglas was graduated from Whitman in 1920 and taught school for two years before attending law school at Columbia University. Upon graduation in 1925, he joined a New York law firm, but left two years later to spend one year in Yakima. He subsequently returned to teach law at Columbia University, and transferred to the faculty of Yale University in 1929. In 1936, President Franklin D. Roosevelt appointed Douglas to the Securities and Exchange Commission, and in 1937 he became Chairman. President Roosevelt nominated Douglas to the Supreme Court of the United States on April 15, 1939. The Senate confirmed the appointment on April 17, 1939. Douglas had the longest tenure of any Justice, serving on the Supreme Court for thirty-six years, spanning the careers of five Chief Justices. He retired on November 12, 1975, and died on January 19, 1980, at the age of eighty-one.
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