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A Century Of Outdoor Reading

“The Best of Field & Stream,” edited by J.I. Merritt (Lyons & Burford, 31 W21st, New York, 10010, $25).

For 100 years, Field & Stream magazine has catered to America’s love for the outdoor sporting life, publishing some of the best stories about fishing, hunting, nature and conservation.

This book is more than a collection of the publication’s best essays. It’s a record of how Americans have practiced their sport and viewed their environment in this century.

Forty-five pieces were selected from authors such as A.J. McClane, Corey Ford, George Reiger, Robert Ruark, Roderick Haig-Brown, Ted Trueblood, Keith McCafferty, Gene Hill, Bill Tarrant and Zane Grey.

Anglers will find a wealth here. But so will bird dog enthusiasts, hunters and sentimentalists. Readers looking for a good laugh will enjoy Ed Zern’s “How to hunt chukars.” Historians must read “The last buffalo hunt” by Jim Merritt.

Fiction and non-fiction mesh together in this book for many evenings of fine reading and reminiscing.

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