World Waterfall Database
Book Review

Principal Waterfalls of the World

Brockman, C. Frank (author)

Yosemite Nature Notes, 1945
Edition 1
Format Broshure
Print Style Black and White
Book Type Reference
Page Count 32
In Print? No
Picture quality (2)
Picture Quantity (3)
Accuracy of Content (3)
Thoroughness of Content (2)
Production Value (2)

Reviewed by Dean Goss

Principal Waterfalls of the World (And Their Relation to Those in Yosemite National Park) is a brochure that is similar in quality to an old National Geographic Magazine. I suspect many of us poured through old editions of the National Geographic (that is, before they lost sight of their name and started to become the Geopolitical rag they now are...) to catch scenes of exotic and foreign locales. This booklet scratches that itch pretty nicely.

It's a small brochure, only 32 pages in length but it addresses many notable waterfalls of the world. It is sometimes quaint in its structure and reflects the knowledge of waterfalls circa 1945. There is a certain amount of misinformation, but this was due to the sources cited within the booklet, rather than any sloppy data tracking by the author. For example, Angel Falls had yet to be properly surveyed (the National Geographic Society sponsored the first survey in 1952). There is a generic mention of "Bella Coola Falls" which could be any of a dozen large waterfalls in the region.
Much of the information is an early collection of the limited source material available at the time. While certainly not definitive, it is at least philosophically consistent with our beliefs at the World Waterfall Database.

The Bottom Line: I find it fascinating, albeit of limited depth. The average waterfall lover won't have much use for it.

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