The View From Lincoln Hill

by Paul Brooks, Houghton Mifflin, S8.95. Lincoln, abutting Concord of the rude bridge, must today be considered a suburb of Boston. It is an unusual suburb because the town has succeeded in retaining much open land and in restraining improvident developments. Mr. Brooks undertakes to account for the character of Lincoln by tracing the principle of public control of private land use back to the earliest colonial times, finding many humorous diversions along the route. But public control is not infallibly wise control. What happened or. more precisely, what did not happen in Lincoln, and why, is never truly explained.