Louis J. Halle Jr.

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Louis Joseph Halle Jr. (17 November 1910, New York City – 13 August 1998, Geneva, Switzerland) was an American naturalist, author, U.S. State Department official, and professor of international studies in Geneva.[1]

Halle received his bachelor's degree from Harvard University in 1932.

As a young man, he worked for a railway company in Central America and later with a publishing house in New York. For a year, he did graduate study in anthropology at Harvard, then explored boundary rivers between Guatemala and Mexico by mule and dugout canoe.[1]

He served in the US Army before World War II and in the Coast Guard during World War II. He was a Latin American specialist employed by the US State Department Policy Planning Staff from the mid 1940s to 1954. From 1954 to 1956 at the University of Virginia, he was a researcher on American foreign policy. He became in 1956 a professor at the Graduate Institute of International Studies in Geneva. He retired there as professor emeritus in 1973 but remained in Geneva.[1]

He was the author of 22 books.[1] In 1941 he received the John Burroughs Medal for Birds Against Men.[2]


Louis J. Halle Jr. married Barbara Mark in 1946 and was the father of five children.[1] The famous inventor and philanthropist Hiram Halle was a brother of Louis J. Halle, Sr.[3] and an uncle of Louis J. Halle Jr.

Selected publications[edit]

  • Transcaribbean: A Travel Book of Guatemala, El Salvador, British Honduras. NY; Toronto: Longmans, Green & Co. 1936; 311 pages{{cite book}}: CS1 maint: postscript (link)
  • Birds Against Men. NY: Viking Press. 1938; drawings by Lynd Ward, 228 pages{{cite book}}: CS1 maint: postscript (link)[4]
  • River of Ruins. NY: H. Hotl & Co. 1941; 334 pages{{cite book}}: CS1 maint: postscript (link)[5]
  • Spring in Washington. NY: William Sloane Associates. 1947; 225 pages{{cite book}}: CS1 maint: postscript (link)
  • Civilization and Foreign Policy: An Inquiry for Americans. NY: Harper. 1955.
  • Choice for Survival. NY: Harper. 1958.
  • Dream and Reality: Aspects of American Foreign Policy. NY: Harper. 1959.
  • Men and Nations. Princeton, N.J.: Princeton University Press. 1962.
  • Sedge. Frederick A. Praeger. 1963.[6]
  • The Society of Man. NY: Harper & Row. 1965.
  • The Cold War as History. NY: Harper & Row. 1967.
  • The Ideological Imagination: The Rise of Mass Bigotry in Our Time, and Its Roots in the Thought of Hobbes, Rousseau, and Marx. Chicago: Quadrangle Books. 1972.
  • The Sea and the Ice: A Naturalist in Antarctica. Audubon Library. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, in cooperation with the National Audubon Society. 1973.[7]
  • Out of Chaos. Boston: Houghton Mifflin. 1977.
  • The Appreciation of Birds. Baltimore: The Johns Hopkins University Press. 1989; drawings by Jens Gregersen, 140 pages{{cite book}}: CS1 maint: postscript (link)


  1. ^ a b c d e Barnes, Bart (22 August 1998). "Louis Halle Jr., Naturalist and Author, Dies at 87". The Washington Post.
  2. ^ Murphy, Patrick D.; Gifford,Terry; Yamazato, Katsunori, eds. (1998). Literature of nature: an international sourcebook. Taylor & Francis. p. 38.
  3. ^ "Domestic News". The Advocate: America's Jewish Journal. 62: 538. 7 January 1922.
  4. ^ Canby, Henry Seidel (23 April 1938). "Review of Birds Against Men by Louis J. Halle Jr". Saturday Review.
  5. ^ "Review of River of Ruins by Louis J. Halle Jr". Kirkus Reviews. 14 May 1941.
  6. ^ "Halle, Louis J." SFE, the Encyclopedia of Science Fiction. 4 April 2017.
  7. ^ "Review of The Sea and the Ice: A Naturalist in Antarctica by Louis J. Halle Jr". Kirkus Reviews. 13 June 1973.