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Mark Hanna's "Moral Cranks" and--Others: A Study of To-day, "Mul" [William H. Muldoon]
1 "Mul" [William H. Muldoon] Mark Hanna's "Moral Cranks" and--Others: A Study of To-day
Brooklyn NY George F. Spinney Company 1900 First Edition Hardcover Very Good 
(no dust jacket) [some soiling/spotting to page edges and spine, rear hinge just starting, minor bumping to several corners]. (B&W photo frontispiece portrait of author) An examination of the then-current state of American politics, particularly with regard to the influence of Socialist ideology. Mark Hanna, whose quote disparaging a political opponent as a "moral crank" inspired the book's title, was a prominent Republican businessman and politician, who served as a U.S. Senator from 1897 to 1904 and was a close confidant and advisor to William McKinley both before and during his Presidency. (His relationship to and influence over McKinley has been compared to that of Karl Rove with respect to George W. Bush.) 
Price: 25.00 USD
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Power in Transition, Abrams, Ernest R.
2 Abrams, Ernest R. Power in Transition
New York Charles Scribner's Sons 1940 1st Edition ("A") Hardcover Very Good+ in Good dj 
[good solid book, top corners bumped, some discoloration to endpapers, age-browning to page edges; jacket edgeworn, moderately soiled, spine browned and somewhat stained, minor chipping at spine ends]. A comprehensive, region-by-region examination of New Deal-sponsored public power projects throughout the United States. The author "analyzed their costs, traced their history through Congress, surveyed the natural resources and the population figures in each area involved, has collected figures showing the amount of power each project is producing at present and the amount it can produce, and the consumer possibilities both present and future. He reports on the engineering problems involved in each construction job and gives a frank judgment, backed up by authentic documents, on the value to the nation of over sixty major projects costing $2,000,000 or more each. ... This is the first book to give the complete and unified picture." 
Price: 25.00 USD
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The People Talk: American Voices from the Great Depression, Appel, Benjamin
3 Appel, Benjamin The People Talk: American Voices from the Great Depression
New York Simon & Schuster/Touchstone 1982 (c.1940) 0671438093 / 9780671438098 1st thus Softcover Near Fine 
[nice and tight, a little edgewear to covers, remainder stamp on bottom edge]. Trade PB Reprint of this oral history of the Great Depression, originally published in 1940; new introduction by Nathan Glazer. 
Price: 7.00 USD
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Airmail Antics, Boughner, Fred
4 Boughner, Fred Airmail Antics
Sidney OH Amos Press, Inc. (c.1988) 0-940403-08-0 / 9780940403086 First Edition Softcover Near Fine 
[a tight, clean copy with just a few traces of handling wear]. Trade PB (B&W photograph, facsimiles) "Thrilling Stories of the Pioneer U.S. Government Airmail Service," promises the cover blurb, and it certainly provides that -- but this history of the U.S. Air Mail Service, covering its early glory years (1918-1934) is just as much about the stamps as about the airplanes. In fact, over half the book's illustrations are not of planes or intrepid pilots, but are reproductions of envelopes -- postmarked, sometimes decorated (with graphics or commemorations of historic flights), and of course always bearing Air Mail stamps. (Not surprising at all to note that this was issued by the same publisher who puts out "Linn's Stamp News" and the Scott stamp albums and catalogs.) 
Price: 12.00 USD
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Voices from the Camps: Internment of Japanese Americans During World War II, Brimner, Larry Dane
5 Brimner, Larry Dane Voices from the Camps: Internment of Japanese Americans During World War II
New York Franklin Watts (c.1994) 0-531-11179-2 / 9780531111796 3rd printing Hardcover Near Fine in Very Good+ dj Illustrated by (dj design) Stephen Savage 
[minimal shelfwear to book; jacket has a couple of tiny closed tears at top edge, minor scuff wear along spine]. (B&W photographs) "In the moving book, Japanese Americans tell in their own words of their experiences during the evacuation to internment camps" in the months following Pearl Harbor. Although not explicitly stated as such, this would appear to be targeted to high school-age readers. Source notes; glossary; selected bibliography; index. 
Price: 20.00 USD
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A History of the Chicago Ladies' Garment Workers' Union, Carsel, Wilfred
6 Carsel, Wilfred A History of the Chicago Ladies' Garment Workers' Union
Chicago Normandie House 1940 First Edition Hardcover Very Good+ 
(no dust jacket) [light shelfwear, slight bumping to bottom corners, gilt spine lettering somewhat dulled but completely readable; binding firm, no markings in text]. (B&W photographs) From the introduction: "Most books on labor preoblems discuss broad national movements and issues but do not touch the living, breathing, local units which are the basic realities. In short, most such books seem unable to see the trees because of the forest. Mr. Carsel's book tells the interesting story of the men and women who during the last half century have made women's clothing in Chicago, and of their struggles to establish a greater degree of industrial democracy." Appendices; Notes; Glossary; Bibliography; Index. Ten photographic plates, including portraits of Morris Bialis, M.A. Goldstein, and David Dubinsky. 
Price: 18.00 USD
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Another Part of the Fifties, Carter, Paul A.
7 Carter, Paul A. Another Part of the Fifties
New York Columbia University Press (c.1983) 0-231-05222-7 / 9780231052221 3rd printing Hardcover Fine in Near Fine dj 
[very faint soiling to top edge; jacket shows minimal surface wear]. (B&W photographs, cartoons) History of the 1950's that "rescues this much-maligned decade from the oblivion to which it has undeservedly been consigned. Far from being stagnant, [the author] argues, the fifties had a richness, both political and cultural, that we are only now beginning to appreciate. It was an era of self-confidence and growth, when Americans were attempting to tell each other--and the world--who they were and where they thought they were going." 
Price: 15.00 USD
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America's Italian Founding Fathers, Caso, Adolph
8 Caso, Adolph America's Italian Founding Fathers
Boston Branden Press (c.1975) 0-8283-1610-4 / 9780828316101 First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Very Good+ dj 
[a trace of wear to bottom edge, minor soiling to top edge, in all other respects a nice clean book; jacket a little edgeworn, red lettering on spine faded to pink but still readable, one tiny closed tear near top front hinge, minor scrape mark at top of spine]. This "Special Bicentennial Publication" highlights "the direct and indirect role the Italians played during America's formative years when the Declaration of Causes, the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and the Bill of Rights were published to the world. William Paca, Charles Bellini, Philip Mazzei, and Joseph F. Vigo were but few Italians physically present during those years. John Fabbroni, and John and Cesare Beccaria, on the other hand, did more to inspire men such as George Washington, Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, and John Adams than is generally known." The book seems to have basically one thing on its mind, namely demonstrating that Beccaria's 1764 work "Dei delitti e delle pene" ("An Essay on Crimes and Punishments") "may have been the single most influential book of the second half of the eighteenth century, having influenced both Europeans and Americans of the Revolutionary period." The bulk of the present volume, in fact, is devoted to a facsimile reproduction of a copy of the English-language edition -- not just any copy, mind you, but the copy that had belonged to John Adams himself. The author's comments and notes are appended thereto, and also published in this volume (purportedly for the first time) is an Italian translation of the Declaration of Independence -- which includes "six entries which give additional information not found in the final edition adopted by Congress." (Say what? There was *more* stuff that the Blues and the Reds could still be fighting over today?) All in all, an interesting alternate take on the birth of the nation, although I'm not enough of an historian to say whether the author's quasi-conspiracy theory (which claims that "our American scholars have disregarded this part of Americana even though there are abundant documents to attest to a most fertile activity and interaction") really holds water. (And maybe it's just me, but when I see John Adams and Thomas Jefferson so prominently featured on the dust jacket, it raises the question: "Wait, Adams and Jefferson were two of our Italian Founding Fathers?" Who knew?! Next thing you know, somebody'll be claiming that Barack Obama is half a white guy!) 
Price: 25.00 USD
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Child Labor in City Streets, Clopper, Edward N.
9 Clopper, Edward N. Child Labor in City Streets
New York The Macmillan Company 1913 (c.1912) NO 2nd printing Hardcover Very Good+ in Very Good dj 
[dust-darkening to top edge, otherwise a nice solid copy with only minimal handling wear; jacket moderately soiled (especially at edges), slightly browned at spine, a few tiny tears]. (one photographic plate, tables, forms) Study focusing an "a neglected form of child labor," namely that performed by "newsboys, bootblacks, peddlers, messengers and other juvenile street workers." The author makes a case that this work should not simply be regulated, but actually prohibited. Especially interesting are the appendixes, which reproduce a number of forms then in use for the licensing and regulation of newsboys. There are six pages of publisher's ads at the back of the book, four of which are devoted to "notable works by Miss Jane Addams." Very uncommon in the dust jacket. 
Price: 85.00 USD
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The Lost Generation: A Portrait of American Youth Today, Davis, Maxine
10 Davis, Maxine The Lost Generation: A Portrait of American Youth Today
New York The Macmillan Company 1936 First Edition Hardcover Good 
(no dust jacket) [decent reading/reference copy, small chunk of cloth missing at top of spine, moderate external soiling, darkening to spine cloth, one-time owner's name and date on front pastedown; front hinge a little tender, but not split or separated]. The author's preface states: "This book is a portrayal of a condition which demands both an immediate remedy and a long-range program, for it deals with that most perishable of all commodities: youth. ... I have endeavored to show the characteristics, the opportunities, the handicaps, the needs, and our chance to help the boys and girls in this country who face the most difficult situation which has ever confronted youth in the history of this nation. ... This volume makes no pretense of scientifically based authority. It is the work of a journalist: the result of observation, analysis, eclecticism, personal opinion, and personal conclusion. For it, I gathered the material as any reporter covers a story: I went out over the country and collected it, adding to my findings the studies and research of some years of journalistic writing in this field." 
Price: 20.00 USD
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The Ground We Stand On: Some Examples from the History of a Political Creed, Dos Passos, John
11 Dos Passos, John The Ground We Stand On: Some Examples from the History of a Political Creed
New York Harcourt, Brace & Co. 1941 First Edition Hardcover Good 
(no dust jacket) [solid copy, with moderate overall wear, darkening/discoloration to spine, top edge soiled]. 
Price: 10.00 USD
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Antislavery: The Crusade for Freedom in America, Dumond, Dwight Lowell
12 Dumond, Dwight Lowell Antislavery: The Crusade for Freedom in America
Ann Arbor The University of Michigan Press (c.1961) First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Very Good+ dj 
[a very nice copy, with just a bit of wear to spine ends, NOT ex-library; jacket in beautiful condition, faint soiling to flaps, would rate nearly Fine but for the price-clipping]. (B&W illustrations) "This work of dedicated scholarship and immense learning reveals with extraordinary force the truth behind the Civil War. On these pages you will see the battle waged in constitutional conventions, legislative halls, courtrooms, churches, schools, in the hearts of men, and finally on the battle field. You will see ill manners turn to brutality. Printing presses are destroyed, schools closed, churches, private homes, and public buildings burned, the mails pillaged, men beaten, stoned, hanged, and shot. And there appear the men and women who before the Civil War courageously fought that all America might be free: the mystic John Woolman, tailor from New Jersey; the distinguished Philadelphia physician Benjamin Rush; the most remarkable Samuel Doak; the brilliant Denmark Vesey; the lonely, wandering saddle maker, Benjamin Lundy; the fearless Angelina Grimké. This life work of the notable American historian Dwight L. Dumond is a major testament for our time, essential reading for anyone interested in justice and equality under the law." 
Price: 12.00 USD
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Unmarked Grave: Remembering an American Patriot, Gilberstadt, Debra Pack
13 Gilberstadt, Debra Pack Unmarked Grave: Remembering an American Patriot
(n.p.) Eslinger House Publishing (c.2005) 0-97630330-2 / 9780976303305 First Edition Hardcover Fine in Near Fine dj Illustrated by (dj design & illustration) Robert Gray 
[a very nice copy, absolutely no wear at all to the book; jacket shows just a trace of surface handling wear]. Historical semi-fiction about a soldier in the Continental Army during the American Revolution, one William Robertson. The author, Robertson's great-granddaughter, while doing genealogical research to confirm a family relationship to Patrick Henry, instead "discovered a lesser-known hero [Robertson] in an unmarked grave, and slowly peeled back the layers of time to unveil him. The story combines fact, family stories, and flights of fancy to present a historically accurate evocation of the time surrounding America's turbulent birth." (I dunno -- "flights of fancy" are not generally all that conducive to historical accuracy.) 
Price: 20.00 USD
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Back to Work: The Story of PWA, Ickes, Harold L.
14 Ickes, Harold L. Back to Work: The Story of PWA
New York The Macmillan Company 1935 First Edition Hardcover Very Good+ 
(no dust jacket) [solid copy, a couple of light spots on spine, minor soiling to top pages edges; internally clean, binding strong]. (B&W photographs) FDR's Secretary of the Interior tells of the accomplishments of the PWA (Public Works Administration) in its first two years. Part of the first wave of Roosevelt's New Deal programs, its initial two-year budget of $3.3 billion was distributed to more than 15,000 individual construction projects, including airports, dams, highways, bridges, schools, hospitals and public housing. One of the key figures in the implementation of the New Deal, Ickes was one of only two of FDR's original Cabinet members to remain in office throughout the President's four terms in office. (PWA differed from its similarly-named rival agency, the WPA, in that the PWA assisted with funding and administration of projects which were actually carried out by private construction companies, whereas the WPA hired (and paid) people directly to work on smaller-scale projects in cooperation with local governments.) 
Price: 30.00 USD
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Cocoanut Grove, Keyes, Edward
15 Keyes, Edward Cocoanut Grove
New York Atheneum 1984 0-689-11406-0 / 9780689114069 First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Near Fine dj Illustrated by (dj design) Mike Stromberg 
[nice tight clean copy, the barest trace of shelfwear to bottom edge; jacket shows very light handling wear]. (frontispiece diagram) "A spellbinding, minute-by-minute account of the most famous disaster in American history -- the fire in Boston's Cocoanut Grove nightclub that, on November 28, 1942, claimed 491 lives. In a masterful work of reportage, [the author] has re-created that terrible night -- the horror of the fire, the heroics of the medical workers (that night Boston hospitals treated more burn victims than London's did on the worst night of the Blitz), the stories of the victims and their families. And he follows the stories of the survivors, those who, miraculously, recovered and those who finally succumbed. [The book] also probes the causes of the calamity, and reveals the benefits that rose from its ashes: innovative methods of burn treatment, the first general use of the new wonder drug penicillin, the tougher fire laws that resulted nationwide." 
Price: 50.00 USD
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Our Town: Race, Housing, and the Soul of Suburbia, Kirp, David L., John P. Dwyer, and Larry A. Rosenthal
16 Kirp, David L., John P. Dwyer, and Larry A. Rosenthal Our Town: Race, Housing, and the Soul of Suburbia
New Brunswick NJ Rutgers University Press (c.1995) 0-8135-2253-6 / 9780813522531 First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Near Fine dj Illustrated by (dj photo) William Eggleston 
[nearly flawless copy, minor spot of soiling at top corner of front cover but no other discernible wear; jacket shows very light wear and minor wrinkling at top of front panel, minor surface wear]. (B&W photographs, cartoons) History of the Mount Laurel decision, "the Brown v. Board of Education of fair housing," a case "that spanned two decades and remade the suburban landscape" of Camden, New Jersey, and its neighbor, Mount Laurel Township. 
Price: 12.00 USD
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The Making of the Prefident [President] 1789: The Unauthorized Campaign Biography [*SIGNED*], Kitman, Marvin
17 Kitman, Marvin The Making of the Prefident [President] 1789: The Unauthorized Campaign Biography [*SIGNED*]
New York Harper & Row (c.1989) 0-06-015981-2 / 9780060159818 First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Very Good dj Illustrated by (dj design) One Plus One Studio Signed by Author
[book has only minimal shelfwear, very slight scuffing to page edges; jacket a little soiled, one-inch split at bottom front foldover INSCRIBED humorously ("All you ever wanted to know about the Floundering Fathers!") and SIGNED by the author on the half-title page. Tongue-in-cheek history of the 1789 Presidential campaign, in which George Washington ran unopposed and received 100% of the vote -- circumstances that did NOT, the author assures us, result from a communist conspiracy. "The hot, infide ftory of how George Washington got to be Prefident, and a monument and a bridge and the quarter and a city and a turnpike and the one dollar bill and elementary schools all across this country." Signed by Author 
Price: 15.00 USD
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November Patriots: The Murder of John F. Kennedy, Kritzberg, Constance, and Larry Hancock
18 Kritzberg, Constance, and Larry Hancock November Patriots: The Murder of John F. Kennedy
Colorado Springs CO UnderCover Press (c.1998) 0-9667281-0-6 / 9780966728101 First Edition Softcover Good 
[nice-looking copy with light external wear, BUT be aware that there is a considerable amount of blue hi-liting through the last one-third of the book]. Trade PB (maps, photographs, drawings) This "part novel, part research text" about the events of November 22, 1963 presents "dozens of pages of official documents and illustrations, including documents suppressed or altered during the official investigation." (Or perhaps, in the spirit of the thing, they should say "official investigation"; or maybe official "investigation.") The binding and organization of the book are actually a little confusing: the fictional portion (by Ms. Kritzberg) is completely separate from the "research text" (by Mr. Hancock), which is entitled "Full Disclosure" -- and one part of THAT, just to make things a little more complicated, was written by another contributor ("The Texas Mafia" by Madeleine Brown). It's pretty much all here: the grassy knoll, suppression/manipulation of evidence, eye- and ear-witnesses galore, the Cubans!, etc. Author Kritzberg was a newspaper reporter in Dallas who covered the original story and, it seems, just kept on covering it. 
Price: 35.00 USD
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Hidden Terrors, Langguth, A.J.
19 Langguth, A.J. Hidden Terrors
New York Pantheon Books (c.1978) 0-394-40674-5 / 9780394406749 First Edition Hardcover Very Good+ in Very Good dj Illustrated by (dj design) Bob Korn 
(price-clipped) [slight bump to top front corner, minor shelfwear, generally a solid clean book; jacket shows only a bit of surface wear, would rate a little higher but for the price-clipping]. Presenting "the truth about U.S. police operations in Latin America," the book "tells about how the CIA, the Pentagon, and hundreds of U.S. police advisors encouraged the overthrow of democracy in Brazil and set up a pattern for military takeovers in Uruguay, Chile, and Argentina." The focus of the book is Dan Mitrione, a U.S. police advisor from Indiana whose "job led him inextricably and without resistance into a web of brutality and torture"; the character played by Yves Montand in Costa-Gavras's 1972 film STATE OF SIEGE was based on Mitrione. 
Price: 25.00 USD
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The Agony of the American Left, Lasch, Christopher
20 Lasch, Christopher The Agony of the American Left
New York Alfred A. Knopf 1969 NO 2nd printing Hardcover Fine in Near Fine dj Illustrated by (dj design) Arnold Skolnick 
[a clean unblemished book with no discernible wear; jacket shows light surface wear, very minor wrinkling along top edge]. "A critical study of American radicalism since the 1920's, from the early successes of the Old Left and its subsequent defense of the status quo, to the failure of the new activists -- black and white -- to convert protest into programs." Lasch (1932-1994), an iconoclastic historian and social critic whose cultural conservatism was infused with ideas derived from Marxist economics and Freudian critical theory, won a National Book Award for his 1979 best-seller "The Culture of Narcissism." 
Price: 20.00 USD
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