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Those War Women, by One of Them
1 Those War Women, by One of Them
New York Coward-McCann 1929 NO First Edition Hardcover Very Good+ in Good dj 
[a bit of wear to book extremities, small attractive vintage bookplate on front pastedown; jacket worn and rubbed, with shallow chipping along top edge, light spotting/soiling]. "This anonymous diary of a woman participant in the A.E.F. [American Expeditionary Force] is a peculiar human document that must stand with others of the great war. The writer who has woven her staccato series of ten years ago into a formal and continuous record will stir a thousand memories of Bordeaux, Tours, Paris, Le Mans, Malo, for the men and women who were there -- and for their friends." In a Postscript (placed at the front of the book), the author explains how the book was assembled from her letters and diaries, rediscovered by her family years after the fact. She relates how she showed the book, in manuscript, to "a man whose literary judgment I value highly. He said it was trivial and squalid. It is. We were trivial. The things through which we passed were squalid. War performed no miracle in them or us." 
Price: 60.00 USD
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Spy in the Vatican 1941-45, Bokun, Branko
2 Bokun, Branko Spy in the Vatican 1941-45
New York Praeger Publishers 1973 First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Near Fine dj Illustrated by (dj design) Melvyn Gill 
[very nice copy, just the slightest bit of wear to cloth at spine ends, otherwise flawless; faint rubbing to rear panel of jacket, one tiny closed tear at top edge of rear panel]. (B&W photographs) "Sent by the Yugoslav Red Cross to seek Vatican intervention on behalf of Orthodox Serbs, Jews, and Gypsies who were being slaughtered by fanatic Croatian Catholics, the young author became involved in the underworld of the Eternal City -- a world people by adventurers, spies, crooks, deserters, escaped prisoners-of-war, and 'normal criminals.' Wartime Rome was a hotbed of international espionage and intrigue, and this remarkable journal chronicles the machinations of Catholic clergymen, Nazis, Communists, and the Allies as a tragicomedy in which fear played the leading role." 
Price: 12.00 USD
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Secrets of Electronic Espionage, Carroll, John M.
3 Carroll, John M. Secrets of Electronic Espionage
New Yrok E.P. Dutton & Co. 1966 First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Very Good+ dj Illustrated by (dj design) Robert Korn 
[nice clean copy, slight wear to cloth at base of spine, pencilled annotation regarding original purchase on rear fep; jacket slightly edgeworn, a little rubbing to spine, tiny bit of wrinkling at bottom right-hand corner of front panel]. (B&W photographs) History of electronic spying, from intercepted radio signals in World War I to the era of observer satellites. 
Price: 12.00 USD
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Beans, Bullets, and Black Oil: The Story of Fleet Logistics Afloat in the Pacific During World War II, Carter, (Rear Admiral) Worrall Reed
4 Carter, (Rear Admiral) Worrall Reed Beans, Bullets, and Black Oil: The Story of Fleet Logistics Afloat in the Pacific During World War II
Washington DC U.S. Government Printing Office (for the Department of the Navy) 1953 NO First Edition Hardcover Very Good+ 
(no dust jacket, probably as issued) [solid copy, minimal shelfwear, light wear and some very faint uneven fading to covers, covers slightly bowed, minor age-toning to top edge, one-time owner's name and date of purchase on half-title page; folding map tipped-in between pages 404 and 405 is in excellent condition except for short diagonal corner crease from careless folding]. (B&W photographs, charts, maps) Per the Foreword, by Secretary of the Navy Dan A. Kimball, the author was selected to write this official history "because of the knowledge gained during his South Pacific service and particularly from his experience as Commander of Service Squadron Ten, the largest of the mobile operations." 
Price: 100.00 USD
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The Gates of Janus: An Epic Story of the World War, Carter, William
5 Carter, William The Gates of Janus: An Epic Story of the World War
New York Fleming H. Revell Company (c.1919) First Edition Hardcover Very Good 
(no dust jacket) [very decent copy, moderate soiling to page edges, slight fading to spine cloth, front hinge cracked but not separated; gilt lettering still strong on front cover, a bit dulled on spine]. (six maps and battle field outlines) The history of World War I, rendered as an epic poem -- conceived as a "War Phillipic, as well as a War History," as the author explains in his Foreword, adding that "this whole work has been written while the War has actually been going on." This to explain why he chose to use "the present tense, largely, throughout the book, with all of its invective directed against a foe we were still fighting. Though the Armistice has now been signed and the War is over, he sends out the work in its original form, as a testimony not only to the determination of the Allies to win the final victory, but as a testimony against the atrocity and fiendishness with which the war has been prosecuted by our enemies," and so on in that vein. 
Price: 20.00 USD
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Ciano's Hidden Diary: 1937-1938, Ciano, Count Galeazzo (translated from the Italian, and notes by Andreas Mayor)
6 Ciano, Count Galeazzo (translated from the Italian, and notes by Andreas Mayor) Ciano's Hidden Diary: 1937-1938
New York E. P. Dutton & Co. 1953 First Edition Hardcover Very Good+ in Very Good dj 
[nice clean book, very slight shelfwear to bottom edge, minor bumping to top corners; jacket shows a bit of wear at edges and corners, minimal paper loss at top of spine, a couple of tiny edge-tears, some smudging at upper left corner of rear panel]. "When Edda Ciano escaped to Switzerland in 1944 she brought with her five of the seven notebooks which constitute her husband's entire diary. For a time the other two were thought to have been destroyed. They were recovered in 1947 and thus [this book], packed with undisclosed information, completes the widely read and discussed document." Among the events covered during these crucial two years were the Spanish Civil War, the Austrian Anschluss, the Anglo-Italian Agreement, and the Munich Agreement. Ciano was Italy's Foreign Minister under Mussolini; Mussolini was also his father-in-law, which unfortunately for Ciano didn't prevent him from being executed for treason by a firing squad in January 1944. Introduction by Malcolm Muggeridge. 
Price: 35.00 USD
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Stand to Arms, Cobb, G[eoffrey]. Belton
7 Cobb, G[eoffrey]. Belton Stand to Arms
London Wells Gardner, Darton & Co. [1916] Unstated edition Hardcover Very Good Illustrated by Ruth Cobb 
(pictorial cover and spine; no dust jacket) [attractive copy, light surface wear to covers, moderate bumping and a bit of wear at spine ends, offsetting/discoloration to endpapers; there is a crack in the binding between pages 128 and 129, which has caused one of the illustration plates to become partially detached]. (8 B&W plates) Novel (I guess) about a young Englishman's service in World War I, as a member of the King's Own Eatonshire Regiment. (The author himself, per the title page, was "formerly of the London Irish Rifles.") Presumably autobiographical, it reads like a fictional narrative (the protagonist is named Allan Webb), although there is also a combined Glossary and Index. The author, an assistant to publisher George Heinemann in the 1920s, subsequently (as "Belton Cobb") became a prolific if rather undistinguished mystery novelist. [The book itself bears no date; possibly a somewhat later printing, as at least one other copy noted has marbled endpapers, not present in this book.] 
Price: 75.00 USD
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Lion by the Tail: The Story of the Italian-Ethiopian War [*SIGNED*], Coffey, Thomas M.
8 Coffey, Thomas M. Lion by the Tail: The Story of the Italian-Ethiopian War [*SIGNED*]
New York The Viking Press 1974 0-670-42965-1 / 9780670429653 First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Near Fine dj Illustrated by (dj design) Joel Weltman Signed by Author
[almost as new, a few tiny spots on bottom edge but otherwise clean with no significant wear; ditto the jacket, with just a trace of surface-scratching, mostly to the rear panel]. (endpaper maps) INSCRIBED "To ______ / with best regards" and SIGNED by the author on the half-title page. "The gripping, complex and dismaying story of Benito Mussolini's 1935-1936 invasion of Ethiopia and the diplomatic duplicity which made it possible." (This may also have been a review copy, as the original 2-page Viking press release (folded in thirds) is laid in.) Signed by Author 
Price: 25.00 USD
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Bodyguard Unseen: A True Autobiography, D'Aquila, Vincenzo
9 D'Aquila, Vincenzo Bodyguard Unseen: A True Autobiography
New York Richard R. Smith, Inc. 1931 First Edition Hardcover Fair in Poor dj Illustrated by (dj) H. Nash 
[spine turned, rear hinge cracked, uneven fading/mottling to spine cloth, top front corner bumped, moderate general shelfwear; jacket split at rear hinge, heavily chipped along top and bottom edges, ragged tear (crudely mended) across front panel (frontispiece portrait by Politzer) Very scarce memoir, a recounting of "incidents of war and folly," by an Italian immigrant who in 1915 abandoned his life on New York's Lower East Side to return to his native country, along with about fifteen hundred other volunteers, to join the Italian Army in its fight "for the greatness of the Italian fatherland" in the First World War -- and who got more than he bargained for, in the way of a spiritual awakening. The author was one of the subjects of the 2014 docudrama series "14 - Diaries of the Great War," a German-French-Canadian co-production directed by Jan Peter; the program was based on excerpts from letters and diaries of men and women who had served in the war. (Review copy, with publisher's original slip laid in.) 
Price: 150.00 USD
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Triumph and Glory: Armenian World War II Heroes [*SIGNED*], Demirjian, Richard N.
10 Demirjian, Richard N. Triumph and Glory: Armenian World War II Heroes [*SIGNED*]
Moraga CA Ararat Heritage Publishing Company (c.1996) 0-9622945-1-9 / 9780962294518 First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Near Fine dj Signed by Author
[lovely clean copy, with one tiny dent in bottom edge of front cover, no other significant wear; jacket shows only faint surface handling wear, soft diagonal creasing to front flap]. (B&W photographs, maps, facs.) INSCRIBED and SIGNED by the author on the half-title page. Profiles of 38 veterans of the war, based largely on interviews with the men (and a few women) themselves. The profiles are divided according to which theatre(s) of the war they served in, and include veterans of Iwo Jima and D-Day, recipients of the Medal of Honor and the Navy Cross, former prisoners of war, a survivor of the Bataan Death March, a member of Gen. Omar Bradley's intelligence staff, and a secretary to Gen. Dwight Eisenhower. Includes a program from a 1999 "Tribute to Veterans" held at the Ararat-Eskijian Museum of the Ararat Home of Los Angeles, laid in. Signed by Author 
Price: 60.00 USD
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A Prelude to Gallipoli: The Battle of Broken Hill, 1915, Ertur, Omer
11 Ertur, Omer A Prelude to Gallipoli: The Battle of Broken Hill, 1915
Portland OR Published By the Author 2005 0-9741253-2-6 / 9780974125329 First Edition Softcover Near Fine 
[dog-earing and minor bending to top rear corner (cover and last few pages of book), otherwise a nice clean copy with no significant wear]. Trade PB (B&W photographs, facsimiles) History, both in narrative (written somewhat like a novel) and as a collection of reproduced source materials (mostly newspaper articles), of an "interesting but bizarre incident that had happened in 1915 in the Australian desert town of Broken Hill." Basically, a picnic train carrying 1,200 passengers was fired upon by two (two!) Turks, and because Turkey was an ally of Germany in World War I, this apparently (at least in the author's opinion) qualifies this as "the only enemy attack on Australian soil during the First World War." [The book itself was printed in Hanoi, and it should be noted that the photographs are of inferior pictorial quality, apparently being reproductions from other published sources such as newspaper stories.] 
Price: 25.00 USD
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WWII War Eagles: Global Air War in Original Color, Ethell, Jeffrey L. (edited by Warren M. Bodie)
12 Ethell, Jeffrey L. (edited by Warren M. Bodie) WWII War Eagles: Global Air War in Original Color
Hiawassee GA Widewing Publications (c.1995) 0-9629359-2-1 / 9780962935923 First Edition Hardcover Very Good+ in Very Good+ dj Illustrated by Bob Boyd 
[a little wear at spine ends, one-time owner's stamp on ffep and handwritten name on title page; jacket shows moderate surface wear, one tiny tear at top rear hinge, slight color-shift along left edge of front panel]. (color photographs, color renderings) Made possible by the author's tireless pursuit and acquisition of Kodachrome slides shot during World War II, this is an illustrated survey of wartime aircraft (mostly American) like no other: a depiction in full color of a subject and an era that most people alive today know only from black-and-white photographs and newsreel footage. According to the jacket blurb, the superior technical qualities of the Kodachrome film in use at the time render these images "so strikingly clear and free of distortion some find it hard to believe the original slides have not been computer enhanced or colorized," but "the author and the publisher guarantee they have not tampered with the images in any way. The reader is looking straight into the past as it was." Contains six fold-out pages, some containing color illustrations by Bob Boyd, others additional color photos. 
Price: 30.00 USD
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U.S.S. Seawolf: Submarine Raider of the Pacific, Frank, Gerold, and James D. Horan, with J.M. Eckberg
13 Frank, Gerold, and James D. Horan, with J.M. Eckberg U.S.S. Seawolf: Submarine Raider of the Pacific
New York G.P. Putnam's Sons (c.1945) NO First Edition Hardcover Very Good in Good dj Illustrated by (dj design) Arthur Hawkins Jr. 
[light to moderate bumping at all corners, no other significant wear; jacket is edgeworn, paper loss at both ends of spine, a few small tears and shallow nicks]. (B&W photographs) "Here is the story of life aboard an American submarine on war patrol, what it feels like to be depth-charged, not to see the sky or stand in the sun for weeks on end, to be trapped in shallow waters beneath a Japanese armada, to rip an enemy squadron to bits." Based on the experiences of Eckberg, the sub's radio operator, the book didn't appear until August 1945, but according to a contemporary review it had been held up by U.S. Navy censorship for nearly two years -- and even then, it was thought necessary to give it an upbeat ending and a victorious gloss (the sub "came through triumphant and unscathed," per the jacket blurb) despite the fact that the Seawolf had been declared missing and presumed lost in December 1944, a couple of months after having been involved in a battle. 
Price: 65.00 USD
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Vietnam Inc., Griffiths, Philip Jones
14 Griffiths, Philip Jones Vietnam Inc.
New York Collier Books 1971 NO 1st Edition (softcover issue) Softcover Near Fine 
[minor edgewear, very slight curling to front cover]. Trade PB (B&W photographs) Influential work by one of the great Magnum photographers, showcasing his stunning and often heart-rending images of the suffering endured by Vietnam and its people during the war, as well as by the American soldiers sent there to fight in it. Also issued in a hardcover edition (by Macmillan), the book was credited with helping turn the tide of American public opinion against the war. 
Price: 75.00 USD
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Medals of Honor, Hopper, James
15 Hopper, James Medals of Honor
New York The John Day Company (c.1929) NO First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Very Good+ dj Illustrated by John Alan Maxwell; dj by Rockwell Kent 
[minor shelfwear, slight bumping to base of spine, spine a little turned; jacket shows some wrinkling at top of spine and along bottom edge of front panel, light soiling]. (B&W drawings) The stories of the heroism displayed by nine winners of the Congressional Medal of Honor, chosen from the ninety awarded to American servicemen during World War I. (There are actually eleven named individuals discussed, since one of the Medals was awarded jointly to three men.) The book's Foreword incorporates a complete list of all ninety of the WWI Medal winners, among them William J. Donovan ("Wild Bill," of later OSS/CIA fame) and Alvin C. York -- neither of whom are among the nine whose stories are told here in detail. The jacket design is by Rockwell Kent. 
Price: 100.00 USD
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They Called Them Angels: American Military Nurses of World War II, Jackson, Kathi
16 Jackson, Kathi They Called Them Angels: American Military Nurses of World War II
Westport CT/London Praeger 2000 0-275-96899-5 / 9780275968991 2nd printing Hardcover Near Fine 
(no dust jacket, as issued) [minor wear at extremties, faint soiling to top page edges, very shallow dent in top edge of front cover]. (B&W photographs) A history of nursing in the armed services during World War II. About half the book is devoted to chapters about each theater of the war: the Pacific Theater; the Mediterranean Theater; The European Theater; The China-Burma-India Theater; The United States and Western Atlantic Minor Theaters. There are also chapters devoted to such topics as "Life at Sea" and "Camaraderie and Romance." Bibliography, index. 
Price: 50.00 USD
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Verdenskrigen I samtidige Skildringer - 2. Bind [Volume 2 only], Jenssen-Tusch, H., H. Eward, Johs. Lindbaek, and Og H. Styrmer
17 Jenssen-Tusch, H., H. Eward, Johs. Lindbaek, and Og H. Styrmer Verdenskrigen I samtidige Skildringer - 2. Bind [Volume 2 only]
Kjobenhavn (Copenhagen) Gyldendalske Boghandel, Nordisk Forlag 1916-1917 NO Hardcover Good+ 
(half-bound, leather over marbled boards; no dust jacket) [heavy surface wear to boards, edgewear all around, leather binding split along rear hinge (about halfway up from bottom of spine) but text block itself is quite solid, and internally the book is very clean]. (B&W photographs, maps, etc.) Volume 2 only of a five-volume history of World War I, in Danish; extensively illustrated with photographs, maps, drawings, etc. (The pagination of the volume is very odd -- it begins with page 177, and starts a new sequence (although not with page 1) several times throughout the book -- but there do not appear to be any missing pages.) 
Price: 30.00 USD
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18 Kahn, David Hitler's Spies: German Military Intelligence in World War II
New York Macmillan Publishing Co. 1978 0-02-560610-7 / 9780025606104 First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Very Good+ dj 
[good solid copy, minor shelfwear, light soiling to top edge; jacket has a small chip at bottom left-hand corner of front panel, a couple of blue scuff marks on rear panel]. (B&W photographs) Massive volume (671 pages) depicting "the entire mechanism of German intelligence -- not just the international network of spies, but the wiretappers and the attaches, the industrialists and the evaluators. Never before has anyone disclosed the infighting among the various agencies, nor demonstrated the clear superiority of Allied intelligence." 
Price: 15.00 USD
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The Violet Dots, Kernan, Michael
19 Kernan, Michael The Violet Dots
New York George Braziller 1978 0-8076-0887-4 / 9780807608876 First Edition Hardcover Very Good+ in Very Good+ dj Illustrated by (dj) Mike McIver 
[light shelfwear, faint foxing to page edges, rusty paper-clip marks at top of copyright page and facing dedication page; jacket shows a little surface wear, a couple of diagonal creases at top corner of front flap]. First book (of only two) by this author (1927-2005), who was best known as a longtime columnist for the Washington Post's "Style" section, where he won praise for his versatility and his wry, understated prose style. (One-time Post editor Benjamin Bradlee described him as "a poet in newspaperman's clothing.") This book tells the true story of Tom Easton, a third-generation British coal miner whose experiences during the Battle of the Somme in World War I form the core of the narrative. "A powerful portrait of an ordinary man: miner, soldier, prisoner of war, political activist, citizen," it's something of a minor classic, long out of print and quite scarce. 
Price: 75.00 USD
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Circuits of Victory, Lavine, A. Lincoln
20 Lavine, A. Lincoln Circuits of Victory
Garden City NY Country Life Press / Doubleday, Page & Company 1921 First Edition Hardcover Very Good+ 
(no dust jacket] [a solid copy, firm binding, light shelfwear to bottom edge, tiny bump to bottom front corner, light age-toning to page edges, faint dime-size stain on spine, one-time owner's signature on ffep; internally very clean]. (halftone illustrations, drawings) 8vo. 634 A full account, extensively illustrated, of the important role played by the telephone in the Allied victory in World War I. 
Price: 100.00 USD
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