New York: G. P. Putnam's Sons, 1939. 1st Edition. Hardcover. This is a seminal Churchill book that includes 82 newspaper articles focused on foreign affairs written by Churchill between March 1936 and May 1939, many of them containing his warnings and predictions about Nazi Germany. As a measure of Churchill's prescience and ultimate vindication, upon publication, Labour leader Clement Attlee, a political opponent who would replace Churchill as Prime Minister in 1945, wrote to Churchill: "It must be a melancholy satisfaction to you to see how right you were." Others were even more blunt. Sir Desmond Morton, military officer, government official, and appeasement opponent, wrote to Churchill: "Many years on, historians will read this and your speeches in Arms and the Covenant. They will wonder but I doubt they will decide what devil of pride, unbelief, selfishness or sheer madness possessed the English people that they did not rise as one man" and "call on you to lead them." Less than a year after publication, in May 1940, Churchill would become Prime Minister.
Here is the first U.S. Edition, first printing, near-fine in a very good minus dust jacket. The blue cloth binding is clean and square with sharp corners and shows virtually no wear. The contents are clean and bright with no inscriptions and bright red topstain. The only hint of spotting detected is limited to a few spots on the back of the frontispiece. The untrimmed fore and bottom edges of the text block are extremely clean. The dust jacket is unclipped and highly complete, but showing some age and wear. Fractional chipping is confined primarily to the spine and cover corners. However, there is general wear along the edges and hinges, light sunning to the spine, and both an abrasion and a small circular brown stain showing below the author's name on the spine. The dust jacket is protected in a removable, archival quality clear cover.
Reference: Cohen A111.2, Woods/ICS A45(b.1). Langworth p.198. Item #001136