New York: G.P. Putnam's Sons, 1937. 1st Edition. Hardcover. This is Churchill's much praised collection of insightful essays about 21 leading personalities of the day - including the likes of Lawrence, Shaw, and, most famously, Hitler. About Hitler, Churchill writes: "We cannot tell whether Hitler will be the man who will once again let loose upon the world another war in which civilization will irretrievably succumb, or whether he will go down in history as the man who restored honour and peace of mind to the great Germanic nation and brought it back serene, helpful and strong, to the forefront of the European family circle." The book was written with what has been called "penetrating evaluation, humor, and understanding." Churchill also reveals key glimpses into his own character and perspective. This is as fascinating a read today as it was in 1937.
Offered here is the first U.S. edition, first printing, a fine copy in a very good dust jacket. The blue cloth binding is tight, clean and square, with sharp corners and virtually no wear. The contents are clean and tight. No spotting. No inscriptions. The red-stained top edge retains vivid, unfaded color. The correct, first printing dust jacket is unclipped, still bearing the original $4.00 price on the front flap. The jacket is also unfaded, retaining unusually bright blue color, even on the spine. The jacket does suffer some wear. There is chipping at the spine ends, along the bottom edge of the front face, and at the top edge of the rear face, the largest being a 1.75 wide by .5 inch deep triangular loss at the rear face. There is also a faint vertical crease at the spine and wear at the front flap fold. Nonetheless, this is a better than usual copy of a scarce first printing dust jacket. The dust jacket is protected in a removable, archival quality clear cover.
Reference: Cohen A105.2.a, Woods/ICS A43(ab.1), Langworth p.179. Item #001457