New York: G. P. Putnam's Sons, 1939. 1st Edition. Hardcover. This important book is the last of Churchill's "wilderness years" books, published just months before Churchill returned to the Admiralty. It 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. Even Churchill's opponents would vindicate his prescience. 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."
As a bit of irony or a poorly timed attempt at balanced perspective, the publisher used the rear flap of the U.S. edition dust jacket to advertise "In Search of Peace" by Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain. Less than a year after publication, in May 1940, Churchill would replace Chamberlain as Prime Minister.
Here is the first U.S. edition, first printing, near-fine in a very good original dust jacket. The blue cloth binding is immaculately clean with sharp corners, bright silver lettering, and virtually no wear. The sole factor preventing us from grading this copy as fine is a slight warp to the rear board. The contents are likewise immaculate - crisp and bright with absolutely no spotting or age-toning. Even the untrimmed fore edge remains bright and the red stained top edge retains vivid color. There is a single inked previous owner name on the ffep and tipped in we found a Christmas gift tag dated "1939". The dust jacket is unclipped, retaining the original $4.00 price on the front flap. There is minor chipping at the spine ends to a maximum depth of 3/16 inch, some wear at the front flap fold, and creasing along the lower edge of the front panel. The notoriously fade-prone jacket spine shows some sunning, but still retains decent color. 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 #002087