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1 MacKenzie, David. Foreword by Pierre Berton. ARTHUR IRWIN: A BIOGRAPHY.
Toronto University of Toronto Press 1993 080202632X / 9780802026323 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good Very Good+ 
323 pp, 9 1/4" H. B&w photographs. "From 1925 to 1950 Arthur Irwin was the driving force behind the success of 'Maclean's Magazine', first as associate editor, then managing editor, and, finally, as editor. He had strong views on what it meant to be Canadian, and under his direction 'Maclean's' was moulded into 'Canada's National Magazine', mirroring the development of Canada as an independent nation in the twentieth century. In the years before the outbreak of the Second World War, he was at the centre of the Maclean company's investigation of defence contracting, or what has become known as the 'Bren Gun Scandal'. In the 1940s Irwin actively sought out writers of talent and potential and gradually added to the magazine's staff many Canadian writers who went on to distinguished careers, including Ralph Allen, Pierre Berton, Blair Fraser, and Scott Young. After leaving 'Maclean's' in 1950, Irwin was appointed film commissioner at the National Film Board, during a time when the board's survival was in doubt because of allegations of espionage and subversion. Irwin was the man called in to deal with the NFB's 'red scare', and, afterwards, he reorganized the board and moved its operations from Ottawa to Montreal. Irwin subsequently went on to a career as a diplomat: he was appointed high commissioner in Australia, and ambassador to Brazil and Mexico. In his last professional position he was publisher of an Victoria newspaper. This book, in describing a man who was profoundly representative of his times, and whose presence in major Canadian institutions was influential, captures the mood of Irwin's period and raises important questions about the roots of present-day Canadian nationalism and cultural identity." One small corner bump. Dust jacket has very light wrinkling at top of rear flap-fold, minor rubbing. 
Price: 25.00 USD
 
 
2 Pollotta, Nick. BUREAU 13.
New York Ace 1991 0441084206 / 9780441084203 First Edition Mass Market Paperback Very Good Boris Vallejo cover art. 
182 pp, 6 3.4" H. "Mission Improbable. For your eyes only, the facts: Ghosts. Vampires. Mutants. Demons. They're real - and a deadly threat to life as we know it. Fortunately, America has its own defense against unearthly evil. Bureau 13 is the FBI's top secret branch specializing in supernatural subversion. Not even the President knows who they are. Not even its agents know where the Bureau is hidden. Their mission: to hold back the tides of inhuman darkness - any way that's humanly possible. Malevolent forces are launching an all-out, literally hellish assault on the Bureau itself. Now this top team of agents are on a suicide mission into the very heart of darkness. If they succeed, the general public will never know. If they fail - God help us all!" Based upon the role-playing game STALKING THE NIGHT FANTASIC. Interior - very light browning in gutter of pages. Exterior - very light edge wear, book is slightly cocked/twisted, faint crease on spine, minor soiling on rear cover. 
Price: 10.00 USD
 
 
HEAVY WORDS LIGHTLY THROWN: THE REASON BEHIND THE RHYME., Roberts, Chris.
3 Roberts, Chris. HEAVY WORDS LIGHTLY THROWN: THE REASON BEHIND THE RHYME.
London Granta 2004 1862077657 / 9781862077652 Second Edition Hard Cover Near Fine Very Good+ 
176 pp, 9" H. B&w illustrations. "Was little Jack Horner a squatter? 'Baa, baa, Black Sheep' a bleat about taxation? What did Jack and Jill do on that hill? Who was Mary? And why was she contrary? This witty and ingenious book delves into the hidden meanings of the most innocuous-sounding nursery rhymes, revealing a seething subtext of sexual innuendo, religious hatred and political subversion. (It) provides a fascinating history lesson, teases out some alarming Freudian interpretations, and makes entertaining connections to contemporary political and popular culture." A few very tiny specks of faint glue residue on rear board. Dust jacket has 2' crease at bottom of rear hinge, very minor edge wear. 
Price: 15.00 USD
 
 
HOSTILE ACTION:  THE KGB AND SECRET SOVIET OPERATIONS IN BRITAIN., Shipley, Peter.
4 Shipley, Peter. HOSTILE ACTION: THE KGB AND SECRET SOVIET OPERATIONS IN BRITAIN.
St. Martin's, New York, 1989. 
224 pp, large 8vo (9 7/16" H), hard cover in dust jacket. ISBN 0312041209 "In looking behind generations of individual spy scandals, this fascinating study reveals the total picture of secret Soviet activity in Britain from 1917 to the present.... shows how the extensive use of espionage and subversion has always been a central feature of Soviet foreign policy, and as well as asking what the aims behind this have been, (Shipley) also considers their successes and failures....traces t h e e v o l u t ion of the Soviet Union's battery of secret techniques, and provides much new information on Soviet attempts to penetrate British institutions - the Foreign Office, the universities, the security authorities - and attempts that ha ve b ee n m ad e to t ar get politicians. Furthermore, fully documented disclosures are also made regarding the responses of the British authorities to the perceived dangers, with major key issues discussed in relation to numerous case studies a nd the te st imo nia ls of de fec tors." Dust jacket has very minor edge wrinkling, very minor rubbing. Near Fine/Near Fine 
Price: 27.50 USD
 


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