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THE FALL OF FORTRESS EUROPE 1943-1945., Seaton, Albert.
141 Seaton, Albert. THE FALL OF FORTRESS EUROPE 1943-1945.
B.T. Batsford, London, 1981, first edition. 
218 pp, large 8vo (9 3/8" H), hard cover in dust jacket. ISBN 0713419687 B&w photographs, maps/battle plans. "By the midsummer of 1943 the Wehrmacht had fallen back behind the Straits of Sicily in the Mediterranean and had begun to build, with fe verish haste, the Atlantic Wall in the west and the East Wall in Russia - in fact to construct their Fortress Europe, with the intention of defending it to the last. Here the author sets out simply and concisely the political, economic an d m i l i t a r y organization of the Third Reich, its strength and its weaknesses. He traces the almost unbelievable chain of events within Germany during the last two years of the Second World War that saw the Fortress liberated or overrun, and t h e wh ol e of t he R eich engulfed, and then inundated, by the invading armies of the allies. This authoritative account is based mainly on German materials, although other language sources, particularly Russian, Italian and Anglo-American, h ave a ls o b een u sed in co mpi ling this intriguing narrative." Very light wrinkling at top/bottom of spine,a few tiny foxing marks and very light browning to edges of textblock. Dust jacket is price clipped, has very light edge wear/wrinkli ng - li ght wea r at to p of rea r fl ap-f old, light rubbing. VG/VG 
Price: 12.50 USD
 
 
THE DARK SIDE OF KNOWLEDGE:  EXPLORING THE OCCULT., Shadowitz, Albert and Walsh, Peter.
142 Shadowitz, Albert and Walsh, Peter. THE DARK SIDE OF KNOWLEDGE: EXPLORING THE OCCULT.
Addison-Wesley, Reading, Massachusetts, 1976. 
305 pp, large 8vo (9 3/16" H), soft cover. ISBN 0201073323 "Take an intriguing and enlightening journey into the incredible world of the occult! You'll be guided by two physicists who use the powers of science to explore more than 150 examples of obscure and mystical happenings. They are frankly fascinated with what they find - and you will be too! Writing in language the nonscientist can easily understand, Drs. Shadowitz and Walsh probe new scientific investigations of unseen ene r g i e s a n d forces - energies functioning in dimly perceived but probably real dimensions of the universe. They weigh evidence for and against each strange phenomenon to see what can be verified in the ancient and modern-day lore of the occult . I n ma ny in st ances, they find actual scientific support for astounding events...." Interior - clean and tight with no previous ownership marks. Exterior - light edge wear, three very small corner creases, crease down spine, small soiling ma rk on f ore -ed g e o f t ext block. Very Good- 
Price: 27.50 USD
 
 
143 Silver, Kenneth E.; Parke-Taylor, Michael; Blondil, Nathalie; Kostenevich, Albert. Prefaces by Matthew Teitelbaum, Guy Cogeval, Mikhail Piotrovsky, Robert Kaszanits. VOYAGE INTO MYTH: FRENCH PAINTING FROM GAUGUIN TO MATISSE FROM THE HERMITAGE MUSEUM, RUSSIA.
Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, 2002. 
224 pp, 4to (11" H), soft cover with self-flaps. ISBN 1894243234 Profusely illustrated in colour and b&w. The catalogue of the exhibition. "This book demonstrates how two strains of influence - the resurgence of Classicsim and the impact of 'pri mitivism' on Western culture - provide links between Symbolism, Post-Impressionism, Fauvism and the birth of Modernism. Certain polarities generated by these two different strains - tradition versus innovation, Western versus non-Western c u l t u r e , t he timelessness of myth versus the experience of modern life - were driven by ideas that developed formalist parallels. This can be seen in the struggle between the figurative and abstract in art, and in the contrast between the pa st or al i dy ll a n d the contemporary landscape...." Contents: Prefaces; 'Invitation to the Voyage', poem by Charles Baudelaire; New Spirits and Sacred Springs: Modern Art in France at the Turn of the Century; The Myth of the Midi: Landscape a s E art hly Pa rad ise ; F in d e Siecle Nostalgia and Primitivism: Ancient Brother or New Man?; Sergei Shchukin and Ivan Morozov: Two Legendary Collectors; Maurice Denis and Pierre Bonnard: The Morozov Decorative Paintings in the Hermitage Collec tion ; Ca talo gue; Sel ecti ve B ibl iog raphy; Index of Artists; List of Illustrations; Picture Credits. Tiny tear/crease archivally taped at top edge of leaf 117/118, minor soiling on bottom of textblock. Very Good+ 
Price: 45.00 USD
 
 
THE OTHER VICTORIA:  THE PRINCESS ROYAL AND THE GREAT GAME OF EUROPE., Sinclair, Andrews.
144 Sinclair, Andrews. THE OTHER VICTORIA: THE PRINCESS ROYAL AND THE GREAT GAME OF EUROPE.
Weidenfeld and Nicolson, London, 1981, first edition. 
282 pp, large 8vo (9 7/16" H), hard cover in dust jacket. B&w plates. ISBN 0297779877 "When Queen Victoria's eldest daughter, Victoria, fell in love and married Prince Frederick, the heir to the Prussian throne, many Prussians regarded the alien Princess Royal as a British agent - when she was only being loyal to her beloved family. This absorbing book, mainly based on papers in the royal archives at Windsor Castle, shows for the first time how Queen Victoria ran an unmatched network of in telligence through her daughter's marriage and her relations in every court in Europe. The Queen and Bismarck both wanted Germany to be united, but their methods of achieveing this were opposed, and their struggle led to isolation and angu i s h f o r ' Vicky' and 'Fritz'. The author opens a spyhole on the secret history of the last century and reveals the story of a royal love that turned to royal tragedy - the tale of a princess who had to divide her loyalty between her homeland an d he r a do pt e d country." Two very small corner bumps, very small bump on fore-edge of front board. Dust jacket has minor browning on spine, a few areas of edge wrinkling, bump at one corner, a few tiny line indentations on front panel, min or ru bbi ng . Ver y G oo d/ Very Good- 
Price: 20.00 USD
 
 
MAKING PEACE WITH COCHISE:  THE 1872 JOURNAL OF CAPTAIN JOSEPH ALTON SLADEN., Sladen, Joseph Alton, Captain.  Edited by Edwin R. Sweeney.  Foreword by Frank J. Slanden, Jr.
145 Sladen, Joseph Alton, Captain. Edited by Edwin R. Sweeney. Foreword by Frank J. Slanden, Jr. MAKING PEACE WITH COCHISE: THE 1872 JOURNAL OF CAPTAIN JOSEPH ALTON SLADEN.
Norman University of Oklahoma Press 1997 0806129735 / 9780806129730 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good Very Good 
179 pp, 8 3/4" H. B&w photographs, map. "Cochise was a name that struck terror into hearts across the Southwest. Yet in the autumn of 1872, Brigadier General Oliver Otis Howard and his aide-de-camp, Lieutenant Joseph Alton Sladen, entered Arizona's rocky Dragoon Mountains in search of the elusive Chirichua Apache chief. Accompanied only by a guide and two Apache scouts, they sought to convince Cochise that the bloody fighting between his people and the Americans must stop. After twelve years of war, Cochise had already reached that conclusion, but he had found no American official he could trust. Known as the 'Christian general' during the Civil War, General Howard was a man of courage, honesty, and compassion. When he went bravely to visit Cochise, who later recalled that 'to do so might have caused his death', he won the Indian's sincere respect. Howard's devoted aide, Joseph Sladen, maintained a journal during their two-month quest from Fort Tularosa, New Mexico, to Cochise's stronghold. During the time he spent with Cochise and his Chokonen band, Sladen had the opportunity to observe the chief among his people. A student of medicine and human nature, Sladen found much ot admire in Apache culture. His anecdotes about Cochise offer a perspective on the man that no other account provides." Light wrinkling at bottom of spine, one small light corner bump. Dust jacket has minor edge wrinkling, two 2" light line indentations on rear panel. 
Price: 20.00 USD
 
 
THE ROYAL GEORGE, 1819-1904:  THE LIFE OF H.R.H. PRINCE GEORGE, DUKE OF CAMBRIDGE., St. Aubyn, Giles.
146 St. Aubyn, Giles. THE ROYAL GEORGE, 1819-1904: THE LIFE OF H.R.H. PRINCE GEORGE, DUKE OF CAMBRIDGE.
Alfred A. Knopf, New York, 1964, Ist American edition. 
393 pp + index, 8vo (8 9/16" H), hard cover in dust jacket. B&w plates. "His Royal Highness Prince George, Duke of Cambridge...was heir presumptive to the British throne until the birth of his cousin Victoria. His life spanned her reign, and for thirty-nine years he served as commander in chief of her army. In his public life, the Royal George was crusty - even reactionary, and often an embarrassment to his cousin. He was acutely conscious of his position and jealous of his royal prerogat ives, and he resisted every single change Victoria's governments tried to bring to the organization of the army. But as a person he was warm and generous. He was genuinely loved by his troops for his concern with their welfare and his effor t s t o i mprove the conditions of army life...a skillful, thorough, and urbane biography, a ticket of admission to the great events of the Victorian age and to the homes of the Royal Family." Very minor edge wear, light browning to edges of text b lo c k. D us t jacket has very minor edge wear, light to moderate browning. Very Good+/Very Good 
Price: 17.50 USD
 
 
MARTINIS, GIRLS AND GUNS: FIFTY YEARS OF 007., Sterling, Martin and Morecambe, Gary.  (Ian Fleming).
147 Sterling, Martin and Morecambe, Gary. (Ian Fleming). MARTINIS, GIRLS AND GUNS: FIFTY YEARS OF 007.
Robson, London, 2003. 
354 pp, 8 1/2" H, soft cover. ISBN 1861056753 B&w photographs. "Fifty-one years ago, an unknown writer called Ian Fleming sat down to write 'Casino Royale', giving birth to one of the most famous fictional characters ever created. James Bond beca me a worldwide icon, defeating enemies and seducing women - and audiences - with his devastating combination of style, wry wit and understated cool. Bond soon eclipsed his creator, progressing from paper to screen ten years later, immortalised t h r o ugh Sean Connery's performances, then Roger Moore's and most recently Pierce Brosnan's. (This) is the definitive guide to the world of Bond. Featuring the extraordinary individuals - including Connery, Moore, Brosnan, Cubby Broccoli and Flem in g - who made Bond, and with unprecedented access to the most recent films and stills from the early years, (the authors) present the ultimate history of a unique literary and cinematic icon." Interior - clean and tight with no previous ownership ma rk s. Exterior - very minor corner wear, faint creases down spine, very minor rubbing, slight bump at bottom of front hinge. Very Good 
Price: 20.00 USD
 
 
148 Stetson, Joe, Editor. Foreword by Maynard K. Drury. THIS IS THE NEWFOUNDLAND. OFFICIAL BREED BOOK OF THE NEWFOUNDLAND CLUB OF AMERICA.
Orange, Connecticut Practical Science Publishing 1956 Hard Cover Very Good - Ernest H. Hart. 
270 pp, 8 3/4" H. Black boards with white lettering on spine. Map endpapers, b&w photographs, drawings, reproductions. Contents: Origin; History; The Newfoundland in Art, Literature, Lore and Legend; Companion and Guardian; The Newfoundland as a Working Dog; Care; Feeding; Medicine and First Aid; Training and Obedience Work; The Standard of Perfection; Significance of the Pedigree; The Brood Bitch and the Stud; The Newfoundland in Other Countries; Appendices: Terminology / Bibliography for "This is the Newfoundland" / Art and Literature / Older Pedigrees / Pedigrees of All Champions from 1950 through 1954; Index. Small foxing mark in margin of page leaf 101/102, light wrinkling at top/bottom of spine, small scuff at top of rear board near fore-edge, light browning to edges of text block, faint rubbing on boards. 
Price: 17.50 USD
 
 
ROYAL LONDON., Struthers, Jane.   Photography by Ricky Leaver.
149 Struthers, Jane. Photography by Ricky Leaver. ROYAL LONDON.
New Holland, London, 2005, first edition. 
128 pp, 4to (11 1/4" H), hard cover in dust jacket. ISBN 1843309580 Colour photographs. "The streets of London are alive with a 2,000-year history that stretches back to its birth as the Roman city of Londinium and is closely intertwined with the history of the monarchy. That profound royal influence is still obvious today, but runs much deeper than simply physical architecture and geography. 'Royal London' reveals the fascinating regal history behind over 130 buildings, parks, gar d e n s , s tatues and other objects in London, from such instantly recognized landmarks as St Paul's Cathedral and the Victoria and Albert Museum to less obvious areas such as York Watergate and the church of St Mary le Bow." Very light wear at t op /b ot to m o f spine and at corners. Dust jacket has a few minor tiny dints on front panel. Very Good+/Very Good+ 
Price: 25.00 USD
 
 
THE CHARGE OF THE LIGHT BRIGADE., Sweetman, John.
150 Sweetman, John. THE CHARGE OF THE LIGHT BRIGADE.
Botley, Oxford Osprey 1990 1841761303 / 9781841761305 Soft Cover Near Fine Cilla Eurich. 
96 pp, 9 3/4" H. Profusely illustrated with b&w reproductions, colour maps/battle plans, uniform studies. Contents: Preparation: Advance to Balaclava; Origins of the War; The Expeditionary Force Musters; To the Black Sea; Invasion of the Crimea; Prelude to Battle; Balaclava; Allied Defences; Russian Menace; Phase 1: Fall of the Redoubts; Phase 2: The Thin Red Line; Phase 3: Charge of the Heavy Brigade; The Russian Advance; The Heavy Brigade Deploys; The Charge; Phase 4: Charge of the Light Brigade; Orders; 'Into the Valley of Death'; Surviving the Charge; Aftermath: Counting the Cost; Who Won?; The Moral of the Story; Chronology; A Guide to Further Reading; Wargaming Balaclava. Interior - clean and tight with no previous ownership marks. Exterior - clean and bright. 
Price: 12.50 USD
 
 
151 Troubetzkoy, Alexis S. THE ROAD TO BALAKLAVA: STUMBLING INTO WAR WITH RUSSIA.
Toronto Trafalgar Press 1986 0969241904 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good Very Good 
215 pp, 8vo (8 5/8" H). B&w reproductions, photographs, maps. "(S)kilfully traces the causes of the Crimean War and sketches a vivid picture of an age which made possible 'the world's most curious and unnecesary struggle'. Troubetzkoy ingeniously weaves together the varied developments in diplomacy, trade, nationalistic expression and personality conflict in the decade which led to the hostilities. The armies of the belligerents are described (and the) reader is introduced to the principal personages of the drama - Napoleon III, Marshal St. Arnaud, Lord Raglan and the great Russian engineer, Todleben, who, apart from Florence Nightingale, was the only one to earn true distinction during the War. Vividly described are Nicholas I and the Russian Empire." Very light edge wear, color faded at bottom edge of spine, very light wrinkling at top/bottom of spine, faint scratch across rear board. Dust jacket has very light rubbing, tiny chip at top of front flap-fold, very minor edge wrinkling. 
Price: 15.00 USD
 
 
152 Twichell, Heath. NORTHWEST EPIC: THE BUILDING OF THE ALASKA HIGHWAY.
New York St. Martin's Press 1992 0312077548 / 9780312077549 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good Very Good- 
368 pp, 9 1/2" H. Map endpapers, b&w photographs, maps. "(T)he panoramic story of the courageous U.S. Army Engineers and civilian contractors who toiled in the tense months after Pearl Harbor to build a 1,500-mile emergency supply line through the rugged Canadian Rockies to isolated military bases in Alaska. The construction of this winding gravel road - GI's called it the ALCAN - was very much an all-American adventure: blacks, whites, and natives working together under the harshest extremes of climate and terrain - racing to bolster Alaska's defenses and deter another Japanese attack on North American soil. The Alaska Highway - with its hundreds of bridges, chain of airfields, and oil refinery and pipeline system (known as CANOL) - opened to traffic in late 1942 and was in full use one year later. Though one of the greatest feats of twentieth-century macro-engineering, this huge project sparked as much protest as patriotism. Critics argued that the road was in the wrong place and would have little postwar value; a well-publicized investigation of CONOL's excesses gave a critical boost to the career of Senator Harry S. Truman." Very light wrinkling at top of spine, very small bump at top corner of both boards. Dust jacket has very light wrinkling at top of spine and flap-folds, light fading to spine color. 
Price: 25.00 USD
 
 
STARGAZERS AND GRAVEDIGGERS:  MEMOIRS TO "WORLDS IN COLLISION"., Velikovsky, Immanuel.
153 Velikovsky, Immanuel. STARGAZERS AND GRAVEDIGGERS: MEMOIRS TO "WORLDS IN COLLISION".
William Morrow, New York, 1983, first edition. 
346 pp, large 8vo (9 1/2" H), hard cover in dust jacket. ISBN 068801545X "With the publication of Immanuel Velikovsky's 'Worlds in Collision' in 1950 a bombshell burst upon the literary and scientific scene whose reverberations continue to this da y. Even prior to publication, the book was the subject of intense controversy. In it, Velikovsky suggested a catastrophic history of the solar system, which at once resolved innumerable historical, astronomical, and geological enigmas, while also challenging more than a few hallowed scientific dogmas. Through a concerted campaign of letter writing, a successful boycott of the original publisher's textbook department was undertaken by an elite group of American astronomers. Even as (it) hover ed at the top of the national best-sellers lists, the publisher was forced to suspend publication of the book, and another firm, which had no vulnerable textbook division, took it on. Here for the first time is the full account of what actually tran spired." Cigarette odor, very light browning to edges of textblock, light browning to top edge of boards, tiny dint on top edge of rear board. Dust jacket has light browning at edges, minor wrinkling at top of spine, very light rubbing. Very Good/ Very Good 
Price: 77.50 USD
 
 
THE FRANCO-BRITISH EXHIBITION OF TEXTILES 1921., Victoria & Albert Museum.
154 Victoria & Albert Museum. THE FRANCO-BRITISH EXHIBITION OF TEXTILES 1921.
London His Majesty's Stationery Office 1922 Limited Edition Half-Leather Very Good 
viii, 26 pp + 50 b&w plates (printed on versos only, i.e. blank on rear). No. 19 of an edition limited to 300 copies. 12" H, black leather spine and corners, dark blue cloth covered boards, 5 raised bands on spine, gilt lettering on spine and front board, gilt banding on spine and boards, top edge gilt. Blue and gold marbled endpapers. The catalogue of an exhibition of textiles dating from the 14th to early 19th century - tapestries, carpets, screens, clothing, upholstery, etc. Light rubbing to boards, light edge wear, previous owner's bookplate on front pastedown with a tiny piece offset on front free endpaper, small pencil erasure mark a top corner of first preliminary page, six page leaves (prelimin to page 7) have a two small creases at top corner. Protected in a stiff mylar sleeve. 
Price: 85.00 USD
 
 
155 Waiser, Bill. SASKATCHEWAN'S PLAYGROUND: A HISTORY OF PRINCE ALBERT NATIONAL PARK.
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan Fifth House 1989 0920079474 / 9780920079478 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good+ Very Good+ 
144 pp + index, oblong (8 3/8" H x 10 3/8" D). B&w photographs, maps, small colour section. Contents: James Bird's Vision; Prince Albert and the New Northwest; The Political Art of Park Making; Getting Started; Guardians of the Wild; The Park Takes Shape; Archie; Playground for the Prairies; Growing Pains; To Protect and Manage; New Directions; Wolf Country; Acknowledgements/Biblio-graphical Note; Endnotes; Index. Minor wrinkling at top/bottom of spine, very small bump on bottom edge of rear board. Dust jacket has some very minor edge wrinkling. 
Price: 30.00 USD
 
 
156 Watson, Albert Durrant. (Robert Norwood.) ROBERT NORWOOD. MAKERS OF CANADIAN LITERATURE SERIES.
Ryerson Press, Toronto, n.d. 
132 pp, 16mo (6 5/8" H), hard cover in blue cloth with gold letter/decoration on spine - no dust jacket. Contains a biography, anthology of Norwood's work, an appreciation and a bibliography. Interior - clean and tight with no previous ownership m arks. Exterior - top of textblock browning, tiny bump to top rear corner, light edge wear, light rubbing. VG 
Price: 15.00 USD
 
 
A HISTORY OF BRITAIN IN THIRTY-SIX POSTAGE STAMPS., West, Chris.  (Christopher)
157 West, Chris. (Christopher) A HISTORY OF BRITAIN IN THIRTY-SIX POSTAGE STAMPS.
New York Picador 2013 1250035503 / 9781250035509 First American Edition Hard Cover Very Good+ Very Good 
277 pp, 8 1/2" H. Colour reproductions. "(T)ells the rich, layered, and breathtaking history of Britain through thirty-six of its fascinating, often beautiful, and sometimes eccentric postage stamps. Through them, one can glimpse the whole epic tale of an empire unfolding. From the famous Penny Black, printed soon after Queen Victoria's coronation, to the Victory! stamp of 1946, anticipating the struggle of postwar reconstruction, (this) is a hugely entertaining and indiosyncratic romp, told in Chris West's lively prose. On their own, stamps can be curiosities, even artistic marvels; in this book, stamps become a window into the larger sweep of history." The author begins each of the 36 chapters with a representative stamp, using it as a springboard to dive into the social, political and/or international issues of the time. Very minor wrinkling at top/bottom of spine, very light edge wear. 
Price: 12.50 USD
 
 
THE THREE-STAR BLITZ:  THE BAEDEKER RAIDS AND THE START OF TOTAL WAR 1942-1943., Whiting, Charles.
158 Whiting, Charles. THE THREE-STAR BLITZ: THE BAEDEKER RAIDS AND THE START OF TOTAL WAR 1942-1943.
Leo Cooper, London, 1987. 
184 pp, large 8vo (9 1/2" H), hard cover in dust jacket. ISBN 085052881X B&w photographs. "The German attempt to break the morale of the British by bombing London in 1940 did not succeed, so two years later, they switched their targets to the und efended cathedral cities of Exeter, Bath, York, Canterbury and Norwich, cities marked in Karl Baedeker's famous guidebook with three stars. Hence the name by which they came to be known. This time the British were not slow to retaliate and t h e p u n ishment rained down upon the unfortunate people of Hamburg and Cologne surpassed in ferocity anything that had gone before. From now on the morale of the civil population came to be regarded as a legitimate target in the battle to bre a k th e e ne my 's will. Charles Whiting describes in detail the Baedeker raids on the cathedral cities of England and the retaliatory raids on Germany, illustrating his story with the recollections of many of those who survived the raids. He an al ys es th e per son ali ties of the Top Brass on both sides who authorized the bombings and shows how the change in attitude to indiscriminate bombing gradually came about. It is a gruesome yet fascinating story, told with all the vividness which re ade rs of Ch arle s Wh itin g's books will have come to expect." Minor wrinkling at bottom of spine. Dust jacket has minor edge wrinkling. Very Good+/Very Good+ 
Price: 15.00 USD
 
 
THROUGH FOOTLESS HALLS OF AIR: THE STORIES OF A FEW OF THE MANY WHO FAILED TO RETURN., Williston, Floyd.  Foreword by AVM J.E. (Johnnie) Johnson.
159 Williston, Floyd. Foreword by AVM J.E. (Johnnie) Johnson. THROUGH FOOTLESS HALLS OF AIR: THE STORIES OF A FEW OF THE MANY WHO FAILED TO RETURN.
General Store Publishing, Burnstown, Ontario, 1996. 
310 pp, large 8vo (9" H), soft cover. ISBN 1896182445 B&w photographs. "Floyd Williston has meticulously researched the short lives of six Atlantic Canada airmen, two of them the author's brothers, who failed to return from aerial operations duri ng the Second World War. The result is an exciting and moving chronicle of life-and-death struggle." Includes: F/O David Albert Romans, DFC/N.S. (No.90 Squadron), F/SGT Albert Williston/N.S. (No.514 Squadron); F/O Earle K. Reid/N.S. (No.432 S q u a d r on); F/O Fred M. (Miff) Mifflin, DFC/Nfld. (No. 106 Squadron), S/L Norman R. Fowlow, DFC/Nfld. (No. 411 Squadron), P/O James C. (Jimmie) Tuplin/P.E.I. (No.426 Squadron). Interior - clean and tight with no previous ownership marks. Ext e ri or - v er y minor rubbing. Near Fine 
Price: 15.00 USD
 
 
POX:  AN AMERICAN HISTORY., Willrich, Michael.
160 Willrich, Michael. POX: AN AMERICAN HISTORY.
New York Penguin Press 2011 1594202869 / 9781594202865 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good Very Good 
422 pp, large 8vo (9 1/2" H). B&w photographs. "At the turn of the last century, a powerful smallpox epidemic swept the United States from coast to coast. The age-old disease spread swiftly through an increasingly interconnected American landscape: from southern tobacco plantations to the dense immigrant neighborhoods of northern cities to far-flung villages on the edges of the nascent American empire. (This book) offers a gripping chronicle of how the nation's continent-wide fight against smallpox launched one of the most important civil liberties struggles of the twentieth-century. At the dawn of the activist progressive era, and during a moment of great optimism about modern medicine, the government responded to the deadly epidemic by calling for universal compulsory vaccination. To enforce the law, public health authorities relied on quarantines, pesthouses, and 'virus squads' - corps of doctors and club-wielding police. Though these measures eventually contained the disease, they also sparked a wave of popular resistance among Americans who perceived them as a threat to their health and to their rights. At the time, antivaccinationists were often dismissed as misguided cranks, but Willrich argues that they belonged to a wider legacy of American dissent that attended the rise of an increasingly powerful movement. While a well-organized antivaccination movement sprang up during these years, many American resisted in subtler ways - by concealing sick family members or forging immunization certificates. 'Pox' introduces us to memorable characters on both sides of the debate, from Henning Jacobson, a Swedish Lutheran minister whose battle against vaccination went all the way to the Supreme Court, to C.P. Wertenbaker, a federal surgeon who saw himself as a medical missionary combating a deadly - and preventable - disease. As Willrich suggests, many of the questions first raised by the turn-of-the-century antivaccination movement are still with us: How far should the government go to protect us from peril? What happens when the interest of public health collide with religious beliefs and personal conscience?" Light wrinkling at top/bottom of spine. Dust jacket has some light edge creasing - mainly at top/bottom of spine. 
Price: 15.00 USD
 
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