Klass, Gert von. Translated from the German by James Cleugh.
Title KRUPPS: THE STORY OF AN INDUSTRIAL EMPIRE.
Publisher Sidgwick and Jackson, London, (1954), Ist U.K. edition.
Seller ID 13012
437 pp, 8vo (8 5/8" H), hard cover in dust jacket. B&w photos. "The most famous - the majority of people in Britain, America and France would say the most notorious - armament-manufacturing firm in the world can hardly fail to be of interest...The history of Krupps is an absorbing one...a tale of heroic achievements despite desperate odds; imperturbable patience in the face of envy and hate; single-minded devotion to an ideal. Although - with the exception of old Friedrich Krupp - all were millionaires, none of the five very different men successively responsible for the firm's dealings from its foundation in 1812 until the present day had anything in common with the popular or Shavian conception of the brutal captain of industry. The family as a whole was more remarkable for the relatively humdrum virtues of perseverance, sobriety, modesty and unselfishness than for more awe-inspiring attributes, good or bad. The excitement of the tale, therefore, comes less from their personalities, which might, with one exception, be considered rather drab, than from the tremendous drama of the European history of the last 150 years and the successive phases, which each Krupp in his way illustrated, of the rise of typically modern Western man." Previous owner's bookplate and label on front pastedown, faint erased pencil marks and light browning on free front endpaper, light edge wear, light browning on free rear endpaper, light wrinkling at top/bottom of spine. Dust jacket is price clipped, has light browning, two small chips, moderate edge wear/tiny tears - mainly at top/bottom of spine and flap-folds, light rubbing. VG-/G