The Hang Fire Books Blog

The rantings of a bookdealer in Brooklyn, New York.

Monday, July 27, 2009

Summer Sabbatical

Jumping off the grid tomorrow for 10 days of lazing about in Canada's Algonquin National Park. A long uninterrupted stretch of swimming, hammock swinging, eating and summer reading.

Here's my pile for this year:

I'll try to pick up the pace with blog posts once I'm back and refreshed.

Bye all.

Thursday, July 23, 2009

What I Did on My Summer Vacation

IMG_4111, originally uploaded by Hang Fire Books.

Slideshow on Flickr.

Thursday, July 2, 2009

WWII Ephemera

I stumbled on an interesting WWII-era collection at a local thrift shop and found a few interesting items worth sharing:

First this pamphlet of "Recommended War Books...Planned and Selected by The Council on Books in War Time" (Their motto was "Books Are Weapons in the War of Ideas"), distributed by the Brooklyn Public Library.

Page 1, Page 2

This is "List 14" of recommended war books. I'd be curious to see the other lists.

Next, "Honorable Spy" by John L. Spivak, a 1939 digest-size PB original "Exposing Japanese Military in the United States" with a great sinister, xenophobic cover.

This will go well with my recently acquired copy of Punch Below the Belt, The: Japanese Ruses, Deception Tactics, and Antipersonnel Measures.