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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.

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