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[Beckett, John], Francis Beckett: The Rebel Who Lost His Cause, The Tragedy of John Beckett, MP. London House. London: 1999. First edition. 8vo. Boards. Pp. 224. Illustrated. Checklist. Index. Fine copy in dj. $45.00

John Beckett began his political career in 1925 as the youngest MP in the Labour Party. He seemed to be on the fast track to leadership. However he alienated his colleagues and was driven out of Parliament in 1931. He then joined Sir Oswald Mosley's British Union of Fascists, taking on the responsibility of their propaganda. After quarreling with Mosley, he formed the National Socialist League with William Joyce, and then the People's Party with the Duke of Bedford. He spent the War years in prison. This biography by his son attempts to understand why his father and many in his First World War generation tried to deal with poverty and privation at home by taking up radical politics.

Michael Beschloss: The ConquerorsBeschloss, Michael: The Conquerors, Roosevelt, Truman and the Destruction of Hitler's Germany, 1941-1945. Simon & Schuster. New York: 2002. First edition. 8vo. Boards. Pp. xviii, 378. Illustrated: (16) pp. of plates. General Sources. Notes. Index. Fine copy in dj. $12.00

Robert Rhodes James: Robert Boothby[Boothby, Robert], Robert Rhodes James: Robert Boothby, A Portrait of Churchill's Ally. Viking. New York: 1991. First edition. 8vo. Cloth-backed boards. Fine copy in dj. $20.00

Carroll, James: House of War, The Pentagon and the Disastrous Rise of American Power. Houghton Miflin. New York: 2006. First edition. 8vo. Boards. Pp. xiv, 658. Illustrated: (16) pp. of plates. Notes. Bibliography. Index. Reader's marks throughout; else very good in fine dj. $5.00

[Churchill, Winston S.], Max Hastings: Winston's War, Churchill, 1940-1945. Alfred A. Knopf. New York: 2010. First edition. 8vo. Boards. Pp. xiv, 558. 12 maps. Illustrated: (32) pp. of plates. Notes. Select Bibliography. Index. Remainder mark on bottom edge; else fine copy in dj. $18.00

[Churchill, Winston S.], Ted Morgan: Churchill, Young Man in a Hurry, 1874-1915. Simon and Schuster. New York: 1982. First edition. 8vo. Cloth-backed boards. Fine copy in dj. $12.00

Churchill's own father predicted that he would be a ‘social wastrel.’ Others were equally dismissive. Lord Kitchener, for one, never trusted him. Churchill had obvious gifts, yet his ambition and arrogance were such that he alienated many of his contemporaries. This biography ends with Churchill's greatest failure, the disastrous campaign at Gallipoli. It appeared to shatter his career.

[Churchill, Winston S.], Randolph S. Churchill: Winston S. Churchill, Volume 1, Youth 1874-1900. Houghton, Mifflin. Boston: 1966. First edition. Cloth-backed boards. Fine copy in dj. $25.00

[Churchill, Winston S.]. The Churchills. Narrated by Ian Holm. Featuring the voices of Robert Hardy, Ronald Pickup, Harriet Walters. WGBH Boston Video. 2003. DVD movie. 150 minutes. Full frame format. Color. Fine copy with liner notes. $22.00

Cronkite, Walter: A Reporter's Life. Alfred A. Knopf. New York: 1996. First edition. 8vo. Cloth-backed boards. Pp. viii, 390. Illustrated: (16) pp. of plates. Gift inscription on first free end-paper; else fine in fine dust-jacket. $4.00

Cross, Colin: The Fascists in Britain. St Martin's Press. New York: 1963. First edition. 8vo. Cloth. Pp. 214, (ii). Illustrated: frontispiece, 3 plates. Notes. Index. Near fine copy in dj. $26.00

Crossman, Richard H. S.: The Myth of Cabinet Government. Harvard University Press. Cambridge, 1972. First edition. 8vo. Cloth. Fine copy in dj. This copy is inscribed by the author for V. S. Pritchett. $100.00

Richard Davenport-Hines: And English AffairDavenport-Hines, Richard: An English Affair, Sex, Class and Power in the Age of Profumo. Harper Press. London: 2013. First edition. 8vo. Boards. Pp. xvi, 400. Illustrated: (16) pp. of plates. Notes. Index. Fine copy in dust-jacket. $28.00

The first eight chapters of this book introduce us—lest you had forgottenn—to the brilliant cast for the great scandal of the 1960s: Prime Minister (Harold Macmillan), War Minister (John Profumo), Lord (Bill Astor), Doctor (Stephen Ward), Good-time Girls (Christine Keeler and Mandy Rice-Davies) and so on. What happened in 1963 marked the end of a deferential England when hypocrisy, snobbishness, bullying and class superiority began, finally, to come to an end. It was—and remains—a fascinating drama.

[De Gaulle, Charles], Jean Lacouture: De Gaulle the Ruler 1945-1970. Translated by Alan Sheridan. W. W. Norton. New York: 1992. First edition. 8vo. Cloth-backed boards. Pp. x, 644. Illustrated: (32) pp. of plates. Notes. Bibliography. Index. Fine copy in dj. $25.00

Evans, Harold: My Paper Chase, True Stories of Vanished Times. Little, Brown and Company. New York: 2009. First edition. 8vo. Two-tone boards. Pp. (x), 580. Illustrated: (16) pp. of plates. Bibliography. Index. Remainder mark on top edge, else fine copy in dj. $12.00

[Gellner, Ernest], John A. Hall: Ernest Gellner, An Intellectual Biography. Verso. London and New York: 2010. First edition. 8vo. Boards. Pp. xxii, 400, (iv). Illustrated: (8) pp. of plates. Index. Fine copy in dj. $12.00

Gellner was a passionate advocate of reason against any form of relativism. His background was Jewish and Czech. Later he taught at the London School of Economics and Cambridge University. The author says this about him: “Gellner's mind was equipped with a broad range of intellectual resources, the versatility of which was surprising and elegant.”

Hamm, Jeffrey: The Evil Good Men Do, A Study in Decline. Foreword by Diana Mosley. Sanctuary Press. London: 1988. First edition. 8vo. Boards. Pp. 214, (ii). Index. Inscribed by the author. Fine copy in dj. $40.00

Jeffrey Hamm was a supporter of Sir Oswald Mosley. Along with all the British Fascists he was interned during the War, although in his case he spent his time rather more comfortably than the others at a camp in South Africa. Later he became Mosley's private secretary and was a frequent contributor to right-wing magazines, including one he also edited.

Hasselbach, Ingo with Tom Reiss: Führer-Ex, Memoirs of a Former Neo-Nazi. Random House. New York: 1996. First edition. 8vo. Cloth-backed boards. Pp. xii, 388. Fine copy in dj. $10.00

[Havel, Václav], Eda Kriseová: Václav Havel, The Authorized Biography. Translated by Caleb Crain. St. Martin's Press. New York: 1993. First edition. 8vo. Cloth-backed boards. Pp. xviii, 300, (ii). Illustrated: (16) pp. of plates. Glossary. Index. Fine copy in dj. $12.00

Richard Reeves: President Kennedy[Kennedy, John F.], Richard Reeves: President Kennedy, Profile of Power. Simon & Schuster. New York: 1993. First edition. 8vo. Cloth-backed boards. Pp. 800. Illustrated: (16) pp. of plates. Source Notes. Bibliographic Essay. Index. Signature by former owner on first free end-paper, else fine copy in dj. $5.00

Laqueur, Walter: Fascism, Past, Present, Future. Oxford University Press. New York: 1996. First edition. 8vo. Cloth-backed boards. Fine copy in dj. $15.00

Leigh, David: The Wilson Plot, How the Spycatchers and Their American Allies Tried to Overthrow the British Government. Pantheon Books. New York: 1988. First edition. 8vo. Cloth-backed boards. Pp. xvi, 272. Fine copy in dj. $10.00.

MacKenzie, Norman and Jeanne: The Fabians. Simon & Schuster. New York: 1977. First edition. 8vo. Cloth. Fine copy in dj. $20.00

The Fabians were a circle of intellectuals whose ideas had a great influence on the development of society in the early 20th Century. Its members included George Bernard Shaw, Sidney and Beatrice Webb, Bertrand Russell, and H. G. Wells.

Morgan, Ted: Reds, McCarthyism in Twentieth-Century America. Random House. New York: 2003. First edition. 8vo. Two-tone boards. Pp. xiv, 690. Sources. Index. Fine copy in fine dust-jacket. $18.00

This history covers a huge amount of material from the rise of Bolshevism in Russia during World War I, to the very real attempts by the Soviets to subvert the U.S. in the 1930s and '40s, to the excessive reaction on the part of the American Government after World War II, to the obscenities of Senator Joseph McCarthy in the early 1950s, and finally to the various twitches of anti-Communism after McCarthy's swift fall. It is quite a story!

[Mussolini, Benito], Jasper Ridley: Mussolini. St. Martin's Press. New York: 1998. First edition. 8vo. Boards. Pp. xiv, 432. Illustrated: (16) pp. plates. Map. Sources and references. Checklist. Index. Fine copy in dj. $20.00

Nabarro, Sir Gerald: Nab 1, Portrait of a Politician. Robert Maxwell, Publisher. Oxford: 1969. Also: Exploits of a Politician, the companion volume of autobiography (London: 1973). First editions. 8vo. Cloth. Illustrated. Index. The first is inscribed by the author on the first free end-paper. Very good set in dust-jackets. $60.00

New Yorker, The: The 60s, The Story of a Decade. Edited by Henry Finder. Introduction by David Remnick. Random House. New York: 2016. First edition. 8vo. Two-tone boards. Pp. xiv, 706. Contributors. Fine copy in dust-jacket. $42.00

David Remnick, current editor of The New Yorker, writes about how his predecessor, William Shawn, sought to make the magazine “more politically engaged, more formally daring, more vivid, and more intellectually exciting than it had ever been or wished to be.” To do that Shawn gathered writers of talent who were able to record the spirit of the time, including James Baldwin, Richard Rovere, Calvin Trillin, Jonathan Miller, Hans Koningsberger, Mavis Gallant, and A. J. Liebling. This book is exceptionally interesting.

Matthew Parris: Great Parliamentary ScandalsParris, Matthew: Great Parliamentary Scandals, Four Centuries of Calumny, Smear and Innuendo. Assistant Editors: David Prosser and Andrew Pierce. With a Foreword by the Rt Hon. David Mellor QC MP. Robson Books. London: 1995. First edition. 8vo. Boards. Pp. xxii. 346. Illustrated. Bibliography. Index. Inscription and owner's signature on first free end-paper, else fine in price-clipped dust-jacket. $32.00

The author was himself a member of Parliament and later, notably, wrote about politics for The Times. In his former role he was elected because, he claims, he rescued a dog from the Thames, and his greatest achievement was an effort to end the imprisonment of prostitutes. He writes here about the juiciest scandals of which there have been so many over the years. Politicians have feet of clay.

[Pétain, Philippe], Charles Williams: Pétain, How the Hero of France Became a Convicted Traitor and Changed the Course of History. Palgrave/Macmillan. New York: 2005. First edition. 8vo. Boards. Pp. xii, 298, (ii). Illustrated: (8) pp. of plates. Notes. Checklist. Index. fine copy in dj. $12.00

Preston, John: A Very English Scandal Sex, Lies and a Murder Plot in the Houses of Parliament. Other Press. New York: 2016. Reprinted. 8vo. Boards. Pp. xii, 340. Illustrated: (8) pp. of plates. Index. Fine copy in dust-jacket. $36.00

This is the story of one of the most remarkable political scandals. Jeremy Thorpe, gifted with the best education and having great potential, became leader of the Liberal Party. But he had a deep secret. In 1960 he met a stable boy, Norman Josiffe, and began a long-term affair with him which eventually became a burden for both of them: “Fifteen years after they had first met, he and Scott [Josiffe] were locked in a macabre gavotte, with each blaming the other for blighting his life. As long as Scott was alive, Thorpe lived in a perpetual state of fear.” What Thorpe did was to hire a hitman to kill Josiffe. This story has recently been dramatized for TV starring Hugh Grant and Ben Whishaw.

John Preston: We Saw Spain DiePreston, John: We Saw Spain Die, Foreign Correspondents in the Spanish Civil War. Herman Graf Book/Skyhorse Publishing. New York: 2009. First edition. 8vo. Boards. Pp. xii, 436. Illustrated: (16) pp. of plates. Notes. Checklist. Index. Fine copy in dust-jacket. $18.00

Reich, Robert B.: The Work of Nations, Preparing Oursevles for 21st-Century Capitalism. Alfred A. Knopf. New York: 1991. First edition. 8vo. cloth-backed boards. Pp. xii, 336. A Note on Additional Sources. Index. Fine copy in price-clipped dj. Hardcover. $12.00

Reston, James: Deadline, A Memoir. Random House. New York: 1991. First edition. 8vo. Cloth-backed boards. Pp. xviii, 526. Illustrated: (16) pp. of plates. Appendix. Index. Near fine copy in fine dust-jacket. $6.00

Shaw, George Bernard: The Intelligent Woman's Guide to Socialism and Capitalism. Constable. London: 1928. First edition. 8vo. Decorated cloth. Front hinge broken; else very good copy. No dj. $18.00

Shirer, William M.: A Native's Return, Volume III, 20th Century Journey, A Memoir of a Life and the Times. Little, Brown & Company. Boston: 1990. First edition. Cloth-backed boards. Pp. xxii, 484, (iv). Illustrated: (16) pp. of plates. Index. Small remainder mark on bottom edge; dust-jacket has a one-inch tear at the top of the fold; else fine copy. $12.00

Simpson, A. W. B.: Rhetoric, Reality, and Regulation 18B, A Public Lecture. Child & Co. Oxford: 1987. 9 x 6 inches. 36 pp. stapled into wrappers. Covers a little faded. Some underlinings. $8.50

The author contends that the British Government sought to destroy Mosley's British Union of Fascists by using an internment provision—section18B—of the Defence of the Realm Act. The result at least was clear. Mosley and all his followers were imprisoned, some briefly, others for years. It has to be noted, however, that although there were a total of 1,847 orders for detention under 18B, only about 750 concerned Mosley's party. Further, by the more general Royal Prerogative some 30,000 people were locked up, many of them aliens and/or Jews. The British Government's record of justice during the War was fairly lamentable, and this is often overlooked in the history of the period.

Strachey, John: The End of Empire. Gollancz. London: 1959. First edition. 8vo. Boards. Some marginal notes and underlining of text in ink. Very good copy in dj. $18.00

Strachey, John: What Are We To Do? Random House. New York: 1938. First printing. 8vo. Buckram. Pp. x, 340. Review copy with typed note (partially torn) from the publisher laid in. Fine copy in frayed and soiled dj. $12.00

Thurlow, Richard: Fascism in Britain, A History, 1918-1985. Basil Blackwell. New York: 1987. First edition. 8vo. Boards. Pp. xviii, 318. Illustrated: (16) pp. of plates. Bibliographical Note. Index. Fine copy in dj. $15.00

Weber, Eugen: The Hollow Years, France in the 1930s. W. W. Norton. New York: 1994. First edition. 8vo. Cloth-backed boards. Pp. xii, 356. Index. Illustrated. Fine copy in dj. $15.00

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