Prelude to an Invasion: An Account Based Upon Official Reports By Henry L. Stimson, Secretary of War

Washington, D.C. Public Affairs Press, 1944. First Edition, First Printing. 8vo (8 5/8 inches / 220 mm tall), iii, 332 pages, in burgundy cloth, gilt titles to spine and upper board. Slight rubbing to boards, modest offsetting to end paper, slight soiling to top edge. Internally clean and unmarked. No dust jacket. A Very Good copy. INSCRIBED by Henry Stimson on the front free end paper: "To Allison Choate Esqre /with best wishes from / Henry L. Stimson." The recipient was a partner at Stimson's former law firm, Winthrop, Stimson, Putnam and Roberts. And like Stimson, Choate attended both Yale College and Harvard Law School. A fascinating collection of reports on the U.S. involvement in World War II by Henry Stimson, the Secretary of War. The reports, supplemented with numerous black-and-white photos, cover the war effort from shortly after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941 to the Normandy invasion in 1944. Stimson (1867-1950) writes about the progress of the war, the morale of the troops, the meetings with Stalin and Churchill, and many other aspects of the war. He's also self-deprecating at times: "My travels had some aspects that tended to bring me to my proper level...[w]hen I dismounted from the airplane in Newfoundland on our way out, I saw a number of very expectant-eyed second lieutenants waiting there on the ground whose faces fell when they saw my person come out of the plane. On inquiry I found there had been a rumor that Hedy Lamarr was coming." (page 143) An interesting collection, inscribed by the Secretary of War. SCARCE SIGNED. Item #1431

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