Item #866 All My Enemies. Stanley Baron.

All My Enemies

New York: Ballantine Books, 1952. First Edition, First Printing.

12mo (7 3/8 x 4 3/4 inches; 185 x 120 mm), 247, [3] pages, gray quarter cloth over black boards, in an unclipped, photo-illustrated dust jacket (hard cover).

Communist agent arrives in the U.S. to persuade a scientist to defect to the Soviet Union. He also gets involved with some American women who suspect he's up to no good. As far as Cold War fiction goes, it's not bad at all. Published during the McCarthy era, this book actually goes easy on the lurid, anti-Red hysteria of so much Cold War fiction.

The author, Stanley Baron, worked as a political analyst for the U.S. government, so presumably had a keen insight into the psychology and motivations of Communist agents and fellow-travellers.

CONDITION: Near Fine in a bright, Near Fine dust jacket that has a bit of rubbing and a couple of nicks. The flap edges are slightly trimmed but the $1.50 price remains intact on the front flap. An attractive copy of a Ballantine hardcover. Unfortunately, Ballantine didn't credit the artist who designed the striking photomontage dust jacket. Item #866

Price: $75.00

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