- New York: The Grolier Club, 2020.
- 8.25 x 4.25 (landscape)
- 143 pages
- ISBN: 9781605830896
Price: $30.00 other currencies
Order Nr. 134705
In late 1943, small packages bound in sturdy brown paper began to arrive at American military outposts, each containing a set of ingenious pocket-sized books called the Armed Services Editions. Under the leadership of librarians, the Victory Book Campaign garnered the support of individuals, businesses, civic organizations, and Eleanor Roosevelt, who sat on its board. For war-weary, homesick men, these books-fiction, biographies, classics, sports tales, history books, poetry, compilations of short stories, books of humor-represented the greatest gift the military could give them.
In addition to displaying many examples of the editions, this catalogue, which complements the Grolier Club exhibition that was scheduled to take place from May 12 to August 1, 2020, includes posters, photographs, newspaper clippings, and other contemporary documents that provide valuable context for how the written word not only increased morale during wartime but ultimately transformed American education and changed the book industry forever.