The Challenge to Liberty.New York, Charles Scribner's Sons, 1934 Stock Code: 138311
NotesFirst edition, first printing, inscribed by the 31st President on the front free endpaper "To Carl W Jones With the kind regards of Herbert Hoover". The recipient was Carl Waring Jones (1887-1957), the proprietor of the Minneapolis Journal, publisher of books on magic, and patron of the arts in Minneapolis. Letters between Jones and Hoover are preserved in the Minnesota Historical Society.
In The Challenge to Liberty, Hoover argues that the increasing bureaucracy, regimentation and centralization of power ongoing in America under Roosevelt (to whom he lost the 1932 election) was threatening American liberty. Hoover makes the case for liberty in the classical sense, opposes an increase in state power, and rejects the ascendant philosophies of socialism, fascism and communism.
Octavo. Original blue cloth, titles to spine and front cover in gilt. With the dust jacket; fragments of original glassine loosely inserted at rear.
Very light bumping at extremities, otherwise a near-fine, square copy; in the good jacket, long closed tear to rear panel, spine panel sunned and slightly soiled, general light rubbing and minor chipping.
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