The Challenge to Liberty.New York, Charles Scribner's Sons, 1934 Stock Code: 138515
NotesFirst edition, first printing, inscribed by the 31st President on the front free endpaper "To Prof. Henry R Fairclough with the kind regards of Herbert Hoover". The recipient Henry Rushton Fairclough (1862-1939) was a classical philologist, holding professorships at Stanford University from 1893 to 1927, and publishing various translations and bilingual editions of the Roman writers; his bookplate is on the front pastedown. Fairclough was a neighbour of Hoover's, and correspondence between the two is preserved with Fairclough's papers at Stanford University.
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, spine and front cover lettered in gilt. With the dust jacket.
Spine lightly sunned and bumped at ends, otherwise a very good copy in like jacket, spine panel lightly sunned with slight rubbing and short closed tears at ends, crease to rear flap.
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