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The God of the Machine.

G. P. Putnam's Sons, New York , 1943 Stock Code: 135834
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First edition, first printing, of the author's best-known work. A leading Canadian-American journalist and esteemed literary critic, Paterson (1886-1961) is credited as one of the "three furies" of the American libertarian movement alongside Ayn Rand and Rose Wilder Lane (William F. Buckley Jr. quoted by Burns, p. 746). In a lengthy and strongly-worded letter to Earle H. Balch, an editor at G. P. Putnam's Sons, Rand stressed the importance of Paterson's book and advised in great detail the best methods of publicizing its release, arguing that "The God of the Machine is a document that could literally save the world - if enough people knew of it and read it. It does for capitalism what the Bible did for Christianity - and, forgive the comparison, what Das Kapital did for Communism or Mein Kampf for Nazism. It takes a book to save or destroy the world" (28 November, 1943). The God of the Machine was published in the same year as Rand's The Fountainhead.

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Octavo. Original red cloth, spine lettered and blocked in blue, top edge blue, fore edge untrimmed. With the dust jacket.


Ownership signature of John L. Kenney, dated 1945, to front free endpaper. Spine ends bumped, extremities rubbed, endpapers a little browned; a very good copy, the contents notably bright and clean. Jacket good only; chipped and creased, spine panel faded with some loss at ends (touching two letters of the author's name and obscuring one of the publisher's) and a perforation to middle of spine, verso foxed.


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