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RAND, Ayn - HUNTER, Edward.

The Story of Mary Liu.

London: Hodder and Stoughton, 1956 Stock Code: 140356
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An anti-Communist memoir inscribed to Ayn Rand from the journalist who coined the term "brainwashing"

First edition, first printing, presentation copy, lengthily inscribed by the author on the front pastedown to his friend Ayn Rand, discussing the titular character ("In some ways she might have been weaker than your heroes, but in other aspects she was stronger - she never shrugged at the pivotal point") and his opinion of the "monumental" Atlas Shrugged.

Dated 6 October 1957 from his home in Port Washington, New York, Hunter's inscription fills the entirety of the front pastedown. It begins: "After reading that wonderful line in Atlas Shrugged: 'with no motor save the conviction that it could be done' I'm sending you and Frank O'Connor, her husband this original printing in England of my Mary Liu book. Every name and detail is true. That is how it happened". He goes on to express his "grave forebodings" that Atlas Shrugged will "come up against a sophisticated hysteria that cannot stand having such facts brought out into the open". The title page is annotated by Hunter to note the book's US publication details.

The American writer and intelligence agent Edward Hunter (1902-1978) spent his early journalistic career in Japan and China before becoming a specialist in the clandestine war ("psywar") section of the Office of Strategic Services. He is best known for coining the term "brainwashing", and for his anti-Communist works, including Brainwashing in Red China (1953) and The Story of Mary Liu, the 'memoir' of a Chinese Christian journalist witnessing the horrors of Communism.

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Octavo. Original blue cloth, spine lettered in gilt. With the pictorial dust jacket.


Contents evenly toned; jacket slightly chipped and browned in places, remnants of single tape repair to front flap joint verso stabilizing short split, the front panel illustration remaining generally bright. Overall in very good condition, the book itself near-fine.


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