Chicago: Consolidated Book Publishers, Inc., 1943. First Edition, Second Issue. Red, white and blue printed on cardboard cover. Interesting book with a purpose. Includes 23 stories by greats like; O. Henry, Rudyard Kipling, Ellery Queen the first publications of a rising star, J. D. Salinger. 4/5" x 6" pp.  9-336. Salinger's story, "The Hang of It" is an ironic and brilliant tale of a new Army recruit. This book is in very good condition which is unusual because of its unintended purpose. Previous dealer price on ffe, 1" peel at top of ffe, starting to crack at top of rep, cover worn at all the obvious corners, binding is very good and cartoon colors are still brilliant.
These books were broadly sent to the troops to give them something to read in the Headquarters, on the ships or in the trenches. However, the shortage and rationing of paper, especially toilet kind, resulted in this book being read, story by story, then the pages used for double duty. Hence nowhere near as many survived as were printed. Very good +. Item #1288