New York: Henry Holt, 1951. First Edition, Presentation Copy (1/28). Red leather with titling in gilt on spine and 5-Star insignia on cover with map endpapers. INSCRIBED, "I very much appreciate the fine assistance you gave to Chet and me in puting (sp) the book in shape. ONB". 1/27 leather bound presentation copies, subset of 750 Limited Copies, Number 'TSA" [Theodore Smith Amussen]. 5.5" x 8.25", pp. xix, 2 - 618 with Frontispiece, 16 B&W full page illustrations, and 55 maps. Front cover professionally attached, rub and trace along vertical edge of spine, else fine.
This book was presented to Amussen by Bradley. Amussen was his editor at Holt. Chet referred to is LTC Chester "Chet" B. Hansen (1917 - 2012) was an aide-de-camp to Gen Bradley as well as a war time diarist. He recorded intimate and historical details beside Bradley as the Armies fought their way across Europe. Hansen received half of the royalties for this book.
Included with the book are: [A] AN in Bradley's hand designating who should receive the leather bound copies of the book. Included is: The President, Gen. Marshall, Eisenhower, Devers and Bedell Smith. Other recipients are: Joe Davies, Bernard Baruch and Louis Loeb. [B] ANS from Bradley confirming his satisfaction with the revised version of the book [C] TLS on Joint Chief of Staff Stationary inviting Amussen to his home to work on the book. [D] TLS on CoS Flag stationary, thanking Amussen for the first copy of the book off the presses and all of his efforts to get it completed and published.
Omar Nelson Bradley (1894 - 1981) was one of five, Five-Star General of the Army. He served in the European Theater during WW II, was appointed by Pres. Truman as the first Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff in 1949. GEN Bradley served on active duty continuously from 1911 until his death in 1981 – a total of more than 69 years. His was the longest active duty career in the history of the U.S. Armed Forces. Bradley was known as "The Soldier's General" for his sincere care for the safety and welfare of the troops. He was less enthusiastic about some of his peers, including: Douglas MacArthur, George Patton and Bernard Montgomery, all of whom he had issues with following the war.
Theodore Smith Amussen (1915 - 1988) a former New York book publisher who held executive editorial and administrative positions in New York City with Holt, Rinehart & Winston; Harcourt Brace Jovanovich; and Rinehart & Co., where he was a vice president and board member from 1953 to 1960. Later he was the editor in charge of general publishing programs at the National Gallery of Art. He worked for advertising agencies in the Salt Lake City before moving to Washington area in 1966. For the next two years, he worked as an editor and writer with the National Geographic Society and the National Park Service, where he was chief of book publishing operations Amussen came from a literary family. His grandmother was Ada Dwyer Russell, who lived in a Boston Marriage with the poet Amy Lowell, who posthoumously recieved the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry. He was homeschooled sitting at the knee of such luminaries as Robert Frost, Hilda Doolittle and others. He later atttended the Sorbonne and Harvard.
Provenance: This material was provided by Timothy Amussen, Alexandria, VA, son of Ted Amussen. He offers the following anecdote; "My father and General Bradley became close friends for life during the publishing of this book. So much so, that General Bradley became my godfather." All items fine or near fine absent description. Item #2151
"On the morning of D plus 1 the enemy's high command in Berlin awaited word from Rommel that the Allied landing had been roped off and would soon be flung into the Channel. But with the passing of D day, the enemy had lost his best chance to destroy us. By the morning of D plus 1 we had not only gotten a tight grip on the beachhead, but Allied build-up was already beginning to swell." (p 278).