Average Americans

New York: G. P. Putnam's Sons, 1919. First Edition. Khaki cloth with brown lettering. Frontispiece of a smiling WW I doughboy. 8vo 5.62" x 8.12" pp. [iv] xxi [2] 1-252 with 6 pages of Putnam book advertisements, includes 10 Illustrations. Owners name and address on front paste down and verso of frontispiece ("William C. Bidlack Jr. 1918"), bookseller notation in pencil on FFE. A read copy with loose but not separating binding, some aging on pages close to the inner binding,scuffs on corners and spine.

A young Theodore Jr. who served with the First AEF during the "War to End All Wars" recounts his family in the early chapters and then goes on to give a verbal spanking to the politicians who sent courageous American young men to war unprepared fully for the battles on foreign soil. Very good. Item #247

"It is all very well for someone comfortably ensconced in his swivel chair in Washington to issue the statement that he glories in the fact that we went into this war unprepared. It may be glorious for him, but it is not glorious for those who fight the war, for those who pay the price. The clap-trap statesmen of this type should be forced to go themselves or at least have their sons, as guarantee of their good faith, join the fighting forces. Needless to say, none of them did." (p 31).

Price: $75.00

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