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Disraeli - A Picture of the Victorian Age, Maurois, Andre
41 Maurois, Andre Disraeli - A Picture of the Victorian Age
Alexandria, VA Time Reading Program 1980 Trade Paperback Very Good+ 
Illustrated by DiValentin, Louis (cover)

xxii + 369 pp, index, bibliography. Some rubbing, slight edge wear, binding fairly tight. A nice copy.

"1874 That year was a climactic one for Disraeli, erstwhile dandy, occasional novelist, brilliant orator and shrewd tactician in Parliament for 37 years. Rising above his checkered background, he assumed the office of Prime Minister - -and promptly met the startling change in his countrymen's attitude toward him. Maurois describes the phenomenon: 'The adventurer, his genius tolerated by some, his authority contested by others, referred to as "Dizzy" with a familiarity sometimes affectionate, sometimes scornful, had now become an object of respect. "
Translated by Hamish Miles.; 7" - 9" Tall
005181 
Price: 5.00 USD

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The Life of Thomas Cranmer, Maynard, Theodore
42 Maynard, Theodore The Life of Thomas Cranmer
Chicago Henry Regnery Company 1956 First Edition Hardcover Very Good in Very Good- dust jacket 


xiv + 242 pp, black cloth with white lettering. Spine slightly slanted, corners bumped, slight edge wear, owner's seal impressed on front end paper. Jacket shows a little edge wear, some rubbing and darkening, spine sunned. A nice copy.

"Shortly after Mary Tudor ascended the throne of England in 1553, the Archbishop of Canterbury was found guilty of treason, subsequently charged with heresy and in 1556 was burned at the stake. In this dramatic martyrdom of Thomas Cranmer anti-Catholic sentiment reached a new pitch and the compiler of the Book of Common Prayer became a powerful symbol for the new Protestantism. Theodore Maynard has written a brilliant biography of this man who did more than any other single person to determine the course of the Church of England."; 7" - 9" Tall
005211 
Price: 14.75 USD

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Singing My Him Song, McCourt, Malachy
43 McCourt, Malachy Singing My Him Song
New York HarperCollins 2000 0060195932 / 9780060195939 First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Near Fine dust jacket 


A bright, tight, attractive copy.

" McCourt tells us how he went from living the headlong and heedless life of a world class drunk to becoming a sober, loving father and grandfather, still happily married after thirty-five years. We meet the woman who stood by his side all those years, watch as they build a family together, and .listen as McCourt pursues a career of surprising successes and comic missteps, But while becoming the host of television and radio talk shows, appearing in dozens of movies and plays, and establishing himself as a well-loved regular on Ryan's Hope and One Life To Live, McCourt must also face the wreckage of his past Bawdy and funny, naked and moving, told I the same inimitable voice that left readers all over the world wondering what happened next, Malachy McCourt's Singing My Him Song tells as honest and entertaining a story as anyone could hope for."; 7" - 9" Tall
005662 
Price: 7.95 USD

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Borrowed Time: An AIDS Memoir, Monette, Paul
44 Monette, Paul Borrowed Time: An AIDS Memoir
Orlando, Florida Harcourt Brace Jovanovich 1988 0151135983 / 9780151135981 First Edition Hardcover Very Good+ in Very Good+ dust jacket 


Spine slightly slanted. DJ has thin sun line across top edge. A bright, atractive copy.

"Roger Horwitz and Paul Monnette met in the mid-70s in Boston and moved together to Los Angeles, where, a decade later, Roger was diagnosed with AIDS, For almost two years, day and night, Paul helped his 'beloved friend' fight the disease. From the quiet onset of the illness, through the terrifying battery of ailments, hospitalizations, and experimental treatments, up until Roger's final blindness and death, the story is told without sentimentality or sensationalism. 'We never lost the will to win, and thus never lost a minute of the whole twenty months,' says Monette. Paul Monette brings us a report from the AIDS battlefield."; 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall
004388 
Price: 7.95 USD

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Last Watch of the Night: Essays Too Personal and Otherwise, Monette, Paul
45 Monette, Paul Last Watch of the Night: Essays Too Personal and Otherwise
New York Harcourt, Brace and Company 1994 0151000719 / 9780151000715 First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Near Fine dust jacket 


A bright, attractive copy.

"With Borrowed Time and Becoming a Man, these essays constitute the third volume of Paul Monette's autobiographical writing. Freewheeling and yet focused, brimming with outrage and yet tender, Last Watch of the Night represents a profound personal reconciliation but also a testament to the struggle for freedom of all gay and lesbian people."; 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall
004380 
Price: 9.95 USD

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Ladies Were Not Expected:  Abigail Scott Duniway and Women's Rights, Morrison, Dorothy Nafus
46 Morrison, Dorothy Nafus Ladies Were Not Expected: Abigail Scott Duniway and Women's Rights
New York Atheneum 1977 First Edition Cloth Good in Very Good dust jacket 


Boards worn and frayed at bottom. DJ in protective plastic wrapper tapped to boards. Ex-library with usual stamps. Light stain on p. 115. Black and white photographs throughout text.

"Abigail Scott's mother wept bitterly when she was born and her father was cross - she was a girl and a girl was grievance almost too burdensome to be borne. When Abigail's father moved the family west, she saw her mother die along the way, o a trip she hadn't wanted to take. In Oregon, marriage to Ben Duniway began as a round of house and farm work and babies, just as for the other women settlers, until an accident to Ben changed their lives. Abigail had to support the family, and she loved it! She went from schoolteaching, to running a shop, to editing one of the first newspapers in Portland. She fumed at the many injustices to women, but it was Ben who pointed out that things wouldn't be better until women could vote. This began Abigail Scott Duniway's fight for women's suffrage in Oregon."
Age Level: Grades 4-8; Ex-Library; 7" - 9" Tall
005667 
Price: 5.75 USD

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Charles Percy of Illinois, Murray, David
47 Murray, David Charles Percy of Illinois
New York Harper & Row 1968 First Edition Cloth Very Good in Very Good- dust jacket 


178 pp., 8 pp. black and white photographs, index. Black cloth boards with spine slightly slanted and gift inscription inside. DJ is price-clipped and has minor edgewear and one small tear. A bright, attractive copy.

"Mr. Murray tells the remarkable Percy story in revealing detail, with the insight of an experienced reporter. He shows us Percy instituting an equal-employment-opportunity policy at Bell & Howell before it was either necessary or fashionable to do so; telling well-heeled high school students what it feels like to have to live in a house where rats and cockroaches crawl over your feet; and enduring the horror of his daughter's murder in the middle of the 1966 Senatorial campaign. Watching Percy in business ventures and political campaigns, we come to know who he is, how he feels, what he thinks and how likely he is to act."; 7" - 9" Tall
005666 
Price: 8.25 USD

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Lincoln for the Ages, Newman, Ralph G. (Editor)
48 Newman, Ralph G. (Editor) Lincoln for the Ages
Garden City, NY Doubleday & Company 1960 Book Club (BCE/BOMC) Hardcover Good in Fair dust jacket 


512 pp., references, sources, "A Basic Lincoln Library," index. Corners bumped, PO names inside, some underlining. DJ sunned on spine, with large tear repaired with tape, a 1 1/2" tear and some very small chips at spine and flap ends.

In Lincoln for the Ages, 78 of our finest writers and most distinguished Americans and most distinguished Americans reveal Lincoln's tremendous impact upon the world in a brilliantly conceived collection of original papers." Contributors include Carl Sandburg, Allan Nevins, Senator Paul H. Douglas, Henry S. Commager, Mark Van Doren, Adlai Stevenson, Paul Angle, David Mearns, John Hope Franklin, Frank Vandiver and many others.; 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall
006079 
Price: 6.95 USD

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My Life in Court, Nizer, Louis
49 Nizer, Louis My Life in Court
New York Doubleday & Company 1961 Hardcover Very Good in Very Good dust jacket 


524 pp, black cloth. Corners bumped, slight edge wear primarily to top and base of spine, a little rubbing. Jacket is price clipped with some edge wear, a little scuffing, and a couple of small nearly closed tears. A nice copy that appears to be an early reprint.

"In a book that is packed with more excitement, drama and suspense than any fictional mystery, Louis Nizer, one of America's most famous trial lawyers, recounts some of his most fascinating and significant cases. To his legal memoirs he brings a brilliant mind, wit, compassion, and a narrative style and precision of utterance - qualities rarely found in one writer."; 7" - 9" Tall
005148 
Price: 8.50 USD

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Man of the House: The Life and Political Memoirs of Speaker Tip O'Neill With Novak, O'Neill, Thomas P. Jr.; Novak, William
50 O'Neill, Thomas P. Jr.; Novak, William Man of the House: The Life and Political Memoirs of Speaker Tip O'Neill With Novak
New York Random House Inc 1987 0394552016 / 9780394552019 Hardcover Very Good- in Very Good- dust jacket 


387 pp., 16 pp. black and white photographs, index. Red boards with black cloth spine with gold and red lettering. Bottom of spine has 2" waterstain that has affected DJ and a few back pages. Otherwise this book is in excellent shape.

Tip O'Neill, one of America's most colorful figures, is a master politician and a master storyteller, a man of wit and wisdom. The narrative stretches from O'Neill's humble background in Cambridge (where the closest he got to Harvard was a summer job mowing the lawn) to his tenure as the nation's top ranking Democrat. Never one to hold back, O'Neill is remarkably candid as he assesses or leaders, and his final portraits of Carter and Reagan are as blunt and vivid as any ever offered about our chief executives. His story ends with a moving affirmation of his faith in old-fashioned liberalism, particularly the need to help those less fortunate.; 7" - 9" Tall
005661 
Price: 6.00 USD

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Assignment:  Spy, Olsen, Oluf Reed
51 Olsen, Oluf Reed Assignment: Spy
New York Scholastic 1965 Mass Market Paperback Good 


Abridged from "Two Eggs on My Plate." Scholastic Book #T-408. Spine slightly slanted, some scuffing, edgewear and bumping, PO name inside. Text starting to yellow, but clean and unmarked.

"This true story of international intrigue and espionage ranks with the best of the great fiction to come out of World War II. From the first demolition to the last desperate escape, Olsen's exploits provide excitement, drama and suspense."; 5" - 6" Tall
005962 
Price: 3.50 USD

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Anything Can Happen, Papashvily, George & Helen
52 Papashvily, George & Helen Anything Can Happen
New York Harper & Brothers 1945 Reprint Edition Cloth Very Good in Good dust jacket 

Signed by Author
202 pp. Black cloth boards with gold lettering on spine outlined in purple. Some edgewear & bumping. DJ in protective Brodart plastic wrap. DJ has some tiny chips along edge and a 1/2" chip on back edge, two 3/4" tears Signed by both authors on bottom of back flap.

"When George Papashvily landed in this country from Georgia in Russia he thought of America as a place where anything can happen - and in twenty years he has not changed his mind. It is possible to describe Anything Can Happen in a dozen ways, all of them true. It is the story of the making of an American. It is an adventure story. It is a book of delicious humor. It is folklore. It is an illustration, in vivid colors, of the things that American democracy has accomplished and also of the ways in which it has occasionally failed."; 7" - 9" Tall; Signed by Author
005759 
Price: 25.00 USD

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53 Price, David E. The Congressional Experience: A View from the Hill
Boulder, CO Westview Press 1992 081331156x / 9780813311562 First Edition Trade Paperback Very Good+ 

Signed by Author
Some edgewear. Inscribed by Congressman Price. A bright, attractive copy.

"The Congressional Experience combines an engaging, enlightening narrative with photos, figures, maps, and tables to tell the story of congressman David Price's odyssey from ivory tower of Duke University to the citadel of Capital Hill. Along the way, we get a clear sense of the challenge, disappointment, elation and deep concern implicit in serving as a member of Congress - especially the kind of member Representative Price has chosen to be. In an election year filled with name-calling, teeth-gnashing, and Congress-bashing, it is refreshing to hear David Price discuss what it means to simultaneously serve his constituency, his country, and his strong personal convictions about good government. A former professor of political science at Duke University, David E. Price has represented North Carolina's Fourth Congressional District since 1987. He is an at-large Democratic Whip and a member of the Appropriations Committee. His previous publications include Who Makes the Laws? And Bringing Back the Parties."; 7" - 9" Tall; Signed by Author
005887 
Price: 18.00 USD

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The Perfect Master:  The Early Life of Meher Baba, Purdom, C. B.
54 Purdom, C. B. The Perfect Master: The Early Life of Meher Baba
North Myrtle Beach, SC Sheriar Press 1976 Apparent First Edition Trade Paperback Good 


Minor edgewear and bumping, cover a little scuffed, 1/4" tear at top of spine, pp. 25-28 are loose. A clean, unmarked copy.

"This early biography, long out of print, of Meher Baba, was written by Charles B. Purdom and published in 1937 in London. The author used the information available to him at that time and it was the first biography concerning the Perfect Master to appear in the West. It treats in depth the period from 1911 to 1931, when Purdom first met Meher Baba on his initial visit to England, and continues with fascinating detail to the year 1936. This book is unique and its message has contemporary as well as historical value. It is personal in the sense that it shows how Meher Baba drew some of his first disciples, many of whom are still living at the time of this second edition of The Perfect Master, 1976."; 7" - 9" Tall
006228 
Price: 30.00 USD

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Custer's Last Stand, Reynolds, Quentin
55 Reynolds, Quentin Custer's Last Stand
New York Random House 1951 Eighth Printing Hardcover Good with no dust jacket 
Illustrated by Chapman, Frederick T.

Spine slanted, darkened, some wear and chipping at top and base. Dampstaining across both boards, corners bumped, minor edge wear with a dent to top edge of back cover. Owner's name insdie cover, a couple gold stars on read pastedown. Pages are clean and unmarked.

A "Landmark Book," this is the story of General George Armstrong Custer starting with his boyhood and life at West Point. As with so many men of his generation, Custer comes of age during the Civil War, where the young cavalryman makes a flamboyant name for himself, winding up a Brigadier General. Staying in the Army after the war, Custer ends up battling in the Indian wars out west and, in 1876, made his fateful campaign to the Little Big Horn.; 7 " - 9 " Tall
003189 
Price: 7.95 USD

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An Untold Story: The Roosevelts of Hyde Park, Roosevelt, Elliott; Brough, James
56 Roosevelt, Elliott; Brough, James An Untold Story: The Roosevelts of Hyde Park
New York G.P. Putnam's Sons 1973 Book Club (BCE/BOMC) Hardcover Very Good in Very Good dust jacket 


Orange cloth with black lettering, x + 338 pp, index, 8 pp of b/w photos. Spine a bit cocked, corners bumped, a little edge wear and rubbing. Jacket has minor edge wear, mostly at top and base of spine, and a little rubbing. A nice copy.

"An Untold Story" follows the lives of Franklin Delano Roosevelt and Eleanor Roosevelt through their fascinating disparate lives. Written by their third son Elliott, there are familial insights and comments that put new light on these two people who have such a prominent place in our country's history.; 7" - 9" Tall
007476 
Price: 7.50 USD

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Into That Good Night, Rozelle, Ron
57 Rozelle, Ron Into That Good Night
Thorndike, Maine G K Hall & Co 2000 0783889631 / 9780783889634 Large Print Edition Hardcover Near Fine with no dust jacket 
Illustrated by Buckley, Lynn [cover]

Glossy pictorial cover. No jacket, apparently as issued. "This Large Print Book carries the Seal of Approval of NAVH."

"Strong willed and charismatic, Lester Rozelle was school superintendent in the small East Texas town of Oakwood from the 1930s to the 1960s. With a firm hand, he guided his schools through disastrous fires and the strained process of integration in President Lyndon B. Johnson's home state. But several years ago Lester began to show signs of Alzheimer's disease, and his son had to watch the painful transformation of his proud father into a dependent and ultimately foreign person. Seemingly powerless to do anything but witness the slow loss of his father's past, Ron Rozelle re-creates and reclaims his own. Shuttling between the increasingly difficult present and his recollections of a time and a way of life now gone, Rozelle has written a poignant and heartbreaking lyrical gift for his father."; 7" - 9" Tall
006185 
Price: 7.50 USD

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Persons & Places:  The Background of My Life, Santayana, George
58 Santayana, George Persons & Places: The Background of My Life
New York Charles Scribner's Sons 1944 Early Reprint Cloth Very Good- in Poor dust jacket 


262 pp., glossy frontispiece of the author tipped in, index. Green cloth boards with faded gold lettering. Spine slightly slanted, some wear at spine ends and corners. DJ quite worn, taped together at spine, several tears and chips. Text is on wartime paper, but still shows very little yellowing.

"In this fascinating autobiographical volume, George Santayana, famous philosopher, and author of The Last Puritan, brings together the threads of his background to give a charming yet profound picture of the various people and places that have formed his character and made him the man he has become. This is a book of truly rare charm. Its luminous style, incisive humor, and mellow wisdom make it not only a most distinguished and delightful addition to Santayana's books, but also one of the most beautiful autobiographies ever written."; 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall
005982 
Price: 7.50 USD

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General H. Norman Schwarzkopf - The Autobiography:  It Doesn't Take a Hero, Schwarzkopf, H.Norman (written with Peter Petre)
59 Schwarzkopf, H.Norman (written with Peter Petre) General H. Norman Schwarzkopf - The Autobiography: It Doesn't Take a Hero
New York Bantam Books 1993 0553563386 / 9780553563382 First Bantam Paperback Edition Mass Market Paperback Very Good- 


625 pp, 32 pp black and white photographs, index. Spine creased and curved, minor edgewear, corners bumped. Text is clean and unmarked.

" He set his star by a simple motto: Duty, Honor, Country. Only rarely does history grant a single individual the ability, personal charisma, moral force, and intelligence to command the respect, admiration, and affection of an entire nation. But such a man is General H. Norman Schwarzkopf, commander of the Allied Forces in the Gulf War. Now, in this refreshingly candid and typically outspoken autobiography, General Schwarzkopf reviews his remarkable life and career: the events, the adventures, and the emotions that molded the character and shaped the beliefs of this uniquely distinguished American leader."; 6" - 7" Tall
005624 
Price: 3.00 USD

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Richer By India, Scovel, Myra
60 Scovel, Myra Richer By India
New York Harper & Row 1964 First Edition Hardcover Very Good+ in Very Good dust jacket 
Illustrated by Papin, Joseph

151 pp, numerous b/w drawings. Corners bumped, slight spine slant. Jacket shows a little edge wear, some rubbing, some sunning to spine, small area of dampstaing at top of front jacket. An attractive copy.

"Richer By India brings missionary work to life with direct personal impact. Here are the faces, the daily frustrations and rewards, the down-to-earth human realities of an American family's experiences in a far off land, told with beautiful simplicity and with a rare poetic awareness. Some of the situations Myra Scovel describes are frightening, some are hilarious, all are of absorbing interest, because, right from the start, the author establishes contact with the reader. This book is a sequel to The Chinese Ginger Jars, a continuing best seller which tells of the Scovel family's experiences in China."; 7" - 9" Tall
005182 
Price: 7.45 USD

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