Last two non-fiction (-ish) books from my library sale haul. They make a nice pair, I think.
Title: Jefferson: A Great American's Life and Ideas (Mentor 70 — 2nd ptg, Dec. 1952)
Author: Saul K. Padover
Cover artist: Jonas
Yours for: $5
- Love the way "Abridged" is used as a major selling point — "Finally, our most important Founding Father, in a dose you can manage!"
- Floating Head of Thomas Jefferson backed by the Floating Declaration of Independence. My Most Powerful, Floatingest cover ever.
- "This planting season, why not outfit your team with Dr. E. J. Samuelson's newly patented Invisible Oxen Rigging! Amaze your friends as your oxen appear to pull your plow by sheer force of mind alone ..."
- "Living Words ... written on dead sheep."
For Aaron Burr was not famous for virtue or steadfastness of character, and the idea of such a man's occupying the presidential chair was disturbing to responsible men.
Title: Masters of Deceit (Pocket Books 75099 — 22nd ptg!?!?!, 1966)
Author: J. Edgar Hoover
Cover artist: Ben Feder (designer)
Yours for: $10
- "The Communists Will Spray Our Most Precious Documents with Ketchup, Make No Mistake!"
- "Hello, Frederick's of Hollywood? This is, uh, Edwina Hooverston ..."
- Blurbed his own book. Clever.
Five minutes later, a fourth person, a woman in a dark coat, arrives. Everything is quiet: no loud voices, no cars parked in front, no reason for the neighbors to suspect that a Communist Party meeting is in progress.
This book is really a fantastic window into Cold War paranoia. I might actually read it.
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