Volumes 1 & 2. This is an ex-library book and may have the usual library/used-book markings inside. This book has hardback covers. In fair condition, suitable as a study copy. Dust Jacket in fair condition., 1900grams, ISBN:
Very Good- This is a heavy two volume set of books and is not eligible for Priority, Air or International under standard fees. Regarding Both Volumes: A minor amount of the color is worn from the tips of the fore corners and the top/bottom of the spines, but nowhere is the cloth worn through to the boards. Fore corners are lightly bumped and/or bent inward. Else very minor wear on the clean and sound bindings. Fore edges are foxed, with moderate soil. Contents are clean and unworn. No DJs....Volume I has a gift notation on the ffep.; First Printing of the First Edition.9-1/2" Tall, XXI + 471 + VIII + 508 pp. Two volume Set. Red buckram cloth, bright gold spine lettering. Facsimilesignat ure of Col. House, in bright gold, on both front covers. Top edges are gilt. Each of the two volumes has a frontispiece photo and 9 pages of b/w illustrations (mostly photos). Volume I has a Prefatory Note by Colonel House and a list of "Letters from Wilson to House" arranged by date ( Oct. 1911-Feb. 1917) and giving the subject of the letter. Volume II has an index covering both volumes. BIOGRAPHY. Edward Mandell House (1858-1938) was known as "Colonel House" because he was a colonel on the staff of Governor Culberson of Texas. He was a friend and confidant of President Wilson, the personal representative of the president to European nations (1914-1916) and the commissioned special representative of the US at the interallied conference to effect co-ordination of military and naval action (1917). Colonel House gave his entire collection of political papers to Yale University. Although he carefully avoided any insistence upon his personal point of view regarding these volumes, he did give priceless aid in throwing light upon innumerable aspects of the political story which would otherwise have remained obscure.; 9-1/2" Tall; A.
To date I have read only vol. 1 of the four-volume set. The buyer will need care to ascertain which volumes are actually being purchased---they are not well-identified in the trade. Vol. 2 has an index for the first two volumes and vol. 4 has an index for vols. 3 and 4.
House had a high opinion of himself but giving him the benefit of the doubt for being truthful, he was one of the most prescient and capable political operators this country every produced. He was present during the perfect storm of catastrophes which set up the twentieth century for the bloodbath which it became. House's insights are invaluable for understanding the mistakes that were made, the effect of the Spanish flu (immensely misunderstood and underrated), and Wilson, a most controversial president to this day.
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