[Item #6194] Bombs Away: The Story of a Bomber Team. John Steinbeck.
Bombs Away: The Story of a Bomber Team
Bombs Away: The Story of a Bomber Team
Bombs Away: The Story of a Bomber Team
Bombs Away: The Story of a Bomber Team

Bombs Away: The Story of a Bomber Team

New York, NY, USA: Viking Press, 1942. First Edition. Hardcover. “To write this book, John Steinbeck toured the country for weeks, visiting training corps and flying fields all over the country. The U.S. Army Air Forces acted as his host, working out his itinerary with him and detailing the necessary personnel to explain the work and help gather the material. With him went John Swope, himself a flier, who took the 60 photographs that illustrate the book.” (from front flap) Iconic American writer and Nobel Prize winner John Steinbeck (1902-1968) was commissioned by Air Force General Henry Arnold (1886-1950) to write a laudatory tale of bravery as part of an effort to increase recruitment and morale. Steinbeck published 7 novels up to this point, including Of Mice and Men (1937) and The Grapes of Wrath (1939), making him the sought-after up-and-coming popular author. Steinbeck joined flier and photographer John Swope (1908-1979) to travel and research the project, traveling 20,000 miles in 30 days. The final product delves into the personal stories of six men, including a pilot, a navigator, a bombardier, a crew chief, a gunner, and a radio man, relating their upbringing and their path to the armed forces as well as their training and role on the bomber team. All royalties and profits from the publication were donated “to the Air Forces Aid Society Trust Fund…to provide emergency aid for the families of fliers lost in the line of duty,” according to the front flap. It also says “Proceeds from the motion picture, already sold for $250,000, also go to the Trust Fund,” though no movie was ever produced. People could also send a copy of the book to a member of the armed forces for $0.06 postage. From the collection of Stanley Hurwick Levy (1926-2020) — legendarily precocious Princetonian (where he walked and talked and studied with the likes of Albert Einstein, among others) — before embarking upon a prodigious, near mythic seventy-year career as a practicing physician, during which he collected prolifically. Hardcover in unclipped first-issue dust jacket (with “$2.50” price on front flap): First Edition, First Printing, “First published by the Viking Press in November 1942,” as indicated on copyright page. Book is in Near Fine condition with minor-to-moderate bumping to the fine edges and corners of front, back cover & spine; minor-to-moderate rubbing, to the edges of the spine causing minor color fading of the blue boards; pages show minor aging though pristine otherwise. Dust jacket is in relatively Good condition with minor-to-moderate chipping to the top and bottom edges of spine and one small bit towards the center near the bottom; a closed tear from the top of front cover/spine edge about 2 inches, slanting toward the front cover; minor bumping to the fine edges and corners of front, back covers; minor scratching and spotting to front, back covers and the generally expected aging/browning around the edges. Near Fine / Good. [Item #6194]

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