New York: Liveright Inc., Publishers, 1932. 8.75" x 5.75". 333pp. Black cloth with gilt lettering. Mild edge wear, spine a bit faded, else VG+ condition. The first book by Chamberlain, a New York Times journalist and popular book reviewer who at the time championed left-leaning liberal causes. His political views evolved later to a conservative libertarianism under the influence of Ayn Rand and Isabel Paterson. A Yale alumnus, Chamberlain provided an introduction to William F. Buckley's first book, God and Man at Yale (1951), and was a regular contributor to Buckley's National Review. With the pencil ownership signature of William J. [Joseph] Donovan. "Wild Bill" Donovan was an American soldier, lawyer, intelligence officer and diplomat. He is best remembered as the wartime head of the Office of Strategic Services (OSS), the precursor to the Central Intelligence Agency, during World War II. He is also known as the "Father of American Intelligence" and the "Father of Central Intelligence". The CIA regards Donovan as its founding father, according to journalist Evan Thomas in a 2011 Vanity Fair profile. In the article Thomas observed that Donovan's "exploits are utterly improbable but by now well documented in declassified wartime records that portray a brave, noble, headlong, gleeful, sometimes outrageous pursuit of action and skulduggery."
A decorated veteran of World War I, Donovan is the only person to have received all four of the United States' highest awards: The Medal of Honor, the Distinguished Service Cross, the Distinguished Service Medal, and the National Security Medal. He was also a recipient of the Silver Star and Purple Heart, as well as decorations from a number of other nations for his service during both World Wars.
Donovan's autograph is fairly uncommon in commerce. With excellent provenence; purchased from a member of Donovan's family. Item #28747