"TO… ONE OF THE HELPFUL CRITICS": FIRST EDITION OF CHALLENGE TO LIBERTY, INSCRIBED BY HERBERT HOOVER TO A CLOSE FRIEND
HOOVER, Herbert. The Challenge to Liberty. New York and London: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1934. Octavo, original blue cloth.
First edition, inscribed by President Hoover to his friend: “To Margaret Sullivan, One of the helpful critics, With the Kind Regards of Herbert Hoover.”
Following Franklin Roosevelt’s victory in the presidential election of 1932, Herbert Hoover retired to write this challenge to the New Deal, in which he “maintained that the New Dealers had abandoned ‘the heritage of liberty’ in leading the country on a futile quest for ‘security.’ Condemning the growth of regimentation, bureaucracy and centralization… Hoover raised an important issue when he claimed that big government would attempt to protect itself from criticism by blocking the free flow of information and therefore represented an insidious threat to freedom of speech and the press” (Polenberg, 114-5). First issue with Scribner’s “A” on copyright page; published in blue cloth (this copy) and in red cloth, no priority established. Without scarce original dust jacket. This copy is inscribed to Margaret Sullivan, one of Hoover's close friends and the wife of noted political and economic commentator Lawrence Sullivan. A few pencil notations.
Slight toning to interior, original cloth quite nice with only mild toning to spine. A handsome inscribed copy in near-fine condition.