INSCRIBED BY HERBERT HOOVER
HOOVER, Herbert. The Challenge to Liberty. New York and London: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1934. Octavo, original red cloth, original dust jacket. $1850.
First edition of Hoover's argument against the New Deal, inscribed: "The Good Wishes of Herbert Hoover," in scarce original dust jacket.
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 and in red cloth (this copy), no priority established. Pencil underlining and marginal markings. Tiny original price stamp and inventory number to rear flap of dust jacket.
Book about-fine, scarce dust jacket extremely good with a bit of wear to extremities, mild toning, and faintest soiling.