INSCRIBED BY J. EDGAR HOOVER IN THE YEAR OF PUBLICATION, FIRST EDITION OF PERSONS IN HIDING, 1938
HOOVER, J. Edgar. Persons in Hiding. Boston: Little, Brown, 1938. Octavo, original black cloth.
First edition, inscribed by Hoover in the year of publication, “To Gale M. Hinckley, With cordial regards. J. Edgar Hoover, 3/24/38.”
When “the New Deal administration brought a new political style to Washington in 1933… Hoover threw the [FBI] into battle against celebrity criminals like George ‘Machine Gun’ Kelly, ‘Pretty Boy’ Floyd, ‘Baby Face’ Nelson and John Dillinger… These cases turned FBI agents into national heroes and Hoover into a national celebrity. Popular entertainment featured the FBI in radio adventure dramas, comic strips, pulp magazines and a wave of FBI movies” (ANB). Persons in Hiding capitalized on the public’s fascination, recounting in a fast-paced, near-novelistic style the exploits of the “G-men” against the era’s infamous “Public Enemies.” Without scarce dust jacket. With bookplate of recipient and bibliophile Hinckley.
Text fresh and clean, tiny abrasion to spine end of bright cloth. An about-fine copy, scarce inscribed.