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5 1/2 x 3 7/8". Armed Services Edition. Paperback. 1st and only edition in this form; sent ovrseas to servicemen and women. Published by the Council on Books in Wartime, Inc.

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[3449] Haynes, Williams. This Chemical Age. Armed Services Edition Inc ASE, First Thus. Paperback. Very Good # G-203. Nicer than average with no major creases. Presentable condition for this publisher (usually found with heavy creasing and wear). This was issued during WW II to soldiers overseas. $12.95


t"Made" Book; selected especially for an Armed Services Edition.

Abridged. t"Made" Book; selected especially for an Armed Services Edition.

[3312] Van Druten, John. The Voice of the Turtle. Armed Services Edition Inc ASE, 1945. First Thus. Soft Cover. vg/vg+ #815. This is better than average condition for this publisher. Nice and clean. No major creases on front cover. Light wear. This was issued during WW 2 to soldiers overseas. $12.50


First published in 1943, more than 123 million "Armed ServicesEditions" (ASEs) were handed out to U.S. troops overseas during WorldWar II. This giveaway represented the largest free distribution offiction and non-fiction books in the history of the world. More than1,300 titles were published, including mysteries, biographies, crimestories, adventure novels, and classic works of literature by authorssuch as Ernest Hemingway, John Steinbeck, and Herman Melville.The Council was formed in 1942 by a group of publishers, booksellers, authors, and librarians who wanted to do their part in the "war effort" by mobilizing all sections of the book industry. The idea was to emphasize the importance in a wartime society of books as disseminators of information and ideas, and as morale builders. Its slogan was "Books Are Weapons in the War of Ideas," a phrase suggested by W. W. Norton. Although the Council began as "a committee in search of a project," it soon found its path. Its objective was simple: to mass-produce and mass-supply paper-bound books at a low cost to the Army and Navy. The types of titles were as varied as the personalities who read them. There were Hemingway short stories. There was poetry from Edgar Allan Poe and Walt Whitman and A. E. Housman. There was an array of Westerns as well as mysteries. There was humor from James Thurber and Thorne Smith. There were current bestsellers, classics, and serious nonfiction. In short, there was an appeal nearly to everyone who wanted to read. And they were read and read and read, even by those not previously disposed to reading. Very often soldiers would read the books aloud to their comrades. For the bulk of soldiers overseas, Armed Services Editions (ASE) books were the only books that were widely and easily accessible.