The Armed Services Editions venture was surprisingly free from
censorship. There was a form of self-imposed censorship adhered to
through "guidelines of acceptability," but the guidelines themselves
were not controversial. No books were approved that contained
statements or attitudes offensive to our Allies, any religious or racial
group, or any trade or profession or that were not in accord "with
the spirit of American democracy." Also excluded were books which
"may give aid and comfort to the enemy, or which may be detri-
mental to our own war effort." Two books initially approved but
eventually dropped through exercise of the army's veto power were
George Santayana's Persons and Places (Santayana's views, a reviewer
noted, "although brilliant, are dubious as to democracy") and Zane
Grey's which a proofreader felt was "a bitter
attack on the Mormons." Nine other books by Zane Grey were
published, however, and the list of other authors included in the
series (among them Willa Cather, James M. Cain, F. Scott Fitz-
gerald, Ernest Hemingway, Jack London, Carl Sandburg, John
Steinbeck, Henry David Thoreau, Leo Tolstoy, and Mark Twain)
indicates that the army and the navy used their authority discreetly.
 Mulford, Clarence e. Bar 20 Days. Armed Services Edition Inc ASE, 1945. First Thus. Good # 834. Cover wear and rubs, reading creases, spine fading. This paperback was issued during WW II to soldiers overseas. $7.96
t"Made" Book; selected especially for an Armed Services Edition.
4 1/2 xs 6 1/2". 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.