Garden City, NY: Doubleday, Doran & Company, Inc., 1935. First Edition. First Printing, one of 20,000 copies. Octavo (20.5cm); black cloth, with titles stamped in gilt on spine and decorative elements embossed onto front cover; dustjacket; [vi],458pp. Spine ends gently nudged, some trivial wear and sunning to crown, with mild offsetting from jacket flaps onto endpapers; Near Fine, with the gilt titling bright and unrubbed. Dustjacket is unclipped (priced $2.50), modest edgewear, some of the usual rubbing to silver panels, with the red and green decorative elements faded on spine panel, several nicks, tears, and attendant creases, and some very shallow loss to crown; Very Good+.
The Nobel Laureate's 15th novel, a harrowing dystopia set in an alternate United States, in which Franklin D. Roosevelt loses the 1936 presidential election to power-hungry Senator Berzelius "Buzz" Windrip. "Lewis's dystopian novel presents a detailed scenario through which right-wing extremists gain control (in 1936) of the government of the United States, justifying their totalitarian techniques largely through an appeal to the necessity of defending America against the Stalinist menace. However, in the course of the book, Lewis shows these anti-Stalinist zealots employing brutal methods that are virtually indistinguishable from those used by Stalin himself. Lewis's dystopian regime also resembles Stalin's in its important use of religious energies to solidify its power, though Lewis's treatment of religion has a distinctively American flavor" (Booker, M. Keith. Dystopian Literature: A Theory and Research Guide, pp. 189-190). PASTORE 24; SARGENT, p.103; BLEILER, p.124.