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Cradle of Valor: The Intimate Letters of a Plebe at West Point Between the Two World Wars (Inscribed)

Smith, Dale O.

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ISBN 10: 0912697806 / ISBN 13: 9780912697802
Published by Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, North Carolina, U.S.A., 1988
Condition: Fine Hardcover
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A nice copy of the first edition, first printing inscribed by Maj. Gen. Smith to a Col. Palazzo. A typed letter signed to Palazzo from Smith thanking him for material he used on another book. Appears unread or barely so. Text is solid, clean, and tight. Lettering to spine is bright and unflaked. No marks or highlights in text. In a Fine bright and glossy dust jacket w/tiny closed tear to front panel top edge o/w Fine. No spine fading. No previous owner's names. No remainder mark or spray. Not Price Clipped ($16.95). Not ex-lib. Not a Book Club Edition. Photos sent upon request. Accurate Descriptions/Quality Books/Unmatched Prices. Bookseller Inventory # 6098

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Title: Cradle of Valor: The Intimate Letters of a ...

Publisher: Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, North Carolina, U.S.A.

Publication Date: 1988

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Fine

Signed: Inscribed by Author(s)

Edition: First Edition (Inscribed)

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The author, a retired Air Force officer, recounts his experiences attending West Point between 1930 and 1934

From Publishers Weekly:

Smith, a young man from Nevada, entered West Point in 1930 and found the experience so stimulating that he sent his parents detailed reports throughout his plebe year. This was the Depression era and although its effect was minimal at West Point, the Smith family in Reno was hit hard when the cadet's father lost his job. The parents' letters to their son, included in the collection, are moving in their self-effacing expression of pride and encouragement. The author provides a retrospective commentary on both sets of letters, and in the final chapter describes what happened in later years to each member of his close-knit family. The book is a vivid contemporary account of what it was like to be a first-year cadet at the "old" West Point, but it is also a tribute to the author's father. In the introduction Eisenhower explains why West Pointers have always considered themselves a breed apart. Smith retired from the Air Force as a major general. Photos.
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