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POLICE STRIKE - 1919: A.V. Sellwood POLICE STRIKE - 1919: A.V. Sellwood POLICE STRIKE - 1919: A.V. Sellwood POLICE STRIKE - 1919: A.V. Sellwood


A.V. Sellwood

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ISBN 10: 0491021534 / ISBN 13: 9780491021531
Published by W. H. Allen, London, 1978
Used Condition: Near Fine Hardcover
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First impression of the true first edition. ***Jacket design by Ken Carroll. ***Illustrated with twelve pages of black and white photographs. ***Near fine in red cloth-covered boards with gilt titles to spine. Edges of boards slightly rubbed. Head and tail of spine slightly rubbed. Bottom corner of rear board slightly bumped. Spine tight. No inscriptions. Pages clean. ***In a near fine dustwrapper that has not been price-clipped, showing original publisher's price of £5.95 net. Edges of dustwrapper slightly creased and rubbed. Head and tail of spine of dustwrapper slightly creased and rubbed. Red titles to spine slightly faded. Dustwrapper slightly discoloured (being white background). No tears. ***224 mm x 144 mm. 214 pages including index to rear. ***'What would happen if the Police went on strike tomorrow? Looting? Murder? Rampart violence? Hysteria? Mob rule? This book corroborates these horrendous possibilities; recorded here are the true faces of Britain's first - and so far only - national Police strike. ***Through the eyes of a handful of PCs who outlasted the 1919 crisis, Sellwood here brings vividly to life those savage and agonising days in the wake of the First World War when, it is now revealed, the country was at one stage on the brink of civil war. Richard O' Keeffe, who was with the anti-riot 'flying column'; Leonard Petchley, with the 'loyalists' opposing pickets of once-close comrades; Tom O' Brien, a striker, who, despite years of devoted service, found his police career in ruins from the Government's harsh reprisals. These men tell us how, within hours of the strike's commencement, the law-abiding facade of Liverpool - the worst hit area - was torn apart when the underworld erupted into the streets. Shops and warehouses were looted, a distillery was gutted, and drunken mobs led by criminals and agitators went on a violent rampage. Racial and sectarian tensions built up, and the horrors of mob rule were realised - then the Army moved in to restore law and order, but could they? And by what means? ***In London, Liverpool, Birmingham and other places, hard-working and honest policemen were driven to break the traditions of a lifetime. Smarting under grievances concerning pay and conditions, resentful of the Government's indifference to their plight, and demanding the right to belong to a trade union, they went on strike. ***Our police force today voice similar grievances. In the far more explosively charged and violent social climate of the seventies, it is horrifying even to contemplate the consequences of a police strike such as in 1919.' (Quote from inside front of dustwrapper blurb). ***For all our books, postage is charged at cost, allowing for packaging: any shipping rates indicated on ABE are an average only: we will reduce the P & P charge where appropriate - please contact us for postal rates for heavier books and sets etc.***. Bookseller Inventory # 3014

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Title: POLICE STRIKE - 1919

Publisher: W. H. Allen, London

Publication Date: 1978

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Near Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine

Edition: First Edition

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