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THE RISE AND FALL OF GREAT POWERS - Rare Pristine Copy of The First Hardcover Edition/First Printing: Signed, Placed, And Dated (Three Days After Publication) by Tom Rachman

Rachman, Tom

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ISBN 10: 0679643656 / ISBN 13: 9780679643654
Published by New York City, NY: The Dial Press, 2014
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1st Printing. Signed. 385 pages. Published in 2014. The author's second novel. One of the most important literary events of our time. The First Hardcover Edition. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions. Published in a small and limited first print run as a hardcover original only. The First Edition is now scarce. Presents Tom Rachman's "The Rise And Fall of Great Powers". It ironically and appropriately alludes to Paul Kennedy's great history book, "The Rise And Fall of The Great Powers" (1989). Note that the only word Rachman drops is the dispensable "the". "A brilliant, intricately woven novel about a young woman who travels the world to make sense of her puzzling past. Tooly Zylberberg, the American owner of an isolated bookshop in the Welsh countryside, conducts a life full of reading, but with few human beings. Books are safer than people, who might ask awkward questions about her life. She prefers never to mention the strange events of her youth, which mystify and worry her still. A stunning novel that reveals the tale not just of one woman but of the past quarter-century as well, from the end of the Cold War to the dominance of American Empire to the digital revolution today. A breathtaking novel about long-buried secrets and how we must choose to make our own place in the world" (Publisher's blurb). An absolute "must-have" title for Tom Rachman collectors. This copy is very prominently and beautifully signed, placed, and dated (three days after publication) in metallic-silver pen-marker on the title page by the author: "NYC June 18, 2014 Tom Rachman". It is signed directly on the page itself, not on a tipped-in page. Laid-in is a pristine copy of the Souvenir Announcement of the event during which his signature was obtained. This title will become a classic. This is one of very few such signed and dated copies of the First Hardcover Edition/First Printing still available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. A scarce signed copy thus. One of the most brilliant novelists of our time. A fine copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER TOM RACHMAN TITLE IN OUR CATALOG) ISBN 0679643656. Bookseller Inventory # 18939

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Synopsis:

For fans of Jennifer Egan, Dave Eggers, and Donna Tartt?the brilliant, intricately woven new novel by Tom Rachman, author of The Imperfectionists

NAMED ONE OF KIRKUS REVIEWS? ?NEW BOOKS DESTINED TO BECOME CLASSICS?

Following one of the most critically acclaimed fiction debuts in years, New York Times bestselling author Tom Rachman returns with a brilliant, intricately woven novel about a young woman who travels the world to make sense of her puzzling past.
 
Tooly Zylberberg, the American owner of an isolated bookshop in the Welsh countryside, conducts a life full of reading, but with few human beings. Books are safer than people, who might ask awkward questions about her life. She prefers never to mention the strange events of her youth, which mystify and worry her still.
 
Taken from home as a girl, Tooly found herself spirited away by a group of seductive outsiders, implicated in capers from Asia to Europe to the United States. But who were her abductors? Why did they take her? What did they really want? There was Humphrey, the curmudgeonly Russian with a passion for reading; there was the charming but tempestuous Sarah, who sowed chaos in her wake; and there was Venn, the charismatic leader whose worldview transformed Tooly forever. Until, quite suddenly, he disappeared.
 
Years later, Tooly believes she will never understand the true story of her own life. Then startling news arrives from a long-lost boyfriend in New York, raising old mysteries and propelling her on a quest around the world in search of answers.
 
Tom Rachman?an author celebrated for humanity, humor, and wonderful characters?has produced a stunning novel that reveals the tale not just of one woman but of the past quarter-century as well, from the end of the Cold War to the dominance of American empire to the digital revolution of today. Leaping between decades, and from Bangkok to Brooklyn, this is a breathtaking novel about long-buried secrets and how we must choose to make our own place in the world. It will confirm Rachman?s reputation as one of the most exciting young writers we have.

Praise for The Rise & Fall of Great Powers

?Ingenious . . . Rachman needs only a few well-drawn characters to fill a large canvas and an impressive swath of history. . . . A set of Venn diagrams of how the book?s characters overlap would reveal many secrets about its story. . . . The richness of this book is more apparent once the reading is over. . . . For all its serious points, this book is never too busy for hilarity.? ?Janet Maslin, The New York Times
 
?I found it impossible not to fall in love with shape-shifting Tooly. As an adult, she sports an ironical sense of humor and an attraction to dusty old books. As a child, her straight-faced mirth and wordplay are break-your-heart irresistible. . . . Now beyond resentment or blame, she just wants a usable past and someone worthy of her tender heart. Rachman is certainly such a person, and in these pages, you may discover that you are, too.? ?Ron Charles, The Washington Post
 
?Marvelously written . . . highly recommended for its prose and for presenting us with the strangely endearing, surprisingly good-natured, unabashedly weird character named Matilda ?Tooly? Zylberberg.? ?St. Louis Post-Dispatch
 
?[An] engaging and inventive coming-of-age novel.? ?San Francisco Chronicle

?A bookshop-lover?s book, and a beautiful prose-lover?s book, and read-it-all-in-one-weekend book.?? The New Republic

Product Description: NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY
NPR ? The Seattle Times ? The Globe and Mail ? Kirkus Reviews ? Daily Mail ? The Vancouver Sun


For fans of Jennifer Egan, Dave Eggers, and Donna Tartt?the brilliant, intricately woven new novel by Tom Rachman, author of The Imperfectionists


Following one of the most critically acclaimed fiction debuts in years, New York Times bestselling author Tom Rachman returns with a brilliant, intricately woven novel about a young woman who travels the world to make sense of her puzzling past.
 
Tooly Zylberberg, the American owner of an isolated bookshop in the Welsh countryside, conducts a life full of reading, but with few human beings. Books are safer than people, who might ask awkward questions about her life. She prefers never to mention the strange events of her youth, which mystify and worry her still.
 
Taken from home as a girl, Tooly found herself spirited away by a group of seductive outsiders, implicated in capers from Asia to Europe to the United States. But who were her abductors? Why did they take her? What did they really want? There was Humphrey, the curmudgeonly Russian with a passion for reading; there was the charming but tempestuous Sarah, who sowed chaos in her wake; and there was Venn, the charismatic leader whose worldview transformed Tooly forever. Until, quite suddenly, he disappeared.
 
Years later, Tooly believes she will never understand the true story of her own life. Then startling news arrives from a long-lost boyfriend in New York, raising old mysteries and propelling her on a quest around the world in search of answers.
 
Tom Rachman?an author celebrated for humanity, humor, and wonderful characters?has produced a stunning novel that reveals the tale not just of one woman but of the past quarter-century as well, from the end of the Cold War to the dominance of American empire to the digital revolution of today. Leaping between decades, and from Bangkok to Brooklyn, this is a breathtaking novel about long-buried secrets and how we must choose to make our own place in the world. It will confirm Rachman?s reputation as one of the most exciting young writers we have.

Praise for The Rise & Fall of Great Powers

?Ingenious . . . Rachman needs only a few well-drawn characters to fill a large canvas and an impressive swath of history.? ?Janet Maslin, The New York Times
 
?A superb follow-up to 2010?s The Imperfectionists . . . ambitious and engaging.? ?The Seattle Times
 
?Engaging and inventive . . . full of wonderfully quirky, deeply flawed, but lovable characters . . . On the spectrum of interesting literary childhoods, Tooly Zylberberg?the protagonist of Tom Rachman?s second novel?would rank somewhere in the vicinity of Jane Eyre and Oliver Twist.? ?San Francisco Chronicle
 
?I found it impossible not to fall in love with shape-shifting Tooly. As an adult, she sports an ironical sense of humor and an attraction to dusty old books. As a child, her straight-faced mirth and wordplay are break-your-heart irresistible.? ?Ron Charles, The Washington Post
 
?[A] read-it-all-in-one-weekend book.? ?The New Republic
 
?A compelling page-turner . . . intricate, sprawling, and almost Dickensian.? ?USA Today
 
?Rachman?s comedic powers drive the story, with grace and wit.? ?Minneapolis Star Tribune

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Title: THE RISE AND FALL OF GREAT POWERS - Rare ...

Publisher: New York City, NY: The Dial Press, 2014

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: As New

Dust Jacket Condition: As New

Signed: Signed by Author

Edition: 1st Edition.

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