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I Saw Hitler!

THOMPSON, Dorothy

Published by Farrar & Rinehart, 1932
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8vo. 42 black-and-white photographs, that with their captions form an early visual biography of Hitler. Original orange cloth; ORIGINAL PICTORIAL DUST JACKET. FIRST EDITION IN THE EXCEEDINGLY SCARCE DUST JACKET, BY "THE FIRST LADY OF AMERICAN JOURNALISM." Thompson was recognized by Time magazine in 1939 as the second most influential woman in America, after Eleanor Roosevelt. This book is the product of her interview with Adolf Hitler in Munich on 1931 - a severe underestimation of the potential of this "little man," an epithet that compelled the National Socialists to expel her from Germany in August 1934. She was the first journalist to be so treated. Thompson had been angling for an interview with Hitler since 1923, but he had little interest in foreign reporters. By late 1931, though, as his role as Germany's next leader seemed all but ensured, he agreed to meet with Thompson. Thompson's article-"I Saw Hitler!"- appeared in the March 1932 issue ofCosmopolitan, and was quickly reprinted in the present book form. Its underestimation of Hitler did much to divert focus on the reality of his terrifying potential with the American public. Her expulsion from Germany and thrice-weekly column in Ladies Home Journal rocketed her to superstardom, but "I Saw Hitler" testified to another mass delusion: that the "little man" would never be the leader he himself predicted. The dust jacket is scarcely seen in any condition. The present example preserves all of the provocative, and defamatory, text. Its damage (and subsequent repair) is relegated to the blank pictorial areas at top. The jacket text pointedly attacks the legitimacy of Hitler, and paints him as a pathetic character: "When I walked into Adolph Hitler's room, I was convinced that I was meeting the future dictator of Germany. In something less than fifty seconds I was quite sure that I was not. It took just about that time to measure the startling insignificance of this man who has set the world agog?" "Yet, see upon the platform, ungainly, insignificant, with his awkward figure and ridiculous little moustache- "-Ungainly and awkward, that is to say, until he launched upon his theme. Then the little corporal forgets himself. Literally, the spirit seems to enter him. His eyes ablaze, his hands clench; he is mocking, declamatory, pathetic, exhortatory. Never mind that what he says, read next day in cold print, reads like nonsense. "'A speaker's aim,' he says himself, 'should not be to convince philosophers and scientists, but to sway masses.'". Jacket with amateur tape repairs along spine and top, with some loss of image. Bookseller Inventory #

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Title: I Saw Hitler!
Publisher: Farrar & Rinehart
Publication Date: 1932
Edition: First edition.

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Book Description New York: Farrar & Rinehart, 1932, 1932. First Edition. Small spot on the front pastedown; very good in a splitting dust jacket; inscribed by the author as Dorothy Thompson Lewis. All books described as first editions are first printings unless otherwise noted. Seller Inventory # 35946

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Book Description Farrar & Rinehart Inc, New York, 1932. Hardcover. Condition: Good. 1st Edition. I'm rating this book Good Plus. It is very solidly bound but does suffer several imperfections. For example, on the covers there is fraying at the top of the spine with a spot of loss (see 2nd photo) and there is rub-through at 3 of the 4 corners. Also, the spine's orange color is somewhat faded. Inside the book there is a tiny spot of wear at the middle edge of several of the early pages. And there are six pages with a thin tear coming up from the bottom edge, the tears ranging from 1/4 of an inch to 2 1/2 inches. One barely touches the bottom of a photograph, none of the rest reaches any of the text or photographs. Now, for what's not wrong with the book: you can see from the first and third photos that the covers, despite their age, are relatively clean and bright, as is the black lettering on the front. And, happily, the pages of the book are very clean. I saw only one or two small spots. There are no markings and no writing/underlining. The photographs appear to be in perfect shape. This rare book is a First Edition with the Farrar & Rinehart colophon on the copyright page. There are 36 numbered pages of text followed by 1 unnumbered page of text and then 80 unnumbered pages with text on the left page and a large b&w photographs on the right page. In 1939 the author, Dorothy Thompson, was recognized by Time magazine as the second most influential woman in the United States, next to Eleanor Roosevelt. She is notable as the first American journalist to be expelled from Nazi Germany in 1934 and as one of the few women news commentators on radio during the 1930s. She is regarded fondly by some as the "First Lady of American Journalism." Thompson's most significant work abroad took place in Germany in the early 1930s. While working in Munich, Thompson met and interviewed Adolf Hitler for the first time in 1931. This would be the basis for her subsequent book, I Saw Hitler. She wrote about the dangers of Hitler winning power in Germany. Thompson described Hitler in the following terms: "He is formless, almost faceless, a man whose countenance is a caricature, a man whose framework seems cartilaginous, without bones. He is inconsequential and voluble, ill poised and insecure. He is the very prototype of the little man." Later, when the full force of Nazism had crashed over Europe, Thompson was asked to defend her "Little Man" remarks; it seemed she had underestimated Hitler. The National Socialists considered both the book and her articles offensive and in August 1934, Thompson was expelled from Germany. She was the first journalist to be kicked out. Thompson's second husband was Sinclair Lewis. Seller Inventory # 000308

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Book Description Farrar & Rinehart, Inc, On Murray Hill, New York, 1932. Hardcover. Condition: Fair-Good. No Jacket. 1st Edition. 8 vo, pages numbered to 36; followed by 42 full page b/w photos, from International News Photos, Inc., unless otherwise noted. Bound in Orange cloth. Farrar and Rinehart insignia above copyright statement on copyright page, identifying it as a First. (according to Bill McBride: PG to the Identification of First Editions. 7 th Revised). covers are affected by dampness and dark soil, top edge blackened by same. Still, binding is square and tight. Worn at spine ends and corners. Front hinge starting. Names of two previous owners, neat. Fully legible. pages slightly wavy from dampness along bottom edge, otherwise undamaged and clean. pages darkened by age. No underling or marks; interior clean. Page 6 has a 1 inch straight tear, self healing, on the bottom edge. I can send pictures if you request them. Seller Inventory # 1423503

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Book Description Farrar & Rinehart, 1932. Hardcover. Condition: Very Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Good. Book has extremely light rubbing to corners, pencil note on front end paper, minor toning to pages and a slight storage odor, otherwise a very fine copy; clean, tight and unmarked. Dust jacket has a slightly sun faded spine, chipping at corners with a 1/2" chip at the top of the spine, scuffing along edges, and a 2"x2" chunk torn from top of rear flap, now covered in mylar. Seller Inventory # 928598

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Book Description Farrar & Rinehart, New York, 1932. Hardcover. Condition: Near Fine. First Edition. Near Fine with slightest edge wear and slight, even fading to the spine, clean tight & square copy. Bookplate cleanly affixed on front free endpaper. ; Black & White Photographs; 8vo 8" - 9" tall. Seller Inventory # 500412

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Book Description Farrar & Rinehart, NY, 1932. Hard Cover. Condition: Very Good-. First Edition. Seller Inventory # 00035512

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