New York: Harper & Row, Publishers, 1977. 1st Edition. Octavo, publisher's pictorially stamped yellow cloth, red endpapers, original illustrated dust jacket.
Stated first edition of popular history writer Jules Archer’s collection of profiles of totalitarian regimes for young readers. Praised for his impartial approach to political subjects along with his passion for inspiring an interest in history in his readers, Archer here gives a general survey of 20th-century police states (Hitler's Germany, Soviet Russia, modern China), with chapters on the specific characteristics of, and differences between, leftist and right-wing regimes. Writing in the wake of the Vietnam conflict and the civil and student unrest of the 1970s, Archer evaluates many instances in which the personal freedom of US citizens has been under threat. With bibliography, index and recommended reading list. Bubbling to cloth on upper panel; price-clipped dust jacket with some edgewear. Very good. Item #3661