New York: George Braziller. Very Good+ in Very Good+ dj. 1978. First Edition. Hardcover. 0-8076-0887-4 . [light shelfwear, faint foxing to page edges, rusty paper-clip marks at top of copyright page and facing dedication page; jacket shows a little surface wear, a couple of diagonal creases at top corner of front flap]. First book (of only two) by this author (1927-2005), who was best known as a longtime columnist for the Washington Post's "Style" section, where he won praise for his versatility and his wry, understated prose style. (One-time Post editor Benjamin Bradlee described him as "a poet in newspaperman's clothing.") This book tells the true story of Tom Easton, a third-generation British coal miner whose experiences during the Battle of the Somme in World War I form the core of the narrative. "A powerful portrait of an ordinary man: miner, soldier, prisoner of war, political activist, citizen," it's something of a minor classic, long out of print and quite scarce. . (Inventory #: 13729)
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