Handsome first printing of this Cold War-inflected political thriller of a near-future Chinese-Soviet-American military conflict.
Near fine in near fine jacket.
THE THIRTY-EIGHTH FLOOR
"Most men had a weakness–ambition or vanity, or some dark, hiddden quirk–and you could reach them by exploiting it."
Ambitious and tense novel, written and set in the 1960s, with a Black American hero negotiating international political plots alongside the civil rights struggle in his own country. By the author most notorious for fabricating an "autobiography" of Howard Hughes, for which he was denounced by the reclusive billionaire and sent (briefly) to prison; Irving later wrote about the hoax (in "The Hoax") and was featured in Orson Welles' "F for Fake."
New York: McGraw-Hill Book Company, (1965). 8.25'' x 6''. Original black boards. In original unclipped ($5.95) dust jacket. Green endpapers. , 318 pages. Minor shelfwear.
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