First printing, a coming-of-age story set within an interstellar war, in which Heinlein tries to answer the moral question, "why do men fight?" (letter to Theodore Sturgeon).
Fine in near-fine jacket.
"[T]he first title in which RAH expressed his opinions with unfettered vigour." – Clute & Nicholls
STARSHIP TROOPERS was originally conceived under the name STARSHIP SOLDIER as a juvenile novel, following his decade-long string of successes in the genre. But his editor of the popular young space adventure books at Scribner, Alice Dalgliesh, rejected it: "This was not adventure, she said, it was social commentary" (Patterson). That failure led to Heinlein's fateful break with the juvenile market and his new trajectory with Putnam, who took on the manuscript for marketing to adults. The novel went on to win the 1960 Hugo award. With that success and the backing of his new publisher, Heinlein no longer had to rein in his inclination to use novels to explore social and philosophical experiments, making STARSHIP TROOPERS a major turning point in his career.
Read more: Clute & Nicholls, Encyclopedia of Science Fiction, 555; Currey, Science Fiction and Fantasy Authors: A Bibliography, 193; Patterson, Robert A. Heinlein: In Dialogue with His Century: 1948-1988 The Man Who Learned Better.
New York: G.P. Putnam's Sons, (1959). 8'' x 5''. Original blue cloth lettered in silver with silver-stamped stars. In original unclipped ($3.95) blue and orange pictorial dust jacket designed by Jerry Robinson. Dedication page with "anywhen." 309,  pages. Housed in custom quarter blue goatskin clamshell box. Touch of rubbing to jacket spine foot, couple spots of soil to rear panel.
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