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New York: G. P. Putnam's Sons, 1981. Presumed First Edition, First printing. Hardcover. 283,  pages. Frontis map. Map. DJ has some wear, tears, and soiling. Task Force Baum was a secret and controversial World War II task force set up by U.S. Army general George S. Patton and commanded by Capt. Abraham Baum in late March 1945. Baum was given the task of penetrating 50 miles (80 km) behind German lines and liberating the POWs in camp OFLAG XIII-B, near Hammelburg. Controversy surrounds the true reasons behind the mission, which most likely was to liberate Patton's son-in-law, John K. Waters, taken captive in Tunisia in 1943. The result of the mission was a complete failure; of the roughly 300 men of the task force, 32 were killed in action during the raid and only 35 made it back to Allied-controlled territory, with the remainder being taken prisoner. Richard Baron was a prisoner at the camp. Abe Baum led the raid.
New York: Simon & Schuster, 1994. First Printing. Hardcover. 25 cm, 320 pages. Illustrations. Index. Slight wear to DJ edges. Biography of the composer and the tragic years his wife Ellin Mackay endured after being disowned by her Catholic father. Mary Ellin Barrett (née Berlin; born November 25, 1926) is an American writer and the oldest daughter of Ellin (née Mackay) and composer Irving Berlin. She grew up in New York City, where she attended the Brearley School. She then went to Barnard College, majoring in music. After graduation, she began to work for Time Magazine, where she met her future husband, Marvin Barrett. Mary Ellin was the book critic for Cosmopolitan Magazine, where she worked very closely with Helen Gurley Brown. Barrett is the author of three novels: Castle Ugly was published in 1966, followed by An Accident of Love in 1973 and American Beauty in 1981. Her most recent publication is a memoir entitled Irving Berlin: a Daughter's Memoir.
New York: Prentice-Hall, Inc., 1941. Reprint edition. Hardcover. 498 pages. Fold-out chart. Appendices. Index. Some foxing on fore-edge. There is a rough spot inside rear board and slight discoloration insides the boards. Bernard Mannes Baruch (August 19, 1870 – June 20, 1965) was an American financier, stock investor, philanthropist, statesman, and political consultant. After his success in business, he devoted his time toward advising U.S. Presidents Woodrow Wilson and Franklin D. Roosevelt on economic matters. Baruch became a broker and then a partner in A.A. Housman & Company. With his earnings and commissions, he bought a seat on the New York Stock Exchange for $19,000 ($552,960 in 2016 dollars). There he amassed a fortune before the age of 30 by profiting from speculation in the sugar market; at that time plantations were booming in Hawaii. By 1903 Baruch had his own brokerage firm and gained the reputation of "The Lone Wolf of Wall Street" because of his refusal to join any financial house. By 1910, he had become one of Wall Street's best-known financiers. In 1916, Baruch left Wall Street to advise President Woodrow Wilson on national defense and terms of peace. He served on the Advisory Commission to the Council of National Defense and, in 1918, became the chairman of the new War Industries Board. With his leadership, this body successfully managed the US's economic mobilization during World War I. In 1919, Wilson asked Baruch to serve as a staff member at the Paris Peace Conference.