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New York, N.Y. American Association for the United Nations, 1950. Presumed first issueance thus. Bookmark. Format is 5.75 inches by 2 inches. Slight darkening to bookmark. Some wear noted. The front of the bookmark has a prominant illustration of the UN building and text that includes "Let US Salute the United Nations", the date of United Nations week [Oct. 16-24] and United Nations Day [October 24], with statement the "Today's best hope for peace UN plus you" The 'you' is emblazoned on a circle partially overlayed on the image of the United Nations building. There is the statement "Souvenir Bookmark of United Nations Week, United Nations Day, 1950" at the bottom. A statement from President Harry S. Truman appears on the back of the bookmark; it reads: The Strength of the United Nations depends upon the support it receives from the people throughout the world. Also included is an invitation to learn more from the American Association for the United Nations. Bears the logo of the Allied Printing Trades Council New York Union Label and the number 181 at the lower left corner. In 1947, the United Nations General Assembly declared 24 October, the anniversary of the Charter of the United Nations, as which "shall be devoted to making known to the people of the world the aims and achievements of the United Nations and to gaining their support for" its work.
American Friends Service Committee, 1951. Presumed First Edition, First printing. Wraps. 64 pages. Cover has some wear and soiling. Includes Preface, Introduction, and Conclusion. Chapters cover What Are the Ultimate Objectives of the American People in International Affairs? Is Our Present Foreign Policy Leading Us to These Objectives?; Why Has Our Policy Failed? An Alternative Program, New Initiative for Peaceful Settlements, The Essential Role of the United Nations; Disarmament and the International Control of Arms; and Development of Large-Scale Programs of Mutual Aid. The authors of the report felt compelled to speak out of a deep sense of moral concern: Even if we had no knowledge of other nations, and no experience in struggling against evil, we should still feel compelled to speak out. For with increasing disturbance of soul we have watched the hardening of public opinion, and the easy acceptance of the doctrine of force. In the clamor and clash of a hating world, people are forgetting moral values, which are as relevant today as they were in Jesus' time. But even on pragmatic grounds, we reject the concept that peace can emerge from an arms race, or that problems can be solved by dropping A-bombs. Is there no answer to coercive communism other than coercive militarism? God forbid.
New York, N.Y. Simon & Schuster, March, 2008. First Hardcover Edition [Stated]. First printing [stated]. Hardcover. 566,  pages. Notes. References. Index. Inscribed by the author on the title page. Inscription reads: To Eric Alterman, with admiration - Nicholson Baker! Eric Alterman (born January 14, 1960) is an American historian, journalist, author, media critic, and educator. He has been CUNY Distinguished Professor of English and Journalism at Brooklyn College, the media columnist for The Nation, and a senior fellow at the Center for American Progress. He has also authored ten books. Nicholson Baker (born January 7, 1957) is an American novelist, historian and essayist. His work generally de-emphasizes narrative in favor of careful description and characterization. His early novels such as The Mezzanine and Room Temperature were distinguished by their minute inspection of his characters' and narrators' stream of consciousness. Out of a total of ten fiction books, he also wrote three erotic novels: Vox, The Fermata and House of Holes. Amongst others, Baker has published articles in Harper's Magazine, the London Review of Books and The New Yorker. Baker also writes non-fiction. A book about his relationship with John Updike, U and I: A True Story was published in 1991. He created the American Newspaper Repository in 1999. He then wrote about the American library system in his 2001 nonfiction book Double Fold: Libraries and the Assault on Paper for which he received a National Book Critics Circle Award and the Calw Hermann Hesse Prize for the German translation. A pacifist, he wrote Human Smoke about the buildup to World War II. Baker has also written about and edited Wikipedia.