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18 Apr2008 Catalog
Morning Star Press
Publisher: Kathleen E. Shedaker, WHO'S WHO IN AMERICA biographee
Co-Publisher: Robert E. B. Speller, Jr., WHO'S WHO IN AMERICA biographee
Editor-in-Chief: Jon P. Speller, former Editor of EAST EUROPE Magazine and former Editor in Chief of Robert Speller & Sons, Publishers
Associate Editor: Mithat Gashi, M.I.A. (Columbia University), M.S. Ed. (Pace University)
Dr. Jerry Gefner, M.B.A. (St. Johns University), LL.B. (St. Johns School of Law)
Professor Roosevelt Gentry, Ph.D. (Rutgers University), M.S. (Rutgers University)
Metropolitan Simeon, Prelate of the Bulgarian Orthodox Church Archdiocese of Western and Central Europe.
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Realignment of World Power: The Russo-Chinese Schism Volume III
by Oton Ambroz
Introduction by Jon P. Speller (Editor)
Product Code: Ambroz3 (List Price: $40.00) ISBN: 0831501952
Scheduled publication date: October 10, 2008
Hardcover: xlix plus 238 pages; Original Publisher: Morning Star Press, 2008
Realignment of World Power: The Russo-Chinese Schism Volume III by Oton Ambroz, who was expert on China of Radio Free Europe for many years, is the third and final volume of this standard reference work Series on this most important global geo-political subject. With China going through major sea changes almost before our eyes, this important volume of basic research will surely have an important effect on the present "shifting of the weight of the feet" within China towards a traditional Confucian philosophy based governance rather than the essentially unChinese Communist system which is almost daily eroding on Mainland China. Volume III represents extremely extensive research conducted by Slovene scholar Oton Ambroz, detailing the role of Beijing's strategic deterrence to Soviet imperialism that helped lead to the collapse of the late Union of Soviet Socialist Republics and to the many varied sector and sub-sector changes in the five thousand year old Chinese nation. The documented insights in Volume III are essential for any serious scholar on China and the decay of the Marxist-Leninist-Maoist Communist ideology across the Tai Ping Yang (Pacific Ocean). The book is scheduled for publication on "Double Ten Day" - October 10, 2008 - the 97th anniversary of the Wuhan uprising that resulted in the collapse of the Qing (Manchu) Dynasty.The tactics daily witnessed in China today all had their precedents in the past, as is thoroughly documented in the three volume major Ambroz conducted research work, e.g. Beijing today propagandizes that the Chinese people's peaceful struggle for freedom could cause a new world war. In 1977, Ambroz cites on page 14 of his Volume III: "The Chinese Academy of Social Sciences declared that Soviet imperialism, under the disguise of socialism, is the most dangerous source of a new world war." (Honqui - Hung Ch;i - July 1977). Whether you are just following the news about America's fellow "giant on the earth," or are seriously interested in the ancient and cultured great Chinese nation, you cannot be without the three volume Series written by Oton Ambroz. Choice reviewed the Series as follows: "A very detailed study of the Russo-Chines schism...the nature and extent of the research are impressive. Because of the exhaustive research and detail, these volumes would be a useful addition to four-year college and research libraries." The American Political Science Review said in its review of this Series: "Those concerned with international affairs and America's role in world politics should read Dr. Ambroz's well-documented work on the Sino-Soviet dispute and the effect of this dispute on the global power structure." Oton Ambroz (1905-1994) was a noted Slovene scholar and journalist, educated at the University of Ljubljana, Slovenia, the University of Zagreb, Croatia, and at Columbia University. He worked as a journalist for many European newspapers, and in 1950 joined the Press Office of the Allied Information Service in Trieste, Italy. In 1959 he moved to the U.S., where he worked for Radio Free Europe.
Realignment of World Power: The Russo-Chinese Schism Volume I
by Oton Ambroz
Jon P. Speller (Editor)
Product Code: Ambroz1 (List Price: $40.00) ISBN: 0831501146
Hardcover: xxx plus 338 pages; Original Publisher: Robert Speller & Sons, Publishers, 1972
Realignment of World Power: The Russo-Chinese Schism Volume I by Oton Ambroz, expert on China of Radio Free Europe, is the first volume of this standard reference work Series on this most important global geo-political subject. This Series was one of the most effective psychological stimuli tools during the Cold War and contributed importantly to the processes in the former Soviet Union that resulted in the collapse of the Soviet Empire and to the ongoing processes in China leading to the replacement of the essentially unChinese Communist system by a governance more in accordance to the traditional Confucian philosophical values of the five thousand year old Chinese nation, America's old friend across the Tai Ping Yang (Pacific Ocean). The Editor-in-Chief of Morning Star Press, Jon P. Speller, worked very closely with Slovene scholar and author Oton Ambroz, who was an Assistant Editor of EAST EUROPE Magazine under him, on this seminal research work on the topic. Speller was then Editor of EAST EUROPE Magazine and of Robert Speller and Sons, Publishers, and was gratified, if overwhelmed, by Ambroz' remarks in his Acknowledgments: "It was a pleasure to deal with my editor-in-chief, Dr. Jon P. Speller, a man of rare knowledge and of instant and clear judgment." Daily study of Foreign Broadcast Information Service (FBIS) transcripts of monitored Chinese and Russian language radio broadcasts contributed importantly to this work and their citations in the Ambroz book have contemporary relevance, e.g. from page 280 of Volume I: "An education reform group headed by Ch'en Po-ta was set up to create a revolutionary school system." (Radio Shanghai in Mandarin, June 10, 1966). This citation is an excellent example among many precedents cited by Ambroz of the methods utilized in China by the Communist regime to try to navigate through internal problems, even on into the twenty first century. The Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science said the volumes of this Series "...provide the most comprehensive coverage...bolstered by numerous references and an extensive bibliography.": "These volumes of this seriesAny institution that provides access to scholars and students interested in China must have on its shelves the three volumes of this series written by Oton Ambroz. The Western Political Quarterly reviewed this Series as follows: "The author has based this study on a great variety of sources, both primary and secondary, including opinions of leading experts in the field. His study provides a good deal of information for the general reader about the status of affairs in a potentially explosive part of the world...this book provides very useful material material for students for of contemporary communism." Oton Ambroz (1905-1994) was a noted Slovene scholar and journalist.
Realignment of World Power: The Russo-Chinese Schism Volume II
by Oton Ambroz
Jon P. Speller (Editor)
Product Code: Ambroz2 (List Price: $40.00) ISBN: 0831591154
Hardcover: iv plus 406 pages; Original Publisher: Robert Speller & Sons Publishers, 1972Realignment of World Power: The Russo-Chinese Schism Volume II by Oton Ambroz, expert on China of Radio Free Europe, is the second volume of this standard reference work series on this most important global geo-political subject. The vast amount of detailed documentation in the volumes of this series, not only from Western, but especially from Russian and Chinese sources, makes this set an invaluable reference tool for any scholar and student on China and Russia and it is an indispensable reference work belonging on the shelves of any library accessed by them. An example of the current relevance of Volume II is found on page 68 as follows: "The Russians predicted that many 'of high- and middle-ranking commanders will be replaced or suppressed...This is the way Mao Tse-tung treats the army which helped him persecute his antagonists, implement his antipopular policy, and consolidate his dictatorial regime." (Radio Moscow in Mandarin, November 12, 13, 1971). This type of information is of contemporary importance in the aftermath of the "triple eight" 2008 Olympics in Beijing, China and the reluctant suppression by the Chinese PLA of not only China's Tibetan and Uyghur Turkic and Han Hui Muslims, but the also seething undercurrents within Inner Mongolia and most of China's basically Han populated provinces. Russian Review commented about Ambroz: "Obviously he has read widely and with great attention to detail. Ambroz concentrates no small amount of attention to the nationalities problems of the two countries and their relationship to the border dispute. His work contains many nuggets culled from the East European press on Sino-Soviet relations, items which are not generally available to the American reader." Every academic, government official, or businessman interested in China needs to broaden his outlook on China by reading the three Ambroz volumes.The Ukrainian Quarterly reviewed this series: "These volumes, interlaced with a plethora of rich footnotes, carefully unfolds for the reader the origins and immense significance of the Sino-Soviet Split." Orbis said the Ambroz "assesses the impact of the this rift on world affairs." American Behavioral Scientist reviewed the Series: "Provides the background for the world power realignment touched off by the Sino-Soviet rift." Oton Ambroz (1905-1994) was a noted Slovene scholar and journalist.
by Ellwood Scott Harrar, Ph.D., Sc.D.
Jon P. Speller (Editor)
Product Code: Hough6 (List Price: $40.00) ISBN: 0831500875
Hardcover: x plus 194 pages; Original Publisher: Robert Speller & Sons, Publishers, 1971
Hough's Encyclopaedia of American Woods Volume VI (text) was written by Ellwood.Scott Harrar, Ph.D., Sc.D., James B. Duke Professor of Wood Science, Duke University, and edited by Jon P. Speller. Volume VI covers twenty five species of trees, namely: 126. Pond pine; 127. Torrey pine; 128. White spruce; 129. Western juniper; 130. Red willow; 131. Bigtooth aspen; 132. Water birch; 133. Laurel oak; 134. Engelmann oak; 135. Chestnut oak; 136. Osage-orange; 137. Pawpaw; 138. Yellowwood; 139. Mesquite; 140. Common hoptree; 141. Gumbo-limbo; 142. American smoketree; 143. Dahoon; 144. Blueblossom; 145. Devils-walkingstick; 146. Ogeechee tupelo; 147. Willow bustic; 148. Button-mangrove; 149. Velvlelt ash; and 150. Blalck-calabash.The Hough's Encyclopaedia of American Woods Series was reviewed in the Scientific American, September, 1982 issue: "Romeyn Beck Hough devoted a lifetime to elaborating a synoptic American Woods with real samples species by species until his death in 1924, when he had over the years issued piecemeal a dozen volumes. They were prized in their time (every normal school in the state of New York was issued a copy of the volume by the authorities) but the scale and slowness of the work has meant that few complete sets are to be found..."In the 1950's the present publisher discovered enough stock of these remarkable wood sections to prepare 1,000 copies of the treatise. For such an ambitious work, however, the text was badly dated. Professor E. S. Harrar, late of Duke University, a wood scientist of distinction, prepared a new text to support the wonderful sample of 385 American tress, including a couple of dozen of the most important introduced and naturalized forms..This ample encyclopedia ...is a treasure of bookmaking, the legacy of a century of scholarly energy and devotion and a paradigm of technical documentation..."
INDIVIDUAL BOOK TITLES IN STOCK:
The Admiral and His Lady:
Columbus and Filipa of Portugal
by Maria de Freitas Treen
Jon P. Speller (Editor)
Product Code: Treen1 (List Price: $40.00) ISBN: 083150191X
Hardcover: xvi plus 133 pages; Original Publisher: Robert Speller & Sons, Publishers, 1989
The Admiral and His Lady: Columbus and Filipa of Portugal by Maria de Freitas Treen is a classic book focusing upon a biographical mystery about one of the foremost figures in world history, Christopher Columbus. Columbus' first wife, Filipa Moniz Perestrello, who became the mother of his only legitimate child, his oldest son Diego, was a Portuguese noblewoman with whom Columbus lived on the small Portuguese island of Porto Santo, and before this book was published very little information was available to scholars on the mystery Portuguese woman who shaped Christopher Columbus into the "Great Navigator of the Ocean Blue" who in 1492 changed the path of global history. The Star of San Juan, Puerto Rico, describes Maria de Freitas Treen's seminal biographical study of Filipa as follows, inter alia: "The life of Christopher Columbus abound in contradictions, even to the point of containing a mystery woman...No book could do more to illuminate the influence of the woman of mystery on Columbus' life, and indirectly on the discovery of America than this book...The so-called mystery woman was none other than his lawfully wedded wife, Filipa Moniz Perestrello. Their marriage was a happy one...Treen's research includes numerous on-site interviews in the Madeira Islands...it was in Portugal that Columbus became a seasoned ship's officer and an accomplished chartmaker and thanks to the magnificent nautical library left in Porto Santo by Filipa Moniz's deceased father, a man learned in astronomy, in the theories of the ancients about reaching the east by sailing west. Columbus passed entire nights in the library, absorbing natuical lore and the astronomical science that would fire his dream of discovery...Without his marriage to Filipa Moniz, there would have been no access to that library. Her life brought him and destiny together, her death from tuberculosis after six years of marriage freed him to fulfill his destiny." Mrs. Treen (1920-1996) was a prominent and distinguished Portuguese American with old ancestral roots in the Madeira Islands. She worked as an interpreter and translator for the U.S. State Department from 1941-1944 in the Office of the Coordinator of Inter-American Affairs, later Vice President of the U.S. Nelson A. Rockefeller. She later worked for the private Rockefeller family offices from 1947 to 1960. In 1960, she returned to the State Department and was assigned to the U.S. Permanent Mission to the United Nations during the Ambassadorship of Governor Adlai E. Stevenson. At her UN post she worked closely with such important diplomats as Ambassador Charles Yost and Clayton Fritchey, a famous columnist. She also worked for many years for Dr. Carleton Sprague Smith, famous historian, musicologist, diplomat and eminent librarian. The Admiral and His Lady: Columbus and Filipa of Portugal highlights the contribution of Portugal to the career of Columbus, and should be in every library 's collection of important books on the history of the Western Hemisphere and the historical continuities connecting the New World to the Old World. It also is very useful reading for anyone interested in the continuities of scientific knowledge before science became elevated into a purpose rather than a perfectly valid method; anyone interested in mysteries concerning great personalities and their preparation and motivation for their accomplishments; and to anyone fascinated by an unusual biographical subject who was "the better half" to a great explorer and world figure. As The Book Reader said: "Christopher Columbus as you've never seen him: as an Italian, a mapmaker, a merchant, but most of all as the husband of the little-known Portuguese noblewoman Filipa Moniz Perestrello."
The Life, Letters and Poetry of Michael Dray-Khmara
by Oksana Dray-Khmara Asher
Jon P. Speller (Editor)
Product Code: Asher1 (List Price: $40.00) ISBN: 0831501871
Hardcover: ix plus 164 pages; Original Publisher: Robert Speller & Sons, Publishers, 1983
Letters From The Gulag: The Life, Letters, and Poetry of Michael Dray-Khmara by Professor Oksana Dray-Khmara Asher is a very important book on her father, the foremost Ukrainian poet of the last century, Michael Dray-Khmara. (1889-1939). Slavic and East European Journal said that Letters From The Gulag "is a vivid accound onthe Ukrainian poet Myxajlo Draj-Kmara written by his daughter now living in he U.S.A. The poet published only one small volume of his works, but this single book assured his long-lasting reputation...The title of Asher's book is symbolic in a sense: it presents the typical life of a Ukrainian poet under the Soviet regime in the 1930's. M. Draj-Xmara was arrested and deported to a Far East concentration camp where he died of starvation; his works were removed from all libraries, his name was dropped from all histories and annals..." Noted scholar and National Security Adviser Zbigniew Brzezinski commented on Letters From The Gulag: "These letters convey more compellingly and in a more personal sense than any general history the magnitude of the suffering that the Soviet system has inflicted on millions of individual human beings. Poignant in detail, moving conveying the affection of a deprived and incarcerated father for his young daughter and wife, these letters make the r eader share the sorrow and longing of a lonely prisoner languishing in the Gulag. One cannot read these letters without a deepening sense of ourtrage and sadness. The book adds the vital human dimension to the history of the Soviet system-and thus enriches our understanding what that system has done to the people living it." No book records on a human basis the tragedy that the Ukrainian nation suffered before regaining its independence after the peaceful implosion of the late, unlamented Soviet Empire. And the book was an important Cold War psychological stimuli input, as its Editor, Jon P. Speller, who supported Ukrainian independence as Editor of EAST EUROPE Magazine when it was not so popular to do so, wrote at the time: "Here is published for the first time, these letters of Michael Dray-Khmara - the first ever smuggled successfully out of a Soviet camp- that reveal the inhuman conditions in the Siberian concentration camps for the 'enemies of the state.'" Oksana Dray-Khmara Asher was born in the Soviet occupied Ukraine. She emigrated to the United States in 195, where she earned her M.A. at Columbia University. She then earned her Degree of Doctor of Slavic Literature at the Sorbonne in Paris.She taught at Cornell University, Long Island University, and the Polytechnic Institute of New York. Her vibrant book on her great Ukrainian culture figure father, poet Michael Dray-Khmara, fully shows how "Soviet Justice" was, in fact, "Soviet Injustice," and as the New York Tribune said in its review of this book, this "account of oppression reveals both the resilience and deterioration of the human spirit." This book is must reading for any scholar on Communism, and any scholar interested in the Ukrainian nation and its history and culture. With independent Ukraine now on track for membership in NATO and the European Union as a full-fledged member of considerable importance in the European comity of nations, Letters From The Gulag - a milestone in Ukraine's successful struggle for freedom and independence - should be read by every friend of that great European nation.
On the Russian Front in World War I: Memoirs of an
American War Correspondent
by Stanley Washburn
Jon P. Speller (Editor)
Introduction by Stanley Washburn, Jr.
Product Code: Washburn1 (List Price: $40.00) ISBN: 0831501391
Hardcover: xvi plus 332 pages, illustrations; Original Publisher: Robert Speller & Sons, Publishers, 1981
On the Russian Front in World War I: Memoirs of An American War Correspondent by Stanley Washburn is the story of how one man, the correspondent of The Times of London from 1914 to 1917, developed an editorial influence which moulded the policy of nations. His cabled dispatches and stories appeared continuously in The Times under his by-line, an unprecedented recognition of his role. Washburn, as an American journalist, made himself indispensable to generals of the army, Kings, foreign ministers, and later to the U.S. State Department and the U.S. Army. This title is a basic reference work and textbook for all students of Russia in general and the Russian Armed Forces in particular, and also for all students on Balkan countries, especially on Romania in particular. It provides invaluable insights on the traditional friendships between American and Russian military professionals that was important during the collapse of the Soviet regime in Russia. It also provides insights into the close friendship of America for the Romanian nation in the Balkans that was later of importance when Romanian King Mihai overthrew the Fascist regime and joined the Allies during World War II. Romania is now an ally of the United States in NATO. Stanley Washburn worked in World War I within the highest levels of a number of countries, especially the United States, Russia, Great Britain, France and Romania, and, if the work such as his in the shadows is not well understood by historians because documentation available only represents the "tips of icebergs" for operational security reasons, this book, prepared by Washburn in 1939 with the aid of his private diary and a fantastic personal memory and network of friends, is an indispensable tool for anyone interested in the behind the scenes decision making processes of statecraft and military matters. Russian Review described this important book as follows: "Stanley Washburn, an energetic American then in his mid-thirties, covered the Russian front for the London Times from August 1914 through the end of November 1916, and was a member of the Root mission to the Provisional government in 1917. He had established his reputation as a foreign correspondent working for the Chicago Daily News reporting on the Russo-Japanese War. As the representative of the Times of London, Washburn enjoyed entree into the most lofty circles of St. Petersburg society and he seems to have made the most of his opportunities....The bulk of the book, and the most valuable parts, deal with his repeated meetings with important personages: Sazonov, Alekseev, Brusilov, Queen Marie of Romania, and others...Washburn again and again marched into Army headquarters, examined the current tactical situation, offered his advice and predicted the outcome of the campaign - with unerring accuracy...Washburn seems to have been able to play an important role in this area, drafting statements designed for foreign consumption that were then issued by the Russian authorities...The book is well written and easy to read." Colonel Stanley Washburn (1878-1951) received his B.A. and D.H.L. from Williams College and also attended Harvard Law School. He won fame as a war correspondent during the Russo-Japanese War. After working as a war correspondent during World War I, he became a U.S. government official, reaching the rank of Colonel, US Army. He was decorated by the Emperor of Japan with the Order of the Imperial Crown, by the Emperor of Russia with the Order of St. Anna, and was appointed by the King of Romania as a Commander of the Order of the Crown. Colonel Stanley Washburn was the son of William Drew Washburn, who was a U.S. Representative from Minnesota (1879-1885) and U.S. Senator from Minnesota (1889-1895). The two sons of Colonel Stanley Washburn added to the patriotic legacy of their father, with Stanley Washburn, Jr. serving as an Air Transport Command pilot during World War II and then having a distinguished career in aviation, and as an inventor and writer of articles and books, and Hon. Cary Langhorne Washburn, who served with notable distinction as Assistant Secretary of Commerce in the Nixon and Ford administrations.
in the American Mind 1917-1941
by Stuart E. Knee, Ph.D.
Jon P. Speller (Editor)
Introduction by Herbert Druks, Ph.D.
Product Code: Knee1 (List Price: $40.00) ISBN: 0831501774
Hardcover: xvi plus 268 pages; Original Publisher: Robert Speller & Sons, Publishers, 1979
The Concept of Zionist Dissent in the American Mind 1917-1941 by Stuart E. Knee, Ph.D. is a massively researched, well-reasoned interpretation, and pioneering study of Jewish nationalism's American phase during the period immediately preceding the watershed years of 1945 to 1948 when the Jewish State of Israel was restored after nearly two thousand years of exile. Professor Knee convincingly documents the full range of American dissent and opposition to Jewish nationalism and ties it to the larger American issues of the times. Professor Knee makes it clear that restoring Israel in its ancient land was an idea before it emerged as a complex political reality and so it was first a topic of philosophical debate for American Jews; it becomes involved in Versailles diplomacy and thus became an American foreign policy matter; it was sponsored by Britain and, in the eyes of some American radicals, that bound it irrevocably to imperialism; to some Jews and Arabs it was perceived as a challenge to the American ethnic dream of the "melting pot". Finally, it generated such intense feeling that few Americans were left untouched or unmoved by it and very few remained unaware of it as an historic, mystical and highly disturbing phenomenon which has unquestionably left its imprint on American society. With new and perhaps seminal attitudinal changes that have begun within some of Israel's fellow Semitic brethren Arab countries, the comments about this book by Carl Herman Vosos, American Jewish Archives, are especially relevant today: "Knee's writing is exciting, the research excellent and his objectivity is commendable...it is invaluable and deserves to be on the Middle East shelf of every library in America." The American Historical Review said "The author has gathered a great number of quotations...There is much material in this book." In his Introduction to The Concept of Zionist Dissent in the American Mind 1917-1941, distinguished scholar Professor Herbert Druks, Ph.D., correctly states: "In this unique book, Dr. Stuart E. Knee has given us a definitive study of Zionist dissent in America from 1917 to 1941...We owe Dr. Knee a debt of gratitude for unearthing this history for us so that we can see our own time a bit more clearly." Stuart E. Knee, Ph.D., is now Professor of History at the College of Charleston. Dr. Knee is the author of many articles published in refereed scholarly journals on a variety of subjects, and is the author of two other books, Hervey Allen: A Literary Historian in America 1889-1950, published in 1988, and Christian Science in the Age of Mary Baker Eddy, published in 1994. He became a biographee in WHO'S WHO IN AMERICA in 2005 in recognition of his scholarly achievements. This book should be required reading for everyone interested in a possible genuine peace process between Israel and its Arab neighbors, and belongs on the shelves of every library in the world because of the worldwide focus on the importance of possibly resolving Middle East problems in accord with the core values of the Semitic prophets from Abraham and Moses through Jesus and Muhammad, always keeping in mind that the ancient Jewish State of Israel, now restored, provides "the cadre with time in grade" of the line of Semitic prophets.
The U.S.S.R-German Aggression
Against Lithuania: A Documentary History 1939-1945
Edited by Bronis J. Kaslas, Ph.D.
Jon P. Speller (Editor)
Product Code: Kaslas1 (List price: $40.00) ISBN: 0831501359
Hardcover: viii plus 543 pages; Original Publisher: Robert Speller & Sons, Publishers, 1973
The U.S.S.R.-German Aggression Against Lithuania: A Documentary History 1939-1945 is the definitive scholarly reference work on the Soviet invasion of Lithuania in 1940, the German invasion of Lithuania in 1941, and the Soviet invasion of Lithuania again in 1944. Edited by noted Lithuanian Professor Bronis J. Kaslas, this book provides encyclopedic historical documentation that helped lead to the restoration of Lithuania's independence within the peaceful implosion of the Soviet Union and dissolution of the Soviet colonial empire. This volume is invaluable in proving through official documents the crimes in International Law committed against Lithuania by the Soviet Communists and Nazi Germans from 1939-1945. Lithuania is now an ally of the United States in NATO and a member of the European Union. The Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science described this classic book as "A well organized and documented reference work. Highly recommended." In its review, Lituanus, Lithuanian Quarterly Journal of Arts and Sciences, emphasized the importance of this book in International Law: "...the selection of documents was guided by one principal objective: to present material, showing the applicability of the principle of non-recognition of the use of force and conquest in international relations (the Stimson doctrine) in the case of Lithuania. The collection, therefore, emphasizes the legal aspects of Soviet-Lithuanian relations, the Nazi-Soviet conspiracy of August 1939 and its results, and the international law consequences of non-recognition of Soviet aggression against Lithuania by the United States and other Western powers." The American Journal of International Law described the book: "The volume is a collection of documents. Those concerning Russo-Llthuanian relations, culminating in the Soviet annexation of Lithuania, are generally known. What is less known is the documentation pertaining to the period of the German occupation..." The Journal of Baltic Studies emphasized that "The Chief value is the presentation of documents hitherto generally unavailable and the assembling into one book many other documents formerly so dispersed that their utility to scholars in the Baltic field was greatly reduced." Lithuanian language newspaper Daily Naujienas called The U.S.S.R.-German Aggression Against Lithuania "The most important book on the situation of Lithuania, a most effective defense of Lithuania's interests." The author, Professor Bronis J. Kaslas, Ph.D. (1910-1996) was a distinguished Lithuanian scholar and journalist, educated at the University of Vytautas the Great in Kaunas, Lithuania and at the University of Strasbourg and the Sorbonne in France. In exile, he was Professor and Chairman of the History Department at Wilkes College, Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania for many years, where he lectured in History and International Law.
The Katanga Circus
by Mugur Valahu
Foreword by Philippa Duke Schuyler (using her pseudonym, Felipa Monterro)
Jon P. Speller (Editor)
Product Code: Valahu1 (List Price: $40.00) ISBN: 0831500395
Hardcover: xviii plus 364 pages; Original Publisher: Robert Speller & Sons, Publishers, 1964
The Katanga Circus is by Mugur Valahu, a Romanian and American journalist who was also disclosed in his obituary published in the International Herald Tribune on March 7, 2003 to have been "a former field agent for the Central Intelligence Agency." The author spent many years in Africa where he developed a deep understanding of and empathy with the great diversity of indigenous African cultures, which contributed through our old and important Afro-American ethnic group to our American culture of unity in diversity, and The Katanga Circus is illuminating to everyone interested in that vital subject. Background data in this book include a discussion of colonialism, Belgian paternalism, and Bantu philosophy. The book also discusses United Nations military actions in the Congo in detail and gave, for the first time, a comprehensive and integrated account of the death of Lumumba. He gives more details then are available elsewhere concerning Tshombe and his ancestral Lunda Kingdom ties, an old African kingdom that transcends the borders of the Congo, Zambia, and Angola, as the Editor of this book, Jon P. Speller, himself verified later on during his own anti-Soviet and anti-Apartheid work in Africa during the Cold War. Valahu gives an objective account of the Belgian colonialist mining company, Union Miniere, which exploited the mineral resources of the Congo. Famous Afro-American concert pianist and journalist Philippa Duke Schuyler (using her pseudonym, Felipa Monterro), wrote in her Foreword to The Katanga Circus that Mugur Valahu "is wise and sympathetic enough to see the African as an individual rather than as a faceless symbol , and to deplore the actions of all the intriguers, black or white, who wish to exploit his helplessness, good-will, or naivete." Le Soir in Belgium reviewed this book as follows: "...a disconcerting sincerity...Valahu retraces the history of Congolese independence and reveals the origin of the incontestable particularism of the copper province of Katanga...Valahu spares no one. He recounts many anecdotes, often spicy, about the Bantu Ministers and high functionaries, ill prepared to direct efficiently the affairs of state...Here is a wise and prudent prognostication...will interest all who, near or far, have been involved in the history of the Katangese secession." The author, Mugur Valahu (1920-2003) was born in Bucharest, Romania and received his Doctor of Jurisprudence degree from the University of Bucharest in 1944 and, always a supporter of King Mihai of Romania, practiced law in the "Paris of the Balkans", Bucharest, until the total Communist takeover of Romania in 1948. Escaping to Paris, France, Valahu earned another Dpctpr pf Jurisprudence degree from the University of Paris and also became a leading exiled Romanian journalist, working for Radio Diffusion Francaise, the British Broadcasting Corporation, and for Radio Free Europe. Dr. Valahu next served as Secretary General of the Free Journalists Union and of the Free Romanian Association, while simultaneously working as a journalist for various European newspapers.He next moved to the United States and attended Georgetown University. He became a U.S. citizen, and patriotically served his adopted country in various public and private sector functions. Anyone who can appreciate the relevance today of the following words of Mugur Valahu in The Katanga Circus should buy this book: "One should never bring children into the game of adults, but Europe has brought her son (the United States of America) with strong arms into the forefront of world crises, and now stands at the rear crying, accusing, and criticizing the resulting adolescent behavior."
Karl Marx: Master of Fraud
by Commander S. M. Riis
Jon P. Speller (Editor)
Introduction by Brigadier General Frank L. Howley, U.S. Army
Preface by Jon P. Speller, Personal Secretary to Commander Sergius M. Riis
Product Code: Riis1 (List Price: $40.00) ISBN: 0831500425
Hardcover: xii plus 116 pages; Original Publisher: Robert Speller & Sons, Publishers, 1962
Karl Marx: Master of Fraud was written by legendary American intelligence officer Commander Sergius Martin Riis (1883-1963) and it was an important psychological stimuli psywar book on many battlefronts in the Cold War. It was published the year before the author's death, and Edited by his Personal Secretary, Jon P. Speller, who in 1963 succeeded Commander Riis in performing his special operations in the Cold War. A protege of Admiral Newton A. McCully, U.S. Navy, Commander Riis performed important intelligence duties in Revolutionary Russia, for which he received the Navy Cross, and served as Acting U.S. Naval Attache in Russia in Archangelsk during the Russian Civil War. He later served in the Baltic States, China, and Poland, among many other countries, as well as on the staff at Versailles of Admiral Newton A. McCully, Naval Adviser at the Paris Peace Conference to President Woodrow Wilson. In 1935 he published his first book, Yankee Komisar, a sanitized roman a clef written with "Burke MacArthur," the pseudonym of Lt. Col.Arthur J. Burks, U.S. Marine Corps. Commander Riis and Jon P. Speller sanitized many insightful Memoranda sent by Commander Riis to U.S. Presidents from Truman through Kennedy, and they are a very important and invaluable part of Karl Marx: Master of Fraud. In his Introduction to the book, Brigadier General Frank L. Howley, US Army, Commandant of Berlin during the Berlin Blockade and later Vice President of New York University, wrote: "I can vouch for the accuracy of the conclusions drawn in this book concerning the international scene." Among the published comments of personal friends of Commander Riis about this book are, from Pulitzer Prize Winning author James A. Michener: "I think everyone interested in American government could profit from the facts here presented"; from Governor Charles Edison, son of inventor Thomas Alva Edison and former Secretary of the Navy: "Victory over Communism not only can, but shall be ours...Commander Riis qualifies as a competent architect as well as a sage adviser on the international scene"; from Harry J. Anslinger, Commissioner of the U.S. Bureau of Narcotics (predecessor of the Drug Enforcement Agency - DEA): "After reading this interesting book: I would like to epitomize it with these words: 'Marxism is the opium of the intellectuals'"; Father John H. Ryder, S.J. of the Russian Center of Fordham University: "A Navy man's sound advice about Communism - Piracy must be attacked under whatever flag it flies;" and, from, among other V.I.P.'s, Admiral Thomas C. Kinkaid, U.S. Navy: "An interesting book by one who has been a student of Communism for long years and has had the opportunity to collect his material at first hand." Among press comments, The Portland Oregonian said of Karl Marx:Master of Fraud: "A vigorous analysis of the purposes and perversions of international communism." Commander Sergius M. Riis was instrumental in tilting many policies during his long career, e.g. recognition of the independence of the Baltic States of Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania after World War I and maintaining U.S. recognition of the sovereignty and independence of the Baltic States after the Soviet occupation of them in 1940. His sources, systems, and methods have been continued by his last Personal Secretary, Jon P. Speller, from 1963 on. Among his societies, Commander Riis was an Active Life Member of the Explorers Club, a Member of the Legion of Valor, of The American Society of Naval Engineers, the U.S. Naval Institute, and an Honorary Member of the Senior United Service Club in London, England where he had many close friends and colleagues. No one can understand the depth and extent of the Cold War, and its successful conclusion in the peaceful implosion of the Soviet Union and the discrediting of the Marxist ideology, without reading Karl Marx: Master of Fraud by Commander Sergius M. Riis.
by Colonel Andrew Seoane, U.S. Army
as told to Robert L. Niemann
Jon P. Speller (Editor)
Foreword by Brigadier General Henry J. Reilly, U.S. Army
Product Code: Seoane1 (List Price: $40.00) ISBN: 0831500697
Hardcover: ii plus 256 pages; Original Publisher: Robert Speller & Sons, Publishers,1960
Beyond the Ranges by Colonel Andrew Seoane, U.S. Army (1876-1964), as told to Robert L. Niemann, is a classic book on the history and continuities of the craft of intelligence, recounting the long career of the author as an intelligence officer in the U.S. Army in an era that spanned from horse cavalry days to the beginning of missile technology. His experience and opinions based upon that experience in this book were assessed by Military Review: "Seoane is an astute and independent observer of men and events." V .F. W. Magazine said: "...here is the story of a soldier with 40 years of distinguished service in the U.S. Regular Army." From 1909-1911 Seoane and Commander Joseph "Snake" Thompson, U.S. Navy, posed as botanists in Japan while preparing maps of the coast line - America's first espionage agents deployed in the field in Japan. Their information was of vital importance to America in the Second World War. In his Foreword to Beyond the Ranges, Brig. Gen. Henry J. Reilly, US Army, confirms that Colonel Seaone "was one of the first two agents (spies) for the Army to have operated in Japan, Korea, the Ryukyus, Taiwan, Manchuria and China...I believe that everyone, particularly those who are interested in World Affairs will find this book to be both informative and thought-provoking." Col. Seoane's co-author, Robert L. Niemann, was an expert on psywar and served as radio commentary writer for the Voice of the United Nations Command (psychological warfare) news branch that broadcast daily in Korean and Chinese to the Communist oppressed parts of those two important Asian nations.If one is interested in the evolution of the U.S. intelligence establishment after the Spanish-American War until today, Colonel Seaone's account and numerous "tidbits" in his book are of inestimable value for both the "old hands" and new personnel in intelligence now engaged in the war against deviant religious fanatic terrorists. The Editor of Beyond the Ranges, Jon P. Speller, was at the time of his editing of it the Personal Secretary to legendary "silent observer and listener in" Commander Sergius M. Riis, who said that "Colonel Seaone's book was must reading for anyone engaged in the shadow world of 'The Great Game,' to help them to learn not to 'sleep in their capes, nor to become so entranced by the Game that they forget that the Game has a purpose." Colonel Seaone was not only a superb in the field observer, but he was well experienced regarding the fact that a key aspect of the intelligence gathering and evaluating process is the ability to differentiate between the more important from the less important intelligence data. Anyone who believes that ability to be a necessity in today's terrorist plagued world should buy this book now! It is according to The Manchester, New Hampshire Sunday News, "a well-written and most informative volume."
The Undefeated Nation
by Adolfs Blodnieks, Former Prime Minister of Latvia
Jon P. Speller (Editor)
Introduction by Earl L. Packer
Product Code: Blodnieks1 (List Price: $40.00 ISBN: 0831500190
Hardcover: xv plus 312 pages; Original Publisher: Robert Speller & Sons, Publishers, 1960
The Undefeated Nation was written by Adolfs Blodnieks, a former Prime Minister of Latvia, with an Introduction by Earl L. Packer, former First Secretary of the U.S. Legation in Riga, Latvia who personally witnessed the illegal occupation of the Baltic States by the Soviet Union in 1940. As a result of that Soviet aggression, noted US Diplomat Hon. Loy Henderson, who like friends of his such as Earl L. Packer, had served both in Russia and in Riga, Latvia, during their careers led the overt battle for continued US recognition of the Independence of Estonia., Latvia, and Estonia until those countries could regain their lawful freedom and independence, which they did achieve following the peaceful implosion of the Soviet Union. Former Prime Minister of Latvia Adolfs Blodnieks in his youth took an active part in the Latvian revolution against Russian imperialism during World War I and against the Baltic Germans who were powerful within Latvia and its Baltic State neighbor, Estonia, in Tsarist times. Adolfs Blodnieks, as leader of the Latvian New Farmers and Smallholders Party, became Prime Minister of Latvia in 1933, but was soon replaced by noted Latvian statesman Karlis Ulmanis. Blodnieks survived the brutal Soviet and Nazi German occupations of Latvia during World War II, and escaped, in due course to the United States, where he was associated with the Free Europe Committee, parent organization of Radio Free Europe. American Historical Review well described The Undefeated Nation in its review: "Thisis a lively, well-written story of the Latvian nation. Blodnieks' eventful life has been directly associated with almost every important development in the long, adventurous struggle of the Latvian nation for its independence from Russian, German, and Bolshevik domination." Adolfs Blodnieks and his oft political rival during Latvian independence between World Wars I and II, Alfreds Berzins, the last surviving Cabinet Minister of the last free Latvian government of President Karlis Ulmanis of Latvia when the Soviets occupied Latvia, were joined together in exile in support of the Baltic States becoming the permanent bottom line barometer for the U.S. to measure its relationship with Russia, a barometric status that remains today of extreme importance, especially since Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania are now permanent Allies of the United States within the NATO framework. At the time that he edited The Undefeated Nation, its Editor, Jon P. Speller, was also serving as Personal Secretary to Commander Sergius M. Riis, who had been a fellow US Intelligence officer in Revolutionary Russia with Loy Henderson and Earl Packer, and who had also served in the Baltic States of Latvia and Estonia, and who was an extremely well-connected covert advocate of the importance of the independence of the Baltic States. Convinced that the Containment policy concept of George Kennan left windows of opportunity holes that the Soviets could, and did, exploit, and that the Liberation policy advocated by John Foster Dulles was too unrealistic and risky in the complicated international arena of the nuclear age, Commander Riis and his Personal Secretary and a small nucleus of Americans and exiles from Communist countries created the most secret non-governmental concept of the "implosion theory" which could result in an eventual collapse of the Soviet Union and the Communism system based upon clandestinely, and through psywar psychological stimuli, utilizing the inherent contradictions within the Marxist-Leninist ideology to tilt the East Bloc into an eventual peaceful "implosion," as it eventually did. An early important such psychological stimuli input concerning Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania specifically, was planted by the Editor in Earl L. Packer's Introduction to The Undefeated Nation: "Independence might also arrive via the not impossible route of fragmentation of the Soviet empire produced by internal spontaneous combustion." Anyone interested in the history of the Latvian nation, its fellow Baltic States nations of Lithuania and Estonia, the Baltic Sea Region of the Atlantic Ocean Area, and the study of the demented Communist and Nazi ideologies, as well as anyone desiring a closer peek into the mysteries of the Cold War that have been so distorted by diverse perverse "conspiracy theorists," must read Adolfs Blodnieks' The Undefeated Nation.
by General Sir Hubert Gough
Jon P. Speller (Editor)
Introduction by Sir Arthur Bryant, C.B.E., LL.D.
Product Code: Gough1 (List Price: $40.00) ISBN: 0831500107
Hardcover: 260 pages; Original Publisher, Robert Speller & Sons, Publishers, 1959
Soldiering On is the Memoirs of General Sir Hubert de la Poer Gough, G.C.B., G.C.M.G., K.C.V.O., (1870-1963) is one of the most interesting figures in British military history. Like American General Smedley D. Butler, USMC, in the United States, who never became Commandant of the Marine Corps because of his outspoken views, General Gough never reached the apex of British military honours, i.e. a Field Marshal's baton and a peerage, because of his involvement in controversies. Irish by blood and upbringing, entering the Royal Military Academy at Sandhurst before his eighteenth birthday, Gough served against Pathan clans in British ruled India in the 1890's - the same area where deviant Muslim fanatics of the Osama bin Laden ilk are active today in Pakistan. Gough then served in the Boer War in South Africa, where, according to noted British historian Sir Arthur Bryant in his Introduction to this book, Gough "was the first officer of General Buller's relieving force to enter Ladysmith-an occasion which, following weeks of anxiety, defeat and humiliation, thrilled the entire nation." Continuing his professional military career in the British Isles, in early 1914 Gough became the central figure of the almost civil war evoking "Curragh Mutiny" in Ireland, in which Gough was threatened with a court martial. During World War I, Gough served with great valor and skill on the Western Front, as successively commander of a Brigade, a Division, a Corps, and then of the Fifth Army, where again his career became steeped in controversy. On March 21, 1918, General Gough's Fifth Army bore the brunt of the German Operation Michael offensive, and the supposed failure of his army to hold the line and stem the German advance led to his dismissal from the command of the Fifth Army. The actual facts were different, as General Sir Hubert Gough himself says: "As for the 'retreat' of the Fifth Army, this in fact was a clearly defined manoeuvre and foreseen. Several hundred bridges over the Somme and other small streams had been prepared for demolition weeks before the attack." (p. 178). Present day British journalist and historian, Andrew Roberts, has succinctly verified the truth about the Fifth Army controversy, vindicating General Sir Hubert Gough: "The reason why the Germans did not break through to Paris, as by all the laws of strategy they ought to have done, was the heroism of the Fifth Army and its utter refusal to break," as Lord Birkenhead did before him in his statement: "If one soldier more than another was directly responsible for our victory that year, that soldier was General Gough." In 1919, General Gough traveled to the Black Sea region, visiting Batum and Tbilisi in Georgia, Baku in Azerbaizhan, and Novorosisk in Russia. Later that year General Gough was appointed head of the Allied Military Mission on the Baltic, where he had to cope with the arrogant General Rudiger von der Goltz as well as the Soviet Army in their separate, but parallel, efforts to prevent the independence of the Baltic States of Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania, for as General Gough states, "independence for the Baltic States was the only sensible and realistic policy..." (p.201) In the 1920's and 1930's retired General Gough visited Poland and Lithuania in Eastern Europe, and Kenya, Zambia, Uganda and other parts of Africa, among many places. In World War II he helped organize Home Guard units in Great Britain Punch said of Soldiering On, "...interesting...the distinctive character of the British people is revealed." The Times (London) said General Gough's book "...contains much of current interest." Anyone interested in military science, world affairs, and specific areas of interest such as Ireland, the Baltic States, the Caucasus, Africa or the sub-Continent of India, must read this book in order to understand the psychology of the British people, for the United Kingdom still plays an important and very influential role in the world comity of nations today.
by His Royal Highness Prince George of Greece, High Commissioner in Crete (1898-1906)
Jon P. Speller (Editor)
Product Code: George1 (List Price: $40.00) ISBN: 0831400743
Hardcover: xxvii plus 432 pages; Original Publisher: Robert Speller & Sons, Publishers, 1959
The Cretan Drama: The Memoirs of H.R.H. Prince George of Greece is one of the rarest of books, a no hold barred personal account by a distinguished member of a Royal Family concerning extremely important events in the important Balkan part of Europe.that involved all of the Great Powers of the time. Of this most important book and source material, Balkan Studies wrote: "...historians will now have to reappraise the early history of modern Crete and Greece in terms of the new material that has now been made available through this significant publication." Journal of Central European Affairs wrote: "The memoirs of Prince George shed light..." Modern History wrote: "Offers the historian a remarkable insight into the prince's mentality." His Royal Highness wrote these Memoirs so that "The truth would out," a faithfulness to an ancient continuity value within the courageous Greek nation. Jon P. Speller, Editor, wrote in the Publisher's Note to The Cretan Drama: "His Royal Highness Prince George of Greece had always refused to publish His Memoirs lest the interests of his country be damaged by the disclosure of the policy of the Great Powers in the Balkans, especially in the Cretan Question. The publication of a criticism by Sir Compton MacKenzie and the disclosure by Lord Howard of Penrith of the instructions given to him, as British Consul-General in Crete, by the Foreign Office in 1903: "Let Him (the Prince) down gently" persuaded Prince George that, after fifty years of silence, the time had come to bring to light the truth about his action in Crete." The experience of being "Let down gently" by the Great Powers that the noble Prince George of Greece experienced is a phenomenon that the Royal Houses of the Balkans, including the Albanian, Bulgarian, Greek, Montenegrin, Romanian, and Serbian Royal Families have had to face in diverse ways. Library Journal said of The Cretan Drama by H.R.H. Prince George of Greece: "The book succeeds in bringing clarity...this material is completely new...primary sources for political history...recommended."
by J. H. Duval
Jon P. Speller (Editor)
Product Code: Duval1 (List Price: $40.00) ISBN: 083150014X
Hardcover: 181 pages; Original Publisher: Robert Speller and Sons, Publishers, 1958
Maestro John H. Duval was the voice coach of famous opera singer Titta Ruffo, and The New York Times called his book, Svengali's Secrets and Memoirs of the Golden Age, "Recollections of an authority on bel canto." Opera News reviewed the book with the following comments: "J. H. Duval's Svengali's Secrets and Memoirs of theGoldenAgeis a small and very special book that possesses instantaneous appeal for all who rejoice in the mere sound of a beautiful voice...The last part of the book, containing practical and vocal advice on how to make a career, will appeal not only to aspiring singers but to the layman, for it is filled with observations, examples and anecdotes. Mr. Duval's little book is an absolute must for all lovers of opera as revealed through beautiful singing." The National Association of Teachers of Singing Bulletin said of this book: "Fascinating volume...one of the twentieth century's foremost authorities on Bel Canto reminisces intriguingly...no dull textual moments...no recent book is better adapted for a place among the literature to be found on the table in vocal studio waiting rooms." From his studio in the old Metropolitan Opera House in New York City Maestro J. H. Duval taught or coached many opera singers of the last century. In his book he also reminisces about his association with D'Annunzio, Puccini, Maurel, Massenet, del Puente, Ruffo and other leading singers and composers of the first six decades of the twentieth century. This book is a must read for any teacher of voice and is a classic book on music within global culture, belonging in every library collection on the wonderful world of music. Any aspiring Pavarotti of the twenty first century must surely read Maestro Duval's authoritative book on bel canto, for, as reported in its obituary of Luciano Pavarotti on September 6, 2007, The Times (London) said that Pavarotti "built up his infallible technical security from a strong foundation of bel canto." Reviewed in The Book Exchange, London: "One of the present century's greatest authorities on bel canto provides a fascinating picture of famous singers...very pleasant...reading includes much valuable advice."
Recollections of the Third Republic
by Joseph Paul-Boncour
Jon P. Speller (Editor)
Product Code: Paul-Boncour1 (List Price: $40.00) ISBN: 0831500506
Hardcover: 269 pages, Original Publisher: Robert Speller & Sons, Publishers, 1957
Recollections of the Third Republic is by Joseph Paul-Boncour (1873-1972) was an eminent statesman of the French Third Republic, who in 1945 led the French delegation to the founding conference of the United Nations in San Francisco and signed the United Nations Charter on behalf of France. Recollections of the Third Republis is a classic book that, as the Journal of Modern History described the book in its review: "...brings to life the crucial years of the Third Republic ...this volume demonstrates that an understanding of the development and working of the French government can be best gained from the recollections of the past." This book follows with a sensitive eye the recovery of France after its defeat in the Franco-Prussian War amidst the myriad of personalities, including the tragi-comic General Boulanger; the prematurely removed Premier Pierre Waldeck-Rousseau, to whom Paul-Boncour was private secretary; the almost legendary French pacifist martyr Jean Jaures; and the "tiger" of World War I, Premier Georges Clemenceau. During World War I Paul-Boncour assisted General Joseph Gallieni in performing his role as the "Savior of Paris," fighting on the front in Lorraine, witnessing the arrival of the Americans who turned the tide, and the feeling of all Frenchmen at the Armistice on November 11, 1918 - all of these Paul-Boncour writes about with a rarely found emotion and beauty. The New York Times commented about this book that it "...may be read with much pleasure and no little profit," and the St. Louis Post Dispatch said that this book "deserves to be read... M. Paul-Boncour does his readers a service." France-Amerique said that this book is ",,,exciting...enlightens our knowledge...from this important book one can learn much." Foreign Affairs review of this book that it is "filled with facts on French and European politics," and these facts make Recollections of the Third Republic a classic book illustrating that the continuities in history provide an extremely important element for understanding contemporary affairs Library Journal recommends that "everyone who is interested in modern European history will benefit from Paul-Boncour's first-hand testimony. Joseph Paul-Boncour served in many French cabinet, legislative, and diplomatic positions. He was Premier of France (1932-1933) and Permanent French Delegate to the League of Nations (1932-1934, 1936, and 1938). Paul-Boncour was opposed to the Vichy government and continued the fight against Nazi Germany after the fall of France in 1940. He last served as a Senator from 1946-1948 and then became a most highly respected French and European elder statesman until his death in 1957. France is America's oldest Ally, and Joseph Paul-Boncour personifies a true French friend of America. In his own words from the book (page 11): "...may our American friends be fortified in the resolution...to build together, resolutely, a better society and a Peace for which we have struggled and suffered together."