Omar N. Bradley. A Soldier's Story. NY: Henry Holt, [1951]. First edition, one of 750 copies signed, also inscribed by Bradley. From the James and Deborah Boyd Collection.

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    Omar N. Bradley. A Soldier's Story. New York: Henry Holt and Company, [1951]. First edition, one of 750 numbered copies signed by Bradley (this being copy no. 88). This is also a Presentation Copy, inscribed by Bradley on the title page: For Mrs. Florence Homolka/with all best wishes,/Omar N. Bradley.' Octavo. [xx], 618 pages. Portrait frontispiece. Fifty-five maps, seventeen b&w illustrations. Publisher's light gray buckram, original acetate jacket and slipcase. Acetate jacket with moderate chipping and rubbing. Some light rubbing and sunning to slipcase. A near fine copy.

    Omar N. Bradley (1893-1981) had a long an distinguished career in the United States Army. He was a senior field commander in World War II, and was the first Army general to be appointed Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. He was also the last surviving five-star general. A Soldier's Story recounts Bradley's battles during World War II from a soldier's perspective (Bradley led more combat troops than any other field commander in history, and was beloved by his troops for his politeness and courtesy toward them). Florence Homolka (1911-1962) was the daughter of Eugene Meyer, publisher of the Washington Post (her younger sister is Katharine Graham), and was a well-known photographer. She was famous for her portraits of celebrities, and was a close friend and protégé of Man Ray (she even took his wedding portraits as well as Max Ernst's). She had married Academy Award-nominated actor Oscar Homolka, and had two sons with him.

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