Here to Stay: A Collection of Pieces on a Common Theme of Human Tenacity - John HerseyHamish Hamilton, 1962, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good — in Good+ Dust Wrapper. Gently faded at the spine of the dust wrapper with a little spotting. Price. Clipped. Edges of the text block lightly spotted. Text complete, clean and tight but slightly musty.
From the cover: “In Here To Stay John Hersey tells of episodes in the past 20 years in which Man has courageously risen above desperate situations and shown his determination to survive despite the threats of the nuclear age.
Appropriately Mr. Hersey first tells the story of John Kennedy’s heroism in rescuing the crew of his P. T. boat, sunk by the Japanese, seventeen years before he became President. He ends with his famous Hiroshima, the story of the survivors of the first atomic bombing, written from personal investigation, with horrifying detail and compassionate indignation.
Between these two pieces we read of several wartime incidents, a Jew’s sufferings in Auschwitz, a crippled G.I.’s difficulties in adjusting himself to civilian life, the rehabilitation of a G.I. paralysed with fright, and the adventures of two Poles who survived persecution. In addition there are the extraordinary story of the old lady marooned on a rooftop amidst floods caused by a tornado; a study of that great American, President Truman, and a most moving account of an escape from Budapest in 1956.
All John Hersey’s books have had a serious purpose. A Bell for Adano drew attention to Italy’s plight; The Wall studied the Polish Jews’ struggle against tyranny; The War Lover exposed the war mentality; The Child Buyer showed up the exploitation of youthful talent. Here To Stay is a stirring reminder of our inherent ability to face the challenge of extinction which now faces the world.”