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Summer in Italy by  Sean ; [Kermit Roosevelt Jr.'s copy ] O'Faolain - Signed First Edition - 1950 - from Antiquarian Book Shop (SKU: 43886)

Summer in Italy

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Summer in Italy

by O'Faolain, Sean ; [Kermit Roosevelt Jr.'s copy ]

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New York: Devin-Adair Company. Very Good+ in Very Good dust jacket. 1950. First American Edition. Hardcover. 248 pages; Owner's signature on ffep -- "Kermit Roosevelt / Washington, 1950" Clean and secure in original green cloth binding in dustjacket with edgewear and chipping. Ó Faoláin was one of the most influential figures in 20th-century Irish culture and outspoken in his attacks on censorship and the conservative aspects of Irish nationalism and Catholicism. This is his Italian travel narrative book illustrated with eight black & white photographs. "Full of agreeable writing, urbane, scholarly, companionable and witty - This is the Italy of a thousand summers" wrote Alan Moohead in the 'Observer'. Kermit "Kim" Roosevelt, Jr. (1916 - 2000) was the grandson of President Theodore Roosevelt. He was a career intelligence officer who served in the Office of Strategic Services and operated throughout the Near and Middle East for the CIA in the 1950s and 1960s. In Egypt under Allen Dulles, Kim Roosevelt supervised the CIA's operation to undermine the popular General Neguib and encourage the rise to power of Gamul Abdul Nasser. Even before his decisive victory, Nasser was communicating through Roosevelt to make a settlement with Great Britain. These back-channel negotiations eventually produced the treaty signed in October 1954. Nasser ascended and for the next decade Egypt's relations with the West moved along a sometimes rocky road. By 1965 relations had significantly deteriorated and Nasser was quite worried the CIA was plotting to assassinate him. After the Odell-Amin case broke, the CIA began to look for "more West friendly" Egyptian elements. Their attention landed on the Muslim Brotherhood, which according to Talcott Seelye, "We thought of Islam as a counterweight to communism. We saw it as a moderate force, and a positive one." In fact the CIA was spending millions of dollars on anti-Nasser operations, including an extensive propaganda campaign. Roosevelt was also the mastermind of the Central Intelligence Agency's Operation Ajax, which orchestrated the coup against Iran's democratically-elected Mohammed Mossadegh administration, and returned Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, the Shah of Iran, to Iran's Peacock Throne in August 1953 for the purpose of returning Western control of Middle Eastern oil supplies. .


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Summer in Italy
O'Faolain, Sean ; [Kermit Roosevelt Jr.'s copy ]
Book condition
Used - Very Good+ in Very Good dust jacket
First American Edition
Devin-Adair Company
Place of Publication
New York
Date Published
Italy, Literary Memoirs, Kermit Roosevelt Jr.
Bookseller catalogs
European History;

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At The Antiquarian Book Shop, located in Georgetown - an historic neighborhood of Washington, D.C. we have been buying, selling & appraising rare, interesting and scholarly books in Georgetown for more than 30 years. Over those many years we have taken great pleasure from satisfying our customers' eclectic literary requirements in the shop and hope to continue in that tradition now that we have moved our operation on-line.Currently, our catalogued inventory includes about 4,000 books from the sixteenth century through the twentieth century in a variety of subject areas. Our stock comprises antiquarian books, collectible books and scholarly books, as well as a selection of antique prints and ephemera.The books listed here represent only a small portion of our total inventory. We are in the process of cataloguing the extensive holdings in our warehouse (15,000+ books) and hope to flesh out these pages over the months to come. Our new format allows us to expand & update our listings frequently. We have included images of many items listed to better convey their quality and condition.


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