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1942. viii, 316 pp, 22 cm, "first edition", [light grey cloth, dark blue lettering] map on lining-papers. Duell, Sloan & Pearce. New York. ($2.50)*

Fast's Forward to
The Unvanquished

Modern Library, 1945

Fast's Introduction to
The Call of Fife and Drum

Citadel Press, 1987

Introduction by Howard B. Rock
M.E. Sharpe, 1997

 

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1942. viii, 316 pp, 4 printings. Duell, Sloan & Pearce. New York.
1942.iv, 316 pp, 21 cm, book club, [pale green cloth, black lettering, maroon top edge] map on endpapers. Book League of America. New York.*
1942. "Abridged from the Book in the Author's Own Words". in: Omnibook Magazine, July 1942. p 3-32, 28.5 cm., 144 pp. Omnibook, Inc., New York (50¢) *
1942.254 pp, 11.5 x 16.5 cm, pbk. Armed Services Edition (A-19), Council on Books in Wartime, Inc. New York.*
1943.in: Liberty Magazine, February 27, 1943, pp 31-46. "A Liberty Book: abridged to a reading time of one evening". 28.5cm, 10¢*
1943.in: The Philadelphia Inquirer, July 4, 1943, 20pp. "Gold Seal Novel: complete in this issue". 35.5cm, illustrated by Ben Dale.*
1944. 206 pp, 19 cm, Duell, Sloan and Pearce. Bombay.
1945.with a new foreword by the author. 316 pp, 18.4 cm, "First Modern Library Edition" (239), maps. [blue cloth, gold lettering on red field, red top edge]. The Modern Library. New York. (95¢)*
1945.316 pp, 21 cm, "Forum Books Edition, first printing January 1945", [blue cloth, gold lettering] ill. endpapers. World Publishing Co. Cleveland.*
1945. 316 pp, 21 cm, "Forum Books Edition, second printing February 1945", [blue cloth, gold lettering] ill. endpapers. World Publishing Co. Cleveland.
1945.316 pp, 21.2 cm, "Forum Books Edition, third printing June 1945", [blue cloth, gold lettering] ill. endpapers. World Publishing Co. Cleveland.*
1946.229 pp, 18 cm, pbk, Penguin (US) (588). New York.*
1946.316 pp, 20.7 cm, "Tower Books Edition, first printing August 1946", [brown cloth, black printing]. World Publishing Co. (T-417). Cleveland.*
1947.211 pp, 19 cm, 1st British edition, [blue cloth, red lettering]. The Bodley Head. London.*
1967.198 pp, 17.7 cm, pbk, Bantam (S3343).75¢*
1970. 285 pp, pbk, 17.5 cm, Popular Library. New York. (445-00350-095 95¢)*
1987.in: Howard Fast, The Call of Fife and Drum: Three Novels of the Revolution. 23cm, 568pp, with an introduction by the author. Citadel Press. Secaucus, NJ.*
1997.New edition with an introduction by Howard B. Rock. 317 pp, 23.5 cm, M.E. Sharpe. Armonk, N.Y. ISBN: 1563245949*

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The Unvanquished

   Here is an historical novel of rapid-fire movement over ground millions know well: the story of Washington and the campaigns fought with magnificent determination through Long Island, Manhattan, Westchester, and New Jersey. It is a story of American indomitability from which we take inspiration today, for here, too, initial setback after setback formed the crucibles in which were forged the final will to victory.
   Told throught the person of Washington himself, "The Unvanquished" opens with his decision, in 1776, to hold New York City, a military impossibility considering the forces at his command. During a period of several months he was smashed by one defeat after another. He himself narrowly escaped capture. Very much a gentleman, courteous, polished, Washington had little knowledge of military strategy. But he had one virtue, then unrealized -- a singleness of purpose, an amazingly dogged devotion to what he felt was his path. Out of these devastating campaigns he rescued one thing: his belief in himself and in the cause he served.
   Howard Fast has proved that his is one of the outstanding talents among American novelists. Each successive book of his has won increasing critical acclaim and wider audiences. "The Last Frontier" has already been selected for a special recognition by the Readers Club. Quotations from the reviews appear on the back flap of this jacket. Carl Van Doren, who read "The Unvanquished" in proof, has authorized the statement which appears on the back of this jacket. Lean and direct, these historical novels of Howard Fast not only break a tradition; they innaugurate a new one.

Carl Van Doren writes:
"The Unvanquished is, so far as I know, the first novel ever written in which Washington is fully shown as thinking and feeling like a living man, not moving through the story like the statue of a hero. The novelists have been worse about him than the historians. Here at last is a novelist who has dared to tell his story from inside Washington's consciousness, as the events of the Revolution struck the Commander-in-chief himself, with all the uncertainties and anxieties he must have been tormented by. Here are inward truths and outward facts about Washington. This was a bold undertaking of Mr. Fast's, and it is extraordinarily successful.
   "As to the general historical accuracy of the novel I have only admiration. The story is written close to ascertainable history with almost no repetition of old legends. Perhaps the episode of Howe's call on Mrs. Murray is chiefly traditional, and if it had taken place would have had less than the effect traditionally ascribed to it. But this is a small matter in comparison with the historical truth in -- for instance -- the part played by the Marblehead men, and the figure that Charles Lee cuts, and the characterizations of Hamilton and Burr and Putnam and Knox and Nathan Hale and others. Readers now know how the complex business was to come out. But the actors in it did not know that and had to live through each day in ignorance of what the next would bring. Reading The Unvanquished is the next thing to having been on the scene at the time."

from the dustjacket of the 1942 Duell, Sloan and Pearce first edition

The Unvanquished
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Book Review Digest, Aug'42.
Library Journal, 67:533 '42.
Nation, 154(693) Jun 13'42.
New Republic 107(203) Aug 17'42. Cowley, Malcom.
NY Herald Tribune Books, IX, p.5, Jun 14'42. Feld, Rose.
Time, p.88, Jul 13'42.
Wilson Library Bulletin, 17:82 Oct'42. Howard Fast.

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