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 Cobb, Irvin s. World's Great Humorous Stories. Armed Services Edition Inc ASE, 1945. First Thus. Paperback. vg/vg+ #P-22. Light spine wear. Presentable condition for this publisher (usually found with heavy creasing and wear). This was issued during WW II to soldiers overseas. $7.95
 Chesterson, G K. The Man Who Was Thursday. Armed Services Edition Inc ASE, 1946. First Thus. Very Good #984. Wear and minor creasing. Presentable condition for this publisher (usually found with heavy creasing and wear). This paperback was issued during WW II to soldiers overseas. $12.95
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Hervey Allen. Bedford Village. Armed Services Edition [L-23]. UVa
he outstanding achievement of the Army Library Service during World War II was the publication and distribution of the Armed Services Editions. Guided by an organization of publishers, booksellers, authors, and librarians known as the Council on Books in Wartime, this publishing effort produced, from 1943-1947, over 122 million paperbacks for free distribution to U. S. servicemen. The Armed Services Editions were designed to appeal to a variety of reading tastes and included works ranging from bestsellers to poetry. Only 99 of the 1,324 titles published had previously been reprinted. Between 1943 and 1951 the Library received a complete set of Armed Services Editions, largely as gifts from the Council on Books in Wartime. The collection consists of 1,319 titles. See: for details."Getting quality reading material to our troops on the front lines is agreat initiative, and one that all the armed services are eager tosupport," says the Pentagon's Chief of Naval Information, Rear AdmiralStephen R. Pietropaoli. "The Armed Services Editions were a big hitwith the Greatest Generation, and it is heartening to see thepublishing industry looking for ways to support the men and women inuniform who are defending America today." First published in 1943, more than 123 million "Armed ServicesEditions" (ASEs) were handed out to U.S. troops overseas during WorldWar II. This giveaway represented the largest free distribution offiction and non-fiction books in the history of the world. More than1,300 titles were published, including mysteries, biographies, crimestories, adventure novels, and classic works of literature by authorssuch as Ernest Hemingway, John Steinbeck, and Herman Melville.It is the middle of World War II. Soldiers are on their way to the front lines of both the Pacific and European Theaters. Other soldiers are already there. Still others have been there and are now receiving medical treatment at military hospitals. There is a break in whatever action faces them. What are all of them doing? Reading! With no jukeboxes to fill with coins, no jive on radios they could tune in, little liquor to drink, and few willing women, books were a soldier's solution to boredom. Yes, even among the bombs and bullets there was boredom in World War II. One escape, one refuge of sanity, was to read. If it wasn't a good letter from home, it was a book, but how would a soldier obtain a book, and from whom? Starting in 1942 many books had dust jackets asking readers to donate books to the Army after reading. The Book of the Month Club donated 1,500 subscriptions to 130 libraries overseas, but no measure was enough to supply eager soldiers with enough books at the right cost. Donated books were also not designed with a soldier's special needs in mind. Thus was born a series of paper-bound books that was extremely important for its influence on a great generation. The series was the Armed Services Editions, a project that was the largest book give-away enterprise in world history. It began in 1943 and ended in 1947. Its achievement staggers the mind. During that small time frame, more than 1,300 titles were produced. A total of nearly 123 million volumes was distributed to soldiers, all thanks to a cooperative enterprise which involved several Army and Navy agencies, the War Production Board, 70 publishing firms, and more than a dozen printing houses, composition firms, and paper suppliers. The agency which guided and coordinated this massive project was the Council on Books in Wartime.