[Milwaukee: n. p.], 1920. First edition? 12mo, original printed wrappers, 64 pages. A trifle soiled; a very good copy. Item #17663
An entertaining, thoughtful, sarcastic rejoinder to the xenophobic anti-British pamphlet by Hearst writer Philip Francis, The Poison in America’s Cup (1919) and on the Hearst approach to suppressing thoughtful discussion in general. Noted on the front wrapper as “the Augmented Edition of the Little Book that is Denounced by Half-Americans but Praised by America’s Highest Authorities,” suggesting perhaps an earlier edition. (OCLC notes scattered holdings of a state third edition and a version with a somewhat variant title, the latter perhaps preceding this one.) Includes extracts from correspondence to Howe characterizing Hearst as “the great poisoner” and in alluding to his presidential hopes, “If we elect him, we’ll have a Hell of a country!”.