Daily Archives: February 25, 2020

History of Ancient Rome Italy 1910 Ferrero fine 5 vol. leather set books Roma Italia

Brian DiMambro Antiquarian

Feb 25, 2020

[Antiquarian Books, Decorative Leather Bindings, Roman Empire,
European History].

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The Greatness and Decline of Rome, by Guglielmo Ferrero. Trans. by Alfred Zimmerman.
Published c. 1910, New York by G. P. Putnam’s Sons.
5 volumes, each c. 375 pages. Text in English. Frontis engraving protected by original tissue guard in first vol.

Period 1/2 leather binding, raised and gilt bands, gilt ruled compartments, title and volume in gilt, marbled covers and end papers. Top edge gilt.

Any age flaws are easy to overlook or forgive.

Front joints slightly weakened, small scuffing and flaking to leather, some spine heads very slightly chipped, but bindings remain clean, tight, and sound.

Interior contents clean and with a very pleasing age patina, a couple pages in 2 or 3 books rather roughly opened and with jagged edges.

Lovely monumental early 20th century history of Rome that retains a stately and handsome shelf appearance.

Books measure: 8 7/8″ H X 6″ W.
Set along the shelf measures: 8″.

The Emperor’s Club – excerpt

Excerpt “The Emperor’s Club” (2002)  with Kevin Klein


Why explore a metallic asteroid? NASA Psyche Mission co-investigator explains


Feb 25, 2020

NASA Psyche Mission Co-Investigator Dr. Tim McCoy explains the importance of exploring a metallic asteroid. — Why NASA Is Sending a Spacecraft to a Metal Asteroid Called ‘Psyche: https://www.space.com/40272-metal-ast… Credit: NASA

Our (slightly doomed) flight to an atmospheric river

Verge Science

Feb 25, 2020

Atmospheric rivers are important but poorly understood weather phenomena that supply the West Coast with up to 50% of its annual precipitation. In an effort to understand them better, scientists have partnered with the Air Force to fly directly into these weather systems and study them. Verge Science collaborated with CalMatters to hitch a ride on a recent flight. It didn’t go as planned.

Read Rachel Becker’s full report here: http://bit.ly/2vdBZPy
For more stories about environmental issues in California, check out https://calmatters.org/

The Mighty Wurlitzer: How the CIA Played America: Hugh Wilford


In 1967 the magazine Ramparts ran an exposé revealing that the Central Intelligence Agency had been secretly funding and managing a wide range of citizen front groups intended to counter communist influence around the world. In addition to embarrassing prominent individuals caught up, wittingly or unwittingly, in the secret superpower struggle for hearts and minds, the revelations of 1967 were one of the worst operational disasters in the history of American intelligence and presaged a series of public scandals from which the CIA’s reputation has arguably never recovered.

CIA official Frank Wisner called the operation his “mighty Wurlitzer,” on which he could play any propaganda tune. In this illuminating book, Hugh Wilford provides the first comprehensive account of the clandestine relationship between the CIA and its front organizations. Using an unprecedented wealth of sources, he traces the rise and fall of America’s Cold War front network from its origins in the 1940s to its Third World expansion during the 1950s and ultimate collapse in the 1960s.

Covering the intelligence officers who masterminded the CIA’s fronts as well as the involved citizen groups–émigrés, labor, intellectuals, artists, students, women, Catholics, African Americans, and journalists–Wilford provides a surprising analysis of Cold War society that contains valuable lessons for our own age of global conflict.

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The Old Boys: The American Elite and the Origins of the CIA – Burton Hersh


A group biography of the founders and leaders of the CIA shows how the agency became a secret government that goes against the American constitutional system and fosters extra-legal scandals.

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Cloak & Gown: Scholars in the Secret War, 1939-1961 | Robin W. Winks


From the Back Cover:

The CIA and its World War II predecessor, the Office of Strategic Services (OSS), were for many years largely populated by members of Ivy League colleges, particularly Yale. In this highly acclaimed book, Robin Winks explores the underlying bonds between the university and the intelligence communities, introducing a fascinating cast of characters that include safe-crackers and experts in Azerbaijani as well as such social luminaries as Paul Mellon, David Bruce, John P. Marquand, Jr., and William Vanderbilt.

Publisher: Morrow
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This edition of the book includes a new preface by Winks.

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