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Viking, New York, 1942. Hardcover. Book Condition: Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine. Illustrated by Frank Lieberman (illustrator). First Edition. First Edition--states "First Published in March 1942". Fine blue cloth with silver lettering spine title. Near Fine Dust Jacket with minor chipping and wear at top and bottom of spine edges and corners. Price clipped. Signed by previous owner on endpaper. Protected in archival plastic. Steinbeck wrote this propaganda novella at the request of the OSS (WW II predecessor to the CIA) , to motivate the resistance movement in France and the other Nazi occupied countries. It was published in every European language in 92 different editions, and the US government awarded the author a thank you medal.
Originally published at the zenith of Nazi Germany's power, The Moon Is Down explores the effects of invasion on both the conquered and the conquerors. Occupied by enemy troops, a small, peaceable town comes face-to-face with evil imposed from the outside and betrayal from within the close-knit community. As he delves into the motivations and emotions of the enemy, Steinbeck uncovers profound and often unsettling truths both about war and human nature.