COOKE, Alistair. A Generation on Trial. U.S.A. v. Alger Hiss. Rupert Hart-Davis. 1950.
8vo. Original dark blue cloth with dustwrapper; pp. xiv + 342 + xv; wrapper chipped to corners and head and foot of spine, internally very bright, very good.
First UK edition. Alistair Cooke covered this celebrated espionage trial for the Guardian, filing daily reports. A Generation on Trial is much more than a collection of his Guardian articles, however. Nick Cooke says of it: "It is a remarkable work and unlike anything he attempted before or afterwards. It is both straightforward reportage - a clever distillation of the mountains of evidence - but also a psycho-drama, what in later terms might have been called a docu-thriller" (Alistair Cooke: the Biography, Chapter 18).