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Terkel, Studs. TOUCH AND GO: A MEMOIR. New York City, NY: New Press, 2008. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 270 pages. As New/As New.

The author's third memoir, and last book. One of the most important literary events of the year 2007/2008. The true First Edition. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions. "Touch And Go" is not, as many commentators have erroneously noted, Studs Terkel's first memoir. That honor belongs to "Talking To Myself" (1977). "Chicago" (1986), his valentine to his beloved city, is his second memoir, a book that only Terkel could have written about the much-written-about city, which he used as a prism to reminisce on his life, his causes, and his lifelong fascination with the story called The American Dream. "Touch And Go" is Terkel's valentine to a full life and tumultuous time: "A medley of all the extraordinary characters he has encountered through his career, from the adult loners of his youth in Chicago's Wells Grand Hotel to New Deal politicians. Terkel details his long journey through law school, the air force, theater, radio, early television, sports commentary, jazz criticism, and oral history. Surprisingly, a twelve-time author who has built a career on emerging media is a hopeless Luddite. Unskilled with his tape recorder, the bread-and-butter of an oral historian, Terkel modestly attributes his knack for getting people to open up about their lives to his own ineptitude and slovenliness. A fitting portrait of a legendary talent who seeks truth with compassion, intelligence, moxie, and panache. Never one to back down from authority, Terkel cracks jokes in law school classrooms and filibusters FBI visits by quoting long passages from Thoreau and Paine. He pogos between decades, reminding the reader that knowing history doesn't mean memorizing chronologies so much as it does attending to the lessons and voices of the past. He laments the National Alzheimer's afflicting his country, and fears the consequences if we don't regain consciousness. Americans might get to know their collective past a lot better if all history lessons were as absorbing and entertaining as this one" (Publishers Weekly). At 95 years old, one of America's genuine living legends, and as clear-eyed as ever, Terkel looks back poignantly and unforgettably, and as always, with an acute eye towards the future. His place in American literature is secure, and his last book is a gem. Studs Terkel died on October 31, 2008 at the age of 96, yet another American icon who will not be replaced. A "must-have" title for Studs Terkel collectors. This copy is very prominently and beautifully signed in black marker on the title page by Studs Terkel. It is signed directly on the page, not on a tipped-in page or bookplate, as some copies online are. This copy was obtained from the Chicago Museum History, where the first and only public signing of the book was held, more than two months after the book's November 2007 publication date. A removable "Signed Copy" round sticker was pasted in front by the bookstore which provided the copies for the signing. Terkel was taken ill in 2007, necessitating the postponement of the book's official launch to January 19, 2008. Judging from his appearance during the signing, he was in very frail health, signed very few copies of the book, and did not tour. This title is now as collectible as his other books. This is the only such signed copy available online and has no flaws, a pristine beauty. A rare signed copy thus. Lavishly illustrated with vintage photographs. Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Nonfiction in 1985 for "The Good War". One of the greatest American writers of the 20th century and a national treasure. A flawless collectible copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER STUDS TERKEL TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 1595580433. $300.00

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