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Rachman, Tom. THE RISE AND FALL OF GREAT POWERS. New York City, NY: The Dial Press, 2014. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 385 pages. As New/As New.

The author's second novel. One of the most important literary events of our time. The First Hardcover Edition. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions. Published in a small and limited first print run as a hardcover original only. Presents Tom Rachman's "The Rise And Fall of Great Powers". It ironically and appropriately alludes to Paul Kennedy's great history book, "The Rise And Fall of The Great Powers" (1989). Note that the only word Rachman drops is the dispensable "the". "A brilliant, intricately woven novel about a young woman who travels the world to make sense of her puzzling past. Tooly Zylberberg, the American owner of an isolated bookshop in the Welsh countryside, conducts a life full of reading, but with few human beings. Books are safer than people, who might ask awkward questions about her life. She prefers never to mention the strange events of her youth, which mystify and worry her still. A stunning novel that reveals the tale not just of one woman but of the past quarter-century as well, from the end of the Cold War to the dominance of American Empire to the digital revolution today. A breathtaking novel about long-buried secrets and how we must choose to make our own place in the world" (Publisher's blurb). An absolute "must-have" title for Tom Rachman collectors. This copy is very prominently and beautifully signed, placed, and dated (three days after publication) in metallic-silver pen-marker on the title page by the author: "NYC June 18, 2014 Tom Rachman". Laid-in is a pristine copy of the Souvenir Announcement of the event during which his signature was obtained. This title will become a classic. This is one of very few signed and dated copies of the First Hardcover Edition/First Printing still available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. A very scarce signed copy thus. One of the most brilliant living novelists. A fine copy. . ISBN 0679643656. $60.00

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