New York: George Braziller, . First printing. Hardcover. xii, 292 pages. Signed by the author. First printing. Hardcover, in good condition, bound in red cloth with silver lettering on the spine, in a very good jacket. Book is moderately cocked, though it will stand upright on its own; top corner of front free endpaper clipped, and a darkened one-inch square shows where a price sticker used to be, overlapping the clipped edge so that the mark's lower half is on the endpaper and its upper half is on the half-title page that follows. The white jacket is in nice shape, with a bit of creasing and wear along its top edge and at the bottom of the spine panel. Jacket enclosed in a clear, archival-quality, removable protective cover. Item #768
The author, formerly a major in the U.S. Army Medical Corps, was stationed at an army hospital in Japan. In the foreward he wrote, "The stories I have tried to tell are true. Those that happened in Japan I was part of; the rest were from the boys I met. I would have liked to disbelieve some of them, and at first I did, but I was there long enough to hear the same stories again and again, and then to see part of it myself." Frequently noted in lists of the best Vietnam War literature. This copy is inscribed by the author in black ink on the front free endpaper, "Perhaps, a bit, to end/this foolish war./Ron Glasser". Though undated, clearly a wartime inscription, and uncommon as such.