There’s a great post on the Art of Manliness blog this week about the history of the Armed Services Editions of books that were produced in the 1940s. Special editions of everything from the “Adventures of Superman” to classic novels like Moby Dick to philosophical works like Plato’s Republic were produced in huge quantities and distributed to American G.I.s fighting overseas in World War II. This was the largest book giveaway in the history of the world.
The article states that the ASE program was discontinued in 1947. Does anyone know whether the armed forces do anything today to provide soldiers with quality reading material? I’m really curious. Regardless, this is an extremely interesting article; please give it a look.