Signed first edition of The Many and the Few, from the personal collection of former President of the United Auto Workers, Leonard Woodcock.
Octavo, xv, 293pp. Maroon cloth, title in silver on front cover and spine. Stated “Second printing, March 1947” on copyright page. Solid text block, light wear to corners and spine, faint offsetting to endpapers. In the publisher’s dust jacket, $2.50 retail price to front flap, sunned spine with chipping to edges, short closed tear to front cover repaired with archival glue, a very good example. Signed by the author on the front free endpaper. Includes a UAW – CIO Convention Souvenir sticker affixed to front free endpaper, commemorating the 1947 convention.
Leonard Woodcock (1911-2001) was the President of the United Auto Workers and the first United States Ambassador to China. Woodcock dropped out of college in 1933 and began working as a machine assembler in Detroit. As manufacturing unions grew, he joined the United Auto Workers. After the tragic airplane accident resulting in the death of former UAW president Walter Reuther, Woodcock was selected to lead, and would remain president of the union from 1970 through 1977. Due to his progressive ideals, Woodcock was listed #9 on Nixon’s Enemies List, with the notation “No comments necessary.”