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dpd3672
09-03-2011, 12:32 AM
I always balked at the price of this one, and figured it'd be a dry read. I picked a copy up on Ebay last week and started reading it today.

Wow, it's much better than I thought it would be, very well written, very informative, and the dry, dated, technical prose I was dreading really isn't in there. It's hard to find, rather pricey when you can, but in my opinion, a must read. I'm 100 pages into it (it goes fast), and will probably be done in a couple hours.

It's structure is very similar to "War Baby," I can't help but wonder if Mr. Ruth did this intentionally.

LazyEngineer
09-03-2011, 01:17 AM
Yep. I was stunned at the $200+ price tag that some on Amazon.com were asking for it. But managed to score a $10 copy off ExLibris. It is a GREAT book. Easy read, and very informative.

dpd3672
09-03-2011, 01:45 AM
Yep. I was stunned at the $200+ price tag that some on Amazon.com were asking for it. But managed to score a $10 copy off ExLibris. It is a GREAT book. Easy read, and very informative.

Wow, $200 is way more than I'd spend, but for $10, you stole that. I've only seen a handful for sale over the last year, all around $50, give or take a few bucks.

J.R.2009
09-03-2011, 05:47 AM
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mnhusker
09-03-2011, 05:54 AM
I have seen reasonable prices on Abe Books for Hatchers book, you could try there too.

John

jimmyzwei
09-03-2011, 06:34 AM
also try
http://rutgersgunbooks.net/index.shtml
I had the best luck calling them, but at the time they had it in stock, from what I remember, under $50 shipped

preaction
09-03-2011, 09:39 AM
I got a first edition with a very good jacket for 98 dollars on amazon, well worth it.

mnhusker
09-03-2011, 11:53 AM
Right now on Abe Books, there are three copies.

One for $75, $85 and $100: all plus shipping.

John

dogbreath
09-03-2011, 12:01 PM
I paid $90 for mine at Rutgers. They are hard to find at a decent price. I wonder why they don't print more.:confused:

dpd3672
09-03-2011, 01:09 PM
I've seen a couple pop up on Ebay for around $50. The first couple I didn't bid on, the last one (that I bought) was $55 with shipping. It seems like about every 2 or 3 months there's one for sale there.

J.R.2009
09-03-2011, 01:38 PM
If you don't mind it in PDF form click on the link. I downloaded it on to my Nook e-reader. Always have it with me , along with all my other books when I travel or just waiting in the Doc's office, etc.

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Now, if I could only find a PDF of Hatcher's "Book Of the Grand" I could leave my hard back, First Edition, back at the house.

Didn't think about that, I got the link off a post in these forums. Sorry about that, wonder how much more from the posters link is a no-no ? :confused:

kwansao
09-03-2011, 03:26 PM
just ordered the $68 one on abe books! this book needs to be reprinted!!!

LazyEngineer
09-03-2011, 03:48 PM
My copy was published by "The Gun Room Press, Highland Park, N.J. 08904", Copyright 1948 Julian S. Hatcher, ISBN 0-88227-014-1.

I don't know who owns the copyright today. The printer, The Gun Press Room may have been bought by Rutgers. It's also possible that Hatcher assigned (or sold) the copyright to the NRA, who were his employer after his military career. You could check with them too.

http://www.shophighlandpark.com/point.php?id=136p

milsurpbug
09-04-2011, 01:36 AM
I had been looking for this book for a while, a 1st edition popped up on Amazon for $99 and I decided to "pull the trigger". Really good book and figured being a 1st edition gives it a little more collectors value. It's hard to justify to the wife, a used book that costs $100-$500 from Amazon. I told her the book is a collectors item like all those old rifles I get from the CMP.

My copy says "A National Rifle Association Library Book" The Book of The Garand by Major General Julian S. Hatcher.

A Sportsman Press Book, Washington Infantry Journal Press, First Edition, August 1948.

It would be nice for others, that whoever owns the copyright today reprint the book. With the limited amount of books, it will keep the price of the book high. The book has alot of great information and is worth seeking out.

I wonder how many first editions were printed. It might be rarer than an early WRA stock.

gap
09-04-2011, 06:23 PM
I got it from my library's intra-library loan program, and IMHO, it wasn't as good as it's been hyped.

JoeW2111
09-04-2011, 08:30 PM
My copy was published by "The Gun Room Press, Highland Park, N.J. 08904", Copyright 1948 Julian S. Hatcher, ISBN 0-88227-014-1.

I don't know who owns the copyright today. The printer, The Gun Press Room may have been bought by Rutgers. It's also possible that Hatcher assigned (or sold) the copyright to the NRA, who were his employer after his military career. You could check with them too.

http://www.shophighlandpark.com/point.php?id=136p

This is the copy that I also have. Says "First Edition 1948 -
Reprint Edition 1983 by Gun Room Press Highland Park, N.J."
Also says " A National Rifle Association Library Book"

I think I have had this book since the 1980's and never gave it any thought as to it having any value. Guess I better keep a little better care of it. :D

Garand Collector
09-04-2011, 10:16 PM
Bought the copy I have from Scott Duff several years ago. Paid, as I recall, about $35.00, plus shipping. It's a good read and quite a bit of early history on the M1 and how it was developed after WWI.

These days, before I "pop" for a book over $15.00, I interloan a copy through the local library just to see if it's worth the money. Many times, by "previewing" the book has saved me quite a bit of money. I've seen the book on Gunbroker, Auction Arms and even eBay. It usually goes for almost $100, even for later editions. I'm surprised the book isn't currently being reprinted. My recommendation is to get a copy of the book!!!

LazyEngineer
09-04-2011, 10:55 PM
This is the copy that I also have. Says "First Edition 1948 -
Reprint Edition 1983 by Gun Room Press Highland Park, N.J."
Also says " A National Rifle Association Library Book"

I think I have had this book since the 1980's and never gave it any thought as to it having any value. Guess I better keep a little better care of it. :D

Is it all original, or does it have any mixed pages or a re-done sleeve?

(sorry, I just had to say it! http://www.ar15.com/images/smilies/smiley_smartass.gif )

captaincalc
09-05-2011, 10:19 AM
buy a copy -- I doubt you'll loose much money on it if you decide to sell it later on. You're just trading "paper" money for "valuable-book" money.

JoeW2111
09-05-2011, 01:49 PM
Is it all original, or does it have any mixed pages or a re-done sleeve?

(sorry, I just had to say it! http://www.ar15.com/images/smilies/smiley_smartass.gif )

Took me a minute to get your meaning, LOL
Looks to be "correct" but not "original" to 1948 :D

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Until I read this thread I had no idea it would be selling much more than it's original price (19.95) but then again, a M1 Garand bought from DCM in 1983 sold for $ 94.30 plus shipping. Today that rifle would be worth about 10 x that so, maybe at only 5x the original cost, the books a good deal. :D

gunny
09-05-2011, 02:00 PM
Took me a minute to get your meaning, LOL
Looks to be "correct" but not "original" to 1948 :D

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Until I read this thread I had no idea it would be selling much more than it's original price (19.95) but then again, a M1 Garand bought from DCM in 1983 sold for $ 94.30 plus shipping. Today that rifle would be worth about 10 x that so, maybe at only 5x the original cost, the books a good deal. :D

Yup, and humpers are working on it.....

musketjon
09-05-2011, 02:45 PM
I picked up my copy of it for $20, but that was 30 years ago.
Jon