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I'll get to that myself.
But we began publishing a few books on war subjects.
Guadalcanal Diary being a notable example. That was
an example of energetic publishing because King Features
got the manuscript. Dick Tregaskis was a King Features
reporter and for Hearst and UPI. They got the manuscript
and acted as agent for it. Chester Weil represented King
Features, and he sent nine copies--this is not usually done
but he had nine copies made of the manuscripts--to nine
publishers at the same time, saying, “What would you bid
Well, I had just said, the day before he sent this
out, “The first book that comes out about Guadalcanal is
going to be a knockout,” because Guadalcanal marked the
turning of the tide. In came this manuscript. I took it
home, read it immediately, and called Chester Weil at nine
o'clock the next morning and said, “I've got to have this
book.” We signed it up before any of the other eight publishers
had even started reading it. This was luck. As I
told you, I've been a lucky bastard all of my life.
Do you remember what you bought it for?
No...not much. The author was absolutely unknown
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