The Naked and the Dead. New York: Rhinehart & Company, 1948. First Edition. Pp, 721. Smooth black buckram boards, title lettered in white to spine, in publisher's dust jacket designed by Karov. Bookplate to front pastedown. Jacket price-clipped, otherwise a very good copy. First issue with "R" printed on the copyright page. "The best novel to come out of the . . . war, perhaps the best book to come out of any war. The narrative presents, with great accuracy and power, the agony of the American troops in the Pacific campaign It remains Mailer’s best, and certainly the best war novel to emerge from the United States" (San Francisco Chronicle).