- Hardcover: 206 pages
- Publisher: Chronicle Books; First Edition edition (September 1, 1992)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0811802205
- ISBN-13: 978-0811802208
- Product Dimensions: 6.6 x 0.9 x 9.3 inches
- Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,503,967 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Cody's Books Hardcover – September 1, 1992
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Fred and Pat were young leftist intellectuals looking to find a means of financial support during the straight-laced 1950s. Fred held a doctorate in Latin American studies, but didn't want to sign the required "loyalty oath" that would qualify him to teach at a university. Instead, he and his wife started a small bookstore, the founding of which happened to coincide with the birth of the "paperback revolution."
Prior to the 1950s, bookstores were mainly trade-sellers of expensive hardback books. Paperbacks were seen as cheap novelty items and one had a hard time finding the classics or large philosophy texts at a low cost. Paperbacks changed all of this, making books inexpensive and accessible to the masses. With paperback books, you didn't have to be a wealthy professor or graduate student to be able to read the collected works of Shakespeare or Spinoza. Suddenly, the literary world opened up to a new generation of thinkers and activists.Read more ›