New York: G. P. Putnam's Sons, 1962. First edition. A Fine copy of the book in a solid Near Fine dust jacket with only slight wear at the spine ends and extremities, and a touch of rubbing at the front flap fold.
An alternative history that remains chilling and relevant today, The Man in the High Castle imagines a world wherein the Axis Powers defeated the Allies in World War II. Unfolding fifteen years after the war's end, the novel reveals that no peace can exist when the victors of a conflict remain power-hungry and precarious. By 1962, governing their respective portions of the partitioned United States, Imperial Japan and Nazi Germany clash over the futures they imagine for the human race. While the Reich continues its pursuit of "racial purity" through the exterminations of ethnic minorities, disabled and queer peoples, Imperial Japan enacts policies of "judicial racism" focused mainly on the oppression of Black, Chinese, and Anglo Americans as a subservient working class. Inspired by the transmission of the banned novel The Grasshopper Lies Heavy -- a novel within the novel which imagines the result of an Allied victory -- politicians, rebels, and revolutionaries move beyond intrigue and into direct conflict. The implications of Dick's novel remain relevant today, and its adaptation into the streaming series The Man in the High Castle has kept Dick's thought experiment in public view. Fine in Near Fine dust jacket. (Item #4740)