There's No Front Like Home (1944)


"It Isn't All The Civilian Sacrifices That Are Ruining My Morale;
It's All This Sunny Gladness About Them"

Yoder, Robert M. There's No Front Like Home. Cambridge, Massachusetts: Houghton Mifflin / Riverside Press, 1944.

Octavo. Hardcover. 1st Edition.

First edition of this curmudgeonly collection of essays about wartime America, taking on everything from the Victory Garden to "advances" in apparel. Compiled from Yoder's beloved humor columns in the Chicago Daily News, There's No Front Like Home focuses on the petty irritations and absurdities of the war effort--particularly the propaganda around it. His targets include wartime etiquette, questionable innovations in clothing, the futility of the Victory Garden, and taxes. While Yoder is an unapologetic misogynist, the good in his writing far outweighs the bad. There's No Front Like Home is a fantastic snapshot of American life during war, including some of the more obscure aspects that have faded from the public's historical knowledge of the era. Owner gift inscription on title page, reading: "I don't know whether this is good for a laugh or not. Sue." Book about-fine, dust jacket with slight soiling and only light wear to extremities. Near-fine condition.