New York: Rinehart & Company, Inc., (1948). First Edition. First Printing. Black & white photos, data tables. Hardcover. Octavo. xvi, 541 pages. Very Good. Bound in brick red cloth over boards with spine and upper board titled and ruled in black and silver gilt. Shallow bumps and some rubbing to spine ends and fore corner tips. Lower fore corner of upper board bumped. Prior owner name stamped on front pastedown.
The scarce first edition of the account of efforts by the Office of Strategic Services to get control of their recruiting of operatives in the middle of World War II. The OSS was founded in 1942 to coordinate espionage activities behind enemy lines for all branches of the U.S. military. By late 1943 the new agency was busily and somewhat hazardously recruiting personnel without any sort of formal screening process. This risky situation led to the creation of the psychological-psychiatric assessment program detailed herein, and aimed at better predictions of an individual's behavior in a variety of circumstances.