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More fun with communists!

How the communists use religion
Bundy
1966

Okay comrades, this is yet another gem plucked from a small public library.  This poor book had definitely seen better days.  The cover was damaged and the book had a serious “odor”.  Contents not withstanding, I think we can do better in both preservation efforts and in providing current information.  In my cursory examination of this title, this book  suggests that the Soviets had a great deal of control or influence on the Church.  Anyone know the background of this title?

Mary

It’s the communists, run for your life!

You can trust the communists (to do exactly as they say!)
Schwarz
1960

Fellow library comrades: I know I will hear from everyone about how this is an important piece of culture and we should never weed this kind of material.  Heck, I am old enough to appreciate the communist threat.  (I even had to sign a loyalty oath in the early 80’s as part of my job! – Go America!)  This book has a place in an archive or a museum, not in a popular materials collection for a small public library.  I think I am safe in saying that by 1989 this book lacked some punch.  In case you really want to feel old, today’s college students were probably born after the Berlin Wall came down.

Mary

A Philatelist’s Dream

Jewish Chess Masters on Stamps
Berkovich and Divinsky
2000

If your library or your community has a very (VERY) active stamp collecting society, this might be an acceptable choice for your library.  Even then, it is very obscure!  There’s nothing wrong with it and I’m not suggesting weeding it.  It’s just an odd choice for a library unless they buy every possible stamp-related item they can get a hold of.  The really interesting thing is that “Jews on postage stamps” is an actual subject heading, and there are all kinds of books about it on WorldCat.org.  There are also books about “Catholics on postage stamps” and

…wait for it…

“Beavers on postage stamps.”

Holly