Well, I bought my copy for $75 a few years back from Motorbooks/Zenith Press
duruing one of their stock-clearing sales. Note that the description on that
web page claims "over 130" photos. Assuming they are reprinting the entire
book, then it is _well_ over 130 photos - something like 500 as I recall.
When this book was originally published by Presidio in the 1980s, the retail
price was $95.00 (I was selling them at the time - I think I sold 2 or 3 at
most as it was considered overpriced at the time). A check at the Stone &
Stone web site shows that the book was published by Taurus in 1978, with the
Presidio edition listed as being published in 1998, probably referring to
the most recent reprint by them. There was no other info about the book,
including nothing about a possible reprint by Presidio.
Incidentally, Presidio was bought by Ballantine Books in 2002 and is now
part of the Random House Publishing Group, a huge publishing conglomerate.
Trust me, they ain't reprinting this book out of some sort of the kindness
of their historically-minded hearts - it's pure corporate greed, as they've
seen how the book is in such demand that people are willing to pay hundreds
of dollars for used copies.
I tried to find info on this possible reprint on the Presidio Press web
site, which is now part of the Random House web site (and it is godawful
slow to use). A search on Sherman brought up no results. A search on
Hunnicutt brought up four of his books, the Armored Car, Halftrack, Bradley
and Sheridan titles, but no Sherman.
Here's the original 2002 press release of the acquisition:
Random House Inc. continues to add to its publishing portfolio through niche
purchases. In a deal announced last week, Random's Ballantine Books division
acquired the military book publisher Presidio Press.
Based in Novato, Calif., Presidio publishes about 25 titles annually in
trade paperback and hardcover and has a backlist of about 150 titles.
Ballantine will retain the Presidio name as an imprint. The company will
stay at its present location, with Presidio president Richard Kane serving
as publishing director, reporting to Ballantine president Gina Centrello.
Kane said acquisition discussions were initiated by Ballantine as a way to
expand its military book list, which had included about 200 titles. "The
demand for titles about military affairs seldom wavers," Centrello
explained, adding, "interest in the subject has greatly increased these past
Presidio was founded in 1974 as a publisher of scholarly military books, but
by the early 1980s it had evolved into a publisher primarily of trade books
with a focus on narrative history titles about World War II and the Vietnam
War. Presidio has done very well with a series of books by Keith Nolan that
began in the early 1980s with The Battle for Hue up through his most recent
book, The Battle for Saigon. Other titles that have done well include With
the Old Breed at Peleliu and Okinawa and Common Sense Training.
The company also publishes a limited number of novels and was the original
publisher of Defcon One by Joe Weber. After publishing several books with
Putnam, Weber has returned to Presidio, which has just released Dancing with
the Dragon in a 25,000-copy first printing.
Can't wait for a reprint that might not materialize? Try Amazon where there
are 10 copies available starting at $370. ABE Books has copies available
through various dealers; last time I checked they had three available
through the U.S. branch of ABE Books starting at $450.
Also telling is the fact that it is being offered as a pre-order, with no
guarantee given that there will be an actual reprint done. I assume they're
testign the waters to see just how big a market there might be for this
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----- Original Message -----
From: "Kees Huyser" <kees.huyser@...>
Sent: Sunday, 03 September 2006 3:51 AM
Subject: [G104] Hunnicutt's Sherman to be reissued!
> Hunnicutt's "Sherman" is being reissued. The book has been out of
> print for over 10 years.
> GreatModels is taking pre-orders for $117 (SRP $130):
> So, if you paid more for your copy sell it now :-)