The Work, Wealth And Happiness Of Mankind - H. G. WellsWilliam Heinemann, 1932, Hardback.
Condition: Good. Gently bruised at the head, tail and corners of the binding, corners slightly frayed and the spine is dulled. Edges of the text block lightly tanned. Hinge starting at the title page otherwise the text is complete, clean and tight but a little age-tanned.
From the preface: “THIS book is intended to be a picture of all mankind to-day, a picture of living mankind active, working, spending, making and destroying. There are, we are told, one thousand nine hundred million human beings more or less. They all breathe, eat and sleep, and they are otherwise engaged in the most various activities. They co-operate with one another, and they are in conflict with one another. They die, but continually more are born to take up and extend the activities the dead have relinquished. We seek here to give all the activities in one crowded picture. And further, as our show goes on, we shall put and seek an answer to certain questions that arise naturally out of this spectacle. What sustains all this world-wide activity? Why do these millions live as they do? What are the various manners of living, and what are the motives that lie beneath these various manners of living? That is what we have to display and attempt to elucidate. The “How” is first to be shown and then the “Why?” has to be answered. Such a general picture of all mankind about its business has not been attempted before. It would have been impossible before the present time, and had it been possible it would have been of doubtful utility. Now it has become possible, and it has been attempted because it is needed. Never before has there been this need and desire to “get the hang” of the world as one whole. Quite suddenly it has come upon us.”