Isadore was seen on the local TV news that night trying to move the NBC microphone far enough from his face to wave the police off the premises; he said they were "hurting his business." He remembered the tensions endured fifteen years earlier by Ben's close friend and partner Samuel Masover, who with four other Philadelphia booksellers was raided by the Vice Squad for carrying works by writers such as Erskine Caldwell, William Faulkner, James T. Farrell, Harold Robbins, and Jack Woodford. The booksellers were eventually cleared, thanks to a brilliant and influential opinion written by Judge Curtis Bok. My father now recognized that the book business had become no safer because of Judge Bok's sharp criticism of the connection between sexually explicit books and anti-social conduct, and that the de-censoring of Lady Chatterley's Lover may somehow have made those who carried such books more vulnerable.

The Assistant District Attorney stated that "the books sold at Bookazine would arouse any man, unless he were made of stone." Bookazine was Philadelphia's biggest outlet for the sex pulp novels of Jack Woodford, distributed by Citadel Press in New York. The case never came to court, the New York distributors agreeing not to circulate the Woodford line in Philadelphia in the near future. By then, the District Attorney had weathered the political attacks made on him by his Republican adversaries, which had--shortly before the raid--made headlines. Plenty of copies were available in any event, and could always be safely purchased at the local department stores. Eventually, the anonymous phone calls, warning that the décor of an establishment owned by "dirty Jews" might be improved by detonation of a firebomb, ceased.

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