Wiretap! 1955 pulp book cover carries timely warning

Dr. Ivan Greenberg sent in this high-res scan of Charles Einstein's novel, Wiretap!: "This 1955 book from Dell publishing was one of the first popular novels to address police wiretapping abuse. The technology of wiretapping recalls a much different era, when wires really mattered."

The design is pure pulp, but its warning of mass surveillance is evergreen: was this post-war America's answer to 1984? I don't know! Full-size image after the jump!