First edition of All The Best, George Bush, inscribed by President Bush to Gen. Colin Powell, his Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
Octavo, 640pp. Blue cloth spine, cream boards, gilt lettering on spine. First edition, fifth printing, with matching number line on copyright page. Publisher’s fine dust jacket, $30.00 on front flap.
Inscribed on a Bush Library bookplate: “Gen. Colin Powell, with respect, friendship + warm regards. All the best, George Bush.”
“Are you planning to jump from a plane? It’s the talk of the Pentagon…” -Colin Powell to former President George H.W. Bush in 1997, who noted that Powell was “too good a friend and far too polite to call me nuts” (Ch. 16: Looking Forward, p. 599, All The Best, George Bush).
General Powell remained close with the Bush family during his brief retirement in the 1990’s, with former President Bush recommending him as a potential presidential candidate in 1996 and future Secretary of State to his son, President George W. Bush. Provenance: Potomac Auction House, Lot 1275, Estate of Colin Powell.