Signed first edition of Blundering Into Disaster by Robert McNamara, inscribed to Lyndon Johnson’s Special Assistant and President of the Motion Picture Association of America, Jack Valenti. Octavo, x, 212p. Black hardcover, black cloth spine, title in gilt on spine. Stated “first edition” on copyright page. In publishers dust jacket, fine condition, with retail price on front flap. Signed by former Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara on the front free end paper: “To Jack / with admiration and affection / Bob / 12/14/86.” A unique association copy between two influential members of the Lyndon Johnson administration.
Comments: Jack Valenti was a Special Advisor to President Lyndon Johnson from 1964-1966. His wife, Mary Margaret Valenti, was a personal secretary of Senator Johnson from 1956-1962. Jack Valenti was in Dallas in November, 1963 and can be seen in the famous photograph of President Johnson being sworn in aboard Air Force One, next to Mrs. Johnson. Jack Valenti would go on to become the President of the Motion Picture Association of America.