Octavo, 373pp. Black hardcover, title in gilt on spine. Stated “first edition” on copyright page. In publishers dust jacket, fine, retail price on front flap. Inscribed by author and historian Theodore White: “For Bill Safire – scholar and historian, lexicographer and rhetorician – who has helped and helped and helped me again – Tedy White, Theodore White.” An interesting association copy between two ideological opposites, both influential in their own right.
Comments: William Safire was a Pulitzer Prize winning conservative columnist for the New York Times. He was a frequent guest on Meet The Press, describing himself as the voice of “libertarian conservatives.” Before joining the New York Times, Safire served as a presidential speechwriter for President Richard Nixon and Vice President Spiro Agnew.