Signed first edition of Counsel To The President by Clark Clifford and Richard Holbrooke, inscribed to Attorney General Nick Katzenbach. Octavo, xix, 709pp. Red hardcover, black cloth spine, title in gilt over cloth. Stated first edition on copyright page. Publishers dust jacket, near fine, light shelf wear. Book is inscribed by former U.N. Ambassador Richard Holbrooke to Nick Katzenbach, former United States Attorney General under Lyndon B. Johnson. The inscription reads: “To Nick Katzenbach, The best boss I ever had. You taught me more than you can ever realize about the purpose of public service and you may find a few of those lessons have crept into this work – I hope you approve – with respect and admiration, and gratitude for your many years of encouragement and support and, above all, friendship. Dick. May 28, 1991.” Additional letter with the book on Lehman Brothers letterhead: “Dear Nick – Finally – the end result of these years of work – I hope you like it – with best wishes. Dick.”
Comments: Richard Holbrooke served as Special Assistant to Under Secretary of State Nicholas Katzenbach (Number 2 position to the Secretary of State), hence the inscription to “the best boss.” The recipient of this book, Nicholas Katzenbach, served as United States Attorney General for Lyndon B. Johnson. While serving as Deputy U.S. Attorney General, he notoriously confronted Alabama Governor George Wallace at the University of Alabama, demanding the school be integrated. Richard Holbrooke was the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations during the Clinton Administration. He also served as US Ambassador to Germany and Assistant Secretary of State. After retiring, he was a Foreign Policy advisor to Senator John Kerry and Senator Hillary Clinton. His final position in government was to serve as Special Advisor to Pakistan and Afghanistan under President Obama. Many believe that he was first in line to serve as Secretary of State, if John Kerry or Hillary Clinton had won the Presidency in 2004 or 2008. Holbrooke passed away in 2010.