Signed first edition of From The Shadows by Robert Gates.
Octavo, 604pp. Hardcover, black cloth spine, title in gilt on spine. First edition, first printing with full number line on copyright page. Publisher’s dust jacket, near fine condition, $30.00 retail price on front flap, light wear from handling at top edge of spine, otherwise fine. Signed by Robert Gates on the title page, dated “5-15-96.”
Comments: Robert M. Gates wrote “From The Shadows” in 1996, shortly after finishing his service as the director of CIA. In the interim he would serve as the president of Texas A&M. In 2006, President George W. Bush would ask him to replace Donald Rumsfeld as the secretary of defense. In 2008, President-elect Barack Obama would ask Secretary Gates to stay on as the secretary of defense, making him the only secretary of defense to serve two presidents of different parties. He retired in 2011 after the successful raid on the compound of Osama Bin Laden.