First edition of Preventive Defense by Ashton B. Carter and William J. Perry, with a personalized inscription by Carter.
Octavo, ix, , 243pp. Black cloth, title in gilt on spine. Full number line printed on copyright page. Solid text block, a fine example. In the publisher’s dust jacket, no price listed, shelf wear, light wear to edges, a near fine example.
Inscribed on the half-title: “To George, Lauren, Elizabeth, and Hilary – In the hope that the rest of the world one day enjoys the peace we have together in Maine — where parts of this book were written. Love, Ash 8-22-99.”
Ashton Carter (1954-2022) served as the United States Secretary of Defense from 2015-2017. During his time as Secretary of Defense, Carter fought for equality by ending the ban on transgender military officers and opening all military occupations to women, including infantry, armor and special operations units. William J. Perry (b. 1927), the co-author of this book, was Secretary of Defense from 1994-1997 and received the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1997.