Signed first edition of Revitalizing A Nation by General Douglas MacArthur.
Octavo, 96pp, [24pp photographs]. Blue hardcover, title printed on spine and cover. First edition, with no additional printings mentioned on copyright page. Introduction from the Nation Association of Manufacturers affixed to the half-title. In publisher’s dust jacket, $2.00 retail price on front flap, light toning to spine, an excellent example with bright colors. Twice signed by General MacArthur, on the front free endpaper and the last blank leaf.
When General MacArthur was relieved from his command in 1951 by President Harry Truman, he returned to the United States as a hero. He addressed a joint session of Congress, where he famously said that “old soldiers never die; they just fade away.” But MacArthur had no intention of fading away. He was quickly mentioned as a candidate for the 1952 Republican presidential nomination, but on his speaking tour of the United States, it became apparent that MacArthur was more interested in settling scores with Truman than presenting a positive vision for the future. This book was an attempt to correct that public image, but by the time of its publication, it was too late. He endorsed Robert Taft for president in 1952.