Inscribed to former Secretary of State Colin Powell, the first edition of Saltwater Leadership by Rear Admiral Robert O. Wray, Jr.
Octavo, xiv, 204pp. Paperback. Full number line printed on copyright page. Solid text block, a fine example. Inscribed on the half-title “December 2014 / General Powell – Thank you, sir, for the example of public service that you set for all of us, and for your lifetime of leadership and devotion to our country. Very respectfully, Rob Wray.”
Colin Powell (1937-2021) served as the United States Secretary of State during the George W. Bush administration, the first African American to hold the post. He also served as National Security Advisor to President Ronald Reagan (1987-1989) and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff from 1989-1993. Powell was discussed as a possible Republican presidential contender in 1996 and 2000, but he declined to run both times. He passed away in 2021, survived by his wife of nearly 60 years, Alma Powell. From 2004-2007, Rear Admiral Robert O. Wray, Jr. (b. 1957) worked as a Navy Captain to establish security for contractors aiding in reconstruction in Iraq and reported directly to Secretary of State Colin Powell.