First edition of Seize The Moment, signed by President Richard Nixon, with letter to recipient.
Octavo, 322pp. Blue boards, blue cloth spine, gilt lettering on spine. Blue endpapers. First edition, first printing with full number line on copyright page. Occasional notes by the recipient of the book, with some passages underlined. In publisher’s near fine dust jacket, retail price on front flap. Signed on half title by Richard Nixon. Includes a note written on Richard Nixon stationery to the Honorable John Swearingen: “Dear John and Bonnie, I thought you might be interested in seeing some unconventional wisdom on foreign and domestic issues. Best wishes for the New Year, Sincerely, Dick.”
From the estate of John E. Swearingen, the president of Standard Oil of Indiana and one of the most influential oil executives of the 20th century. When he became CEO in 1960, he deemed Indiana Standard Oil to be a “second-rate company.” Through aggressive research and oil exploration, Indiana Standard quickly became one of the most profitable companies in the United States. Swearingen was vocal about his dislike for federal regulators, often supporting Republicans who shared his views on limited government. In retirement, he was a close friend of presidents Gerald R. Ford and Richard Nixon. Swearingen died in 2007, survived by his wife, Bonnie Swearingen, who passed away in 2020.