First edition of Special People by Julie Nixon Eisenhower, signed by the author.
Octavo, 217pp. Yellow boards, blue cloth spine, title in gilt on spine. First edition, first printing, with full number line on copyright page. Lean to text block. In publisher’s first edition dust jacket, $8.95 on front flap, near fine condition. Inscribed to Bonnie Swearingen from Julie Nixon Eisenhower. Includes a letter from President Nixon praising the book, addressed and signed by him in 1977.
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.