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Kennedy | Robert F.

The Enemy Within

First Edition | First Printing



A first edition, first printing of The Enemy Within by Senator Robert F. Kennedy, inscribed to fellow Senator Ralph Yarborough. Octavo, xiv, 338pp. Publishers olive green boards, gilt title on spine. First edition stated on copyright page with “A-K” designation below, denoting the first printing. Publishers first edition dust jacket in near fine condition, $3.95 on front flap, light shelf wear but otherwise fine. Inscribed by Robert Kennedy: “To Senator Yarborough / With Best Wishes / Robert Kennedy.” Provenance from Senator Yarborough, who noted below the signature: “Received February 29, ’60 / Ralph W. Yarborough / Washington D.C.” A unique association copy.

Comments: Senator Ralph Yarborough served in the Senate from 1957 until 1971. He was a Democratic Senator from Texas, with strong ties to former President Lyndon B. Johnson. He was with President Kennedy in Texas, during his November 1963 visit. He initially refused to ride with Vice President Johnson in the motorcade, forcing President Kennedy to have a “heated exchange” with Johnson, demanding that he get Yarborough in line. Johnson acquiesced, and Yarborough was in the motorcade behind President Kennedy on that fateful day. Yarborough would go on to call that day in Dallas “the most tragic day of my life.” In the 1964 senatorial election, he ran against future President George H.W. Bush, prevailing in the election and setting Bush on a path that would eventually lead him to the Presidency. He lost his seat in 1970 Lloyd Bentsen, returning to private life.

Additional information

Location Published

New York


Harper and Brothers


First Edition, First Printing

Date Published





Near Fine

Jacket Condition

Near Fine


Kennedy | Robert F.

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