Inscribed to former Secretary of State Colin Powell, the first edition of What it Takes: Lessons in the Pursuit of Excellence by Stephen A. Schwarzman.
Octavo, vi, 378pp. Blue hardcover, title in silver on spine. Full number line listed on copyright page. Solid text block, bumped edges, a near fine example. In the publisher’s dust jacket, $30.00 retail price on front flap, shelf wear, bumped corners, a near fine example. Signed on matching bookplate affixed to front free endpaper: “Colin, I hope you enjoy the Book! And thanks for co-sponsoring the book party in DC. Most importantly, thanks for your friendship. Steve.”
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. Powell was an honorary Member of the Advisory Board for the Schwarzman Scholars program. Similar in structure to the Rhodes Scholars program, it was created by Stephen A. Schwarzman to promote studying abroad and strengthening relations with China.