Signed first edition of Years of Upheaval, inscribed by Henry Kissinger to Bill Safire.
Thick octavo, xvi, 1283pp. Maroon cloth, title in gilt on spine, replica signature on front panel in gilt. Stated “first edition” on copyright page. In publisher’s dust jacket, fine condition, with $24.95 price on front flap. Inscribed by Secretary Kissinger on half-title: “To Bill Safire, My sometimes uninvited and permanent gadfly. From his friend, Henry A. Kissinger.”
Comments: In an odd twist, while Safire was serving the Nixon administration, Henry Kissinger had his telephone lines tapped looking for political dirt. A few years later, after multiple scathing articles about the administration, Safire and Kissinger consider themselves good friends, with Kissinger hosting a book release party for Safire in New York.
William Safire was a Pulitzer Prize-winning conservative columnist for the New York Times. He was a frequent guest on Meet The Press, describing himself as the voice of “libertarian conservatives.” Before joining the New York Times, Safire served as a presidential speechwriter for President Richard Nixon and Vice President Spiro Agnew.