"SUPERB HISTORY" (DAN RATHER): FIRST EDITION OF KINGS OF THE HILL, SIGNED BY VICE PRESIDENT DICK CHENEY AND LYNNE CHENEY
CHENEY, Richard B. and CHENEY, Lynne V. Kings of the Hill. Power and Personality in the House of Representatives. New York: Continuum, (1983). Octavo, original blue paper boards, original dust jacket. $400.
First edition of the Cheneys' fascinating history of leaders in the House of Representatives, boldly signed on the half title by both Dick Cheney and Lynne Cheney.
Former Vice President Dick Cheney began his political career in the Nixon and Ford administrations before becoming a Wyoming congressman and President George H.W. Bush's Secretary of Defense. As Vice President for President George W. Bush, "Cheney became one of, if not the most, powerful vice presidents in U.S. history" (Encyclopedia of the American Presidency, 84-5). While in the House, Cheney and his wife, Lynne, a historian who also was chairman of the national Endowment for the Humanities, "set about writing what amounts to a textbook of political management… Kings of the Hill dissects the routes to power used by top House leaders such as Henry Clay, James Blaine and Sam Rayburn… Referring to Woodrow Wilson's characterization of the House as a 'vast picture thronged with figures,' they wrote, 'One must also keep in mind the power of strong individuals to reshape the forms they find… Cheney, never one for introspection, declines to say which leader's path to power most inspired him" (Washington Post). Dan Rather early praised Kings of the Hill, calling it: "Superb history, Lively writing. An excellent history book that doesn't read like one." Journalist David Broder wrote: "Unlike most Washington insiders' books, Kings of the Hill may be read with pleasure—and for enlightenment." First edition, first issue: with no statement of edition or printings on the copyright page.
A fine copy in bright price-clipped dust jacket.