"A LESSON LEARNED, A PRINCIPLE PROVED, OR AN OLD TRUTH EMPHASIZED":FIRST EDITION OF EISENHOWER'S PRESIDENTIAL MEMOIR, MANDATE FOR CHANGE, WARMLY INSCRIBED BY HIM
EISENHOWER, Dwight D. The White House Years: Mandate for Change 1953-1956. Garden City: Doubleday, 1963. Thick octavo, original blue cloth, cartographic endpapers, original dust jacket.
First trade edition of Eisenhower's White House memoir, Mandate for Change, inscribed by him on the half title, "For 'Bosh' Boeschenstein with the warm regards of his devoted friend Ike Eisenhower. 1963."
Mandate for Change covers the years of Eisenhower's first presidential term, in which he grappled with such difficulties as the Rosenberg case and trouble in the Suez. Illustrated with black-and-white photographic illustrations. The trade edition was preceded by a signed limited edition of 1500 copies. The recipient of this copy, Harold Boeschenstein, was the first president of Owens-Corning Fiberglass and later chairman of its board. During World War II, he served as vice chairman of the War Production Board. During Eisenhower's administration, he was secretly chosen by Eisenhower himself to be one of six private citizens to run the government if a Russian nuclear attack were to wipe out the central U.S. government, with Boeschenstein in charge of the manufacturing sector, a sure indication of Eisenhower's high regard for him.
Book fine, dust jacket with a few closed tears, creasing along back top edge. A near-fine copy.