FIRST EDITION OF TRUMAN SPEAKS, INSCRIBED IN THE YEAR OF PUBLICATION BY PRESIDENT TRUMAN
TRUMAN, Harry S. Truman Speaks. New York: Columbia, 1960. Octavo, original blue cloth, original dust jacket. $2800.
First edition of a collection of lectures given by Truman at Columbia University from April 27-29, 1959, inscribed on the half title by President Truman: "to Lee Schooler with best wishes. 7/5/60. Harry Truman."
Truman Speaks won high praise on publication for its insights into the legacy of this "man who belongs in the company of our great Presidents… The former President was invited to speak to the students at Columbia University in the spring of 1959. The book is a transcript of what he had to tell them about the Presidency, the Constitution and demagoguery… more poignant and human… than Truman's official memoirs" (New York Times). In addition to the talks given by Truman from April 27-29, Truman Speaks also contains an introduction by him, a foreword by Grayson Kirk, panel discussions and question-and-answer sessions. Illustrated with frontispiece and three full-page photogravures. Recipient Lee Schooner was the founder and chairman of the Public Relations Board group of companies and the president of the Chicago Crime Commission.
Book fine, dust jacket with one small chip, a bit of soiling, and mild toning to spine. A near-fine inscribed copy.