Very Good. Item #5043
Washington, D.C.: Government Printing Office, 1977-1978. Six parts bound in two volumes. I. 155pp, 97pp, 422pp, 280pp +31 fold-out pages at back; II. 1402pp, 149pp. Blue buckram with gilt lettering to spine. Covers are sturdy and solid with very light shelfwear. Binding is sound and pages unmarked.
Thomas Bertram Lance worked with Jimmy Carter from his time as Governor of Georgia and through his presidential campaign, eventually becoming Director of the Office of Management and the Budget, but was forced to resign when questions of corruption emerged concerning Lance's time as Chairman of Calhoun First National Bank of Georgia. Safire's reporting on the scandal, particularly his article "Carter's Broken Lance" won him the Pulitzer Prize for Commentary in 1978. Lance is credited with having popularized the phrase "If it ain't broke, don't fix it," which Safire wrote "has become a source of inspiration to anti-activists."
These two volumes contain the Senate hearings regarding the Lance affair, with the fold-outs at the back of Vol. 1 consisting of copies of Safire's articles covering the scandal, as well as a single fold-out copy of a written letter from Lance to Safire which reads: "Dear William: The Bible says 'Love those who despise you.' May you and yours have a Merry Christmas & a Happy New Year. -Bert Lance"