Very Good / Very Good. Item #5573
Englewood Cliffs: Prentice-Hall, 1981. Second Printing by numberline. Signed by the author to fellow former presidential speechwriter and journalist William Safire with inscription "To Bill Safire, For the Record - Bill. Greenwich, CT 12/26/94." Additional signed handwritten letter on Ewald's stationary dated the same laid in.
Octavo; 336pp. Photo-illustrated dust jacket with original $12.95 price; book in brown cloth-covered boards with gilt lettering to spine. Jacket shows a light edgewear, else clean and crisp. Boards are sturdy and square. Binding is sound and pages unmarked.
Like Safire to Nixon, the author was a speechwriter for Dwight D. Eisenhower during his presidency. The additional letter reads ""Dear Bill: Having just read your column in the morning's Times, I *have* to send you this (Chapter VI). With all good wishes for the New Year to you & Helene from Mary and Me. Sincerely, Bill." The chapter mentioned deals with the recording, in one fashion or another, of conversations, beginning with a quote from Nixon -- then Vice President under Eisenhower -- remarking that he would like to "slip a secret recording gadget in the President's office to capture some of those warm, offhand, great-hearted things the Man [Eisenhower] says, play 'em back, then get them press-released." Safire has dog-eared the third page of the chapter, which discusses Eisenhower's use of recordings himself.