Hardcover. Very Good / Very Good. Item #4771
New York: Random House, 1990. First Edition, Later Printing. Signed once by Noonan to author and fellow presidential speechwriter William Safire on dedication page: "To my friend Bill Safire, the heavy hitter of Mr. Nixon's Murderer's Row -- With affection, Peggy," and again with birthday greetings on laid-in stationary card with envelope. Octavo; 353pp. Photographic dustjacket with $19.95 price intact; book in purple paper-covered boards with dark blue/purple cloth spine and silver lettering. Jacket rubbed with light creasing along top back, but with no chips, tears, or marks. Boards are sturdy and square. Binding is sound and pages unmarked.
Noonan was the primary speechwriter for and Special Assistant to Ronald Reagan. She won the Pulitzer Prize for Commentary in 2017 and continues to work as an author, columnist, and television commentator. Safire was a speechwriter for Richard Nixon, also won a Pulitzer for Commentary, and worked as an author and political and culture columnist, penning the long-running "On Language" column for The New York Times Magazine. In an interesting parallel, Noonan wrote Reagan's address following the explosion of the Challenger space shuttle, while Safire wrote the contingency speech Nixon was to give were the Apoll 11 mission to end in disaster.