Gary Trudeau. First Edition. Very Good / Very Good. Item #4777
New York: Sheed & Ward, 1973. First Edition. Signed by von Hoffman on flyleaf to fellow author and former Nixon speechwriter William Safire with inscription: "To my good friend Bill Safire - with much admiration and respect for you as a person and a journalist. Best, Nick von Hoffman." Octavo; 110pp. Illustrated dustjacket with original $4.95 price; book in black cloth with gilt lettering to spine. Jacket shelfworn with a few small tears at corners and spine ends, some creasing to back, and some general smudging and toning. Boards are square, with gilt lettering dulled on spine. Front jacket flap toned from laid-in newsprint. Binding is sound and pages unmarked. 1976 Washington Post clipping of an article by Hoffman on the Nixon Years laid in at front.
Von Hoffman worked as a community organizer for Saul Alinsky, a writer for The Washington Post and the New York Observer, and a 60 minutes commentator until he was fired for referring to Nixon as "the dead mouse on the kitchen floor of America. The Fireside Watergate was the first of two collaborations with Gary Trudeau, whose Doonesbury comic would win a Pulitzer two years later. This volume includes Trudeau's "Guilty, Guilty, Guilty" strip The Washington Post refused to run that year. Published in the middle of the unfolding Watergate scandal, and during Safire's final year working for Nixon.