First Edition. Hardcover. Very Good / Very Good. Item #4855
Philadelphia: J.B. Lippincott Company, 1965. Stated First Edition. Signed by the author to fellow columnist, writer, and former Nixon speechwriter William Safire on half title: To Bill Safire, Whose unfailing good humor in the face of freshman-year trials, which might have failed Job, has made him a man I am proud to share a shower with. Russ Baker." Two additional signed letters from Baker to Safire laid in.
Octavo; 213pp. Illustrated dust jacket with original $4.50 price; book in blue paper-covered boards with black buckram spine and yellow lettering. Jacket faintly shelfworn with no chips, tears, or marks. Boards are sturdy and square. Small pencil note on front pastedown, else pages unmarked. Binding is sound.
Baker and Safire both wrote for The New York Times, each winning a Pulitzer Prize for Commentary in consecutive years (Safire in 1978 and Baker in 1979). In one letter Baker thanks Safire for an inscribed copy of his book on the pre-Watergate Nixon years, Before the Fall, and goes on to offer his takes on Charles Colson and "Herr Professor" Henry Kissinger, who he dubs "a shit." The second letter offers a quick note on the word "viable," rooted in an essay by Jack Woodford "a famous hack...[who] published a didactic essay...on how to write a sex novel."