First Edition. Good / No Dust Jacket. Item #5378
New York: Macmillan Company, 1951. First Edition. Signed by author on half title to talk radio pioneers and television hosts Tex McCrary and Jinx Falkenburg with inscription, "For Tex McCrary / and / Jinx Falkenburg / most sincerely / Stefan Lorant / Sept 7, 1951." Book is from the estate of author and Presidential Speechwriter William Safire.
Quarto; 773 pages. Blue cloth-covered boards with gilt lettering and white stamped eagle illustration. Lacks dust jacket. Fraying at spine ends, chipped at corners, and scuffed along rear board. Pages 259-262 a bit loose with a large tear to pp 261-2 which has been repaired with clear tape. Shaky in binding but holding.
McCrary and Falkenburg's show, "Hi, Jinx," and the ensuing "Tex and Jinx" television programs helped establish and popularize the talk show format. William Safire counted both as early mentors, having worked for them as a researcher at the New York Herald Tribune, and it was under their watch that Safire took his famous photo of Nixon and Krushchev's "kitchen debate," with Jinx--one of the few, if only, female reporters there--in the shot's background and on a staged "typical American house" built by one of McCrary's clients.
Lorant was a Hungarian-American author, photojournalist, and filmmaker, perhaps best known for his biography of Abraham Lincoln. During research for the book, he discovered a photograph of Lincoln's funeral procession passing by the house of C.V.S. Roosevelt and correctly identified a young Teddy Roosevelt and his brother Elliott watching from an upper window.