Very Good / Very Good. Item #5619
New York: Simon and Schuster, 1996. First Edition. Octavo. 384 pages. Book itself is unsigned.
Typed letter signed from Darman to Safire laid in at front. Letter reads, in part, "...Not surprisingly, my preference for the 'sensible center' is / clear. But the book's subtitle is not merely a rhetorical / construct. As we have all come to know, there are / important people who actually seem to prefer polarized / politics - and, in recent years, they have gained an / uncharacteristically strong hold on the American political / system. That, I think, is a serious problem. It has produced / unproductive stalemate, preventing us from addressing / constructively a host of problems that merit action." Darmen ends by saying he hopes the book offers some sort of path forward and hopes Safire finds it "moderately enjoyable."
A signed bookplate is stapled to the letter and Darman tells Safire he "tried to keep the metaphors under contol," and mentions some clearing up of political labels that he included in his bibliographic notes.
Darman served in senior advisory positions under Reagan and George H.W. Bush, and is often blamed for convincing Bush to renege on his "Read My Lips; No New Taxes," pledge. A few chapter headings in the book have "Read My Lips" in the title.
Photographic dust jacket is unclipped and light creased along edges. Navy boards are stamped in silver at spine. Appears to have a minor binding error leaving a flap of cloth loose at bottom of spine, but still secure and sturdy in boards.