First Edition. Hardcover. Very Good / Very Good. Item #5793
New York: The Vanguard Press, Inc., 1950. First edition, no additional printings indicated. Inscribed on front free endpaper by the author William V. Shannon to journalist and White House speechwriter William Safire: "Washington DC / May 20, 1976 / For Bill Safire --- / A promising beginner in the quiet art of political mayhem, this early example of the genre for him to ponder and profit from. -- / Bill Shannon." Shannon worked on the editorial desk of the The New York Times and as a correspondent for The New York Post. He also served as ambassador to Ireland under President Carter.
Octavo; 502 pp. Green, white and black pictorial dust jacket with original $3.50 price. Black cloth binding with decoration in blue on cover and lettering in blue, silver and red on spine. Deckled edges. Dust jacket toned on edges and spine, edge worn with some chipping to corners. Book opens readily to title page and spine is rolled, but binding remains sound. Note in pencil on inside margin of contents page. Otherwise, all pages are clean and unmarked.