A Day in the Life of President Johnson.New York: Random House, 1967 Stock Code: 146300
First edition, first printing, presentation copy from the author to President Johnson's Secretary of Defense Robert S. McNamara, inscribed on the initial blank "To Robert McNamara, This is the way I see the President, closeup. Sincerely, Jim Bishop. May 1967".
Appointed Secretary of Defense in 1961 by President Kennedy, and retained by President Johnson, McNamara played a major role in the Cold War. McNamara did not have the same close relationship with Johnson that he had with Kennedy, and had deep misgivings about Johnson's reversal of his and Kennedy's planned withdrawal from Vietnam. Nonetheless, McNamara faithfully executed Johnson's orders and foreign policy, and Johnson awarded him the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1968.
Jim Bishop's book, based on eleven days of close observation by the journalist of the President, presents a typical day in his life and work. Bishop relates Johnson addressing the defence staff under McNamara: "Do anything and everything you can to help your country and Secretary Robert McNamara", and telling them their work was tough but necessary, "Bob McNamara would be the happiest man in the world to be able to cut his spending by ten billions of dollars. Not so much to cut taxes but to be able to take that money and put it to work helping, let us say, poor children" (pp. 76-7).
McNamara's library was dispersed in 2019, following his death in 2009.
Octavo. Original blue cloth, spine lettered in gilt and red.
Spine lightly sunned, minor bumping and rubbing, contents without marking; a very good copy.
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