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TRUMAN, Harry S.

Mr. Citizen.

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Published: New York Bernard Geis Associates, 1960

Stock Code: 119148

OR On display in 43 Dover Street


"Author's" edition, one of 100 copies, presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the half-title, "To Hon. Clark Clifford, from his good friend over many years, with kindest regards, Harry S. Truman, Independence, August 27, 1960", and with Clifford's bookplate to the front pastedown. The first edition of this work was published in 1953; a special edition of 1,000 numbered and signed copies was produced in 1960. This extra-limited "author's" edition was reserved for presentation by Truman to his closest friends and associates.
Clark Clifford (1906-1998) was a hugely influential Democratic advisor, holding the role of Counsel to the President during Truman's time in office. His purview encompassed both domestic and foreign affairs, as well as strategy for the 1948 presidential campaign. Clifford first came to Truman's notice in 1946 when, in his role as Naval Aide to the President, he co-authored the Clifford-Elsey Report. This brought George Kennan's sceptical views of Moscow into the Oval Office, and urged a tough line against Russia. Clifford shaped the central message of Truman's 1948 campaign; attacking the Republican "Do Nothing" Congress, sensing that a more aggressive approach would appeal to voters against Truman's opponent, New York Governor Thomas E. Dewey. In May 1948 Clifford urged Truman to recognise the State of Israel, against the objections of the State Department. Clifford left the White House in 1950 to practice law in Washington, but remained a trusted advisor to subsequent Democratic presidents; when this book was presented in 1960, he held a seat on Kennedy's Committee on the Defense Establishment. In 1968 he was Lyndon B. Johnson's Secretary of Defense.

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Octavo. Original brown leather-backed patterned paper boards, titles to spine and front cover gilt on black ground, marbled endpapers, top edge pink.


Title page in red and black. With 16 plates of black and white photographic reproductions.


Minor browning to board edges, a couple of faint marks to boards; an excellent copy.


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