First Edition of All the President's Men; Signed by Carl Bernstein, Bob Woodward, Ben Bradlee, George Bush, Henry Kissinger and Alexander Butterfield
New York: Simon & Schuster, 1974.
First edition of this groundbreaking work in American journalism. Octavo, original blue cloth, illustrated. Signed by Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein on the title page. Additionally signed by President George H.W. Bush, editor Ben Bradlee, Henry Kissinger and Alexander Butterfield. George W. Bush wrote in 41 Portrait of My Father, regarding The Watergate Scandal, “The final straw came on August 5, 1974. The Supreme Court had ruled that the White House must turn over all the tapes to Leon Jaworski, the new Watergate special prosecutor and a friend of Dad’s from Houston. “The tapes revealed that Nixon had spoken to one of his aides about thwarting the FBI’s investigation into the Watergate break-in. That was proof that he knew about the cover-up and that he had lied to the country. The revelation shattered Dad’s trust in Nixon. “Despite his deep disappointment, my father refused to condemn Nixon publicly. “While he might have benefited in the short run, Dad saw little point in ‘piling on,’ as he put it. He voiced his opinion privately in a letter to the President on August 7. “As far as I know, he is the only party Chairman in American history who has ever written such a letter. “‘I now firmly feel that resignation is best for this country, best for this President,’ he wrote. ‘I believe this view is held by most Republican leaders across the country.’ “Writing with his characteristic sympathy, Dad continued, ‘This letter is made much more difficult because of the gratitude I will always have for you. If you do leave office, history will properly record your achievements with a lasting respect.’ The next day, President Nixon announced that he would resign.” Bookplate to the front free endpaper, near fine in a near fine price-clipped dust jacket with light shelfwear. Jacket design by Wendell Minor. An exceptional collection of signatures, most rare and desirable with Bush and Kissinger.
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