A Time To Heal.
First Edition of A Time To Heal; Inscribed by Gerald R. Ford to Reverend Gordon Scruton
A Time To Heal.
FORD, Gerald R.
Item Number: 119904
New York: Harper & Row, Publishers, 1979.
First edition of the 38th president of the United States’ autobiography. Octavo, original cloth, illustrated. Presentation copy, inscribed by Gerald Ford on the half-title page in the year of publication to Reverend Gordon Scruton, “To my good friend, Rev. Scruton, in appreciation of your man kindnesses and great support during my Presidency. I am most grateful for all your help to my Family and to me. Warmest best wishes. Gerald R. Ford 8/3/79.” The recipient, Reverend Gordon Scruton was was ordained a deacon in 1971, a priest in 1972, and served as an assistant rector at St. Mark’s Church in Riverside, Rhode Island and at St. Paul’s Church in Kingston, Rhode Island in the mid-1970s. Scruton was rector of Grace Church in Dalton, Massachusetts from 1977 to 1981. Fine in a near fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Lawrence Ratzkin.
This memoir was the most extensive commentary Gerald Ford ever provided regarding American politics. He granted several interviews over the years, but they were usually short and not very introspective. Ford was perfectly willing to retire from the public eye and concentrate on serving on the boards of directors of various businesses. Unlike most ex-presidents who work hard to achieve elder statesman status to either rehabilitate or firm up their place in history, Ford was satisfied with what he'd done in his years of public service. While he was never called an "amiable dunce" as Clark Clifford once called Ronald Reagan, Ford never developed a reputation as a brilliant strategist nor was he gifted with a knack for policy development. However, in reading his memoirs, one finds a man very comfortable with himself and his decisions.