“IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF GREAT LEADERS, WE HEAR THE ROLLING THUNDER OF HISTORY”: LEADERS, INSCRIBED BY PRESIDENT RICHARD NIXON TO PUBLISHER HOWARD KAMINKSY
Leaders: Profiles and Reminisces of Men Who Have Shaped the Modern World.
Item Number: 88014
New York: Warner Books, 1982.
First edition of this work which recollects Nixon’s memories of leaders such as Churchill, de Gaulle and Khrushchev. Octavo, original half cloth, illustrated with 32 photographs. Inscribed by Richard Nixon to his publisher Howard Kaminsky, “To Howard Kaminsky, With Appreciation & best wishes from Richard Nixon 9-20-’82.” Laid in is an invitation from President and Mrs. Nixon to Mr. and Mrs. Kaminsky enclosed in envelope stationary from the Office of Richard Nixon La Casa Pacifica San Clemente, California 92672 on which Nixon has signed his full name in pen. The recipient, Howard Kaminsky was the former president and publisher of Warner Books, Random House and William Morrow/Avon. Kaminsky developed his reputation by publishing best-sellers by Richard Simmons, Norman Mailer, Gore Vidal, and Elmore Leonard. Perhaps his best-known deal was signing Richard Nixon to an estimated 2.5 million dollar contract to write his memoirs only six weeks after his resignation in 1974. Fine in a near fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Gene Light. A nice association.
Richard Nixon knew virtually every major foreign leader since World War II—some at the pinnacle of power, some during their “years in the wilderness” out of power, and still others toward the end of their lives. His was an unparalleled opportunity to gain insight into the nature of the powerful and qualities of leadership. In Leaders, Nixon shares these insights and experiences. He illustrates these leaders in private, assesses their careers, recalls words of wisdom, and brings to bear his own judgments. We meet the co-architects of the New Japan, Douglas MacArthur and Shigeru Yoshida. Encountering the legendary leaders of China—Mao Zedong, Zhou Enlai, and Chiang Kai-shek—we see the men behind the events. We see the intensely private Charles DeGaulle; explore the philosophies of Konraud Adenauer; confront Leonid Brezhnev; and delight in the company of Winston Churchill—not to mention Nixon’s analyses of interactions with dozens of other leaders.