"Defeat doesn't finish a man, quit does. A man is not finished when he's defeated. He's finished when he quits": First Edition of The Memoirs of Richard Nixon; Inscribed by Him To The IRS Auditor

  • The Memoirs of Richard Nixon.

The Memoirs of Richard Nixon.

Item Number: 4510

New York: Grossett & Dunlop, 1978.

First edition of the memoirs of President Nixon. Thick octavo, original cloth, illustrated. Inscribed by the author on the half-title page, “To Ward Thompson, with appreciation for his service to the nation and best wishes for Christmas, 1978 10-27-78 Richard Nixon.” The recipient Ward Thompson was an IRS auditor assigned to review Richard Nixon’s taxes. Laid in are a carbon copy of Thompson’s work log, showing he spent 325 hours on the audit (done under the code-name Mason); a photocopy of the results of the audit (Nixon owed $67,000); and a photocopy of an internal IRS memo allowing Thompson to ask Nixon for his autograph. Given Nixon’s well-known predilection for using the IRS as a political weapon, there aren’t going to be many better copies of this book. It is also inscribed by Dean Butler, Nixon’s attorney, “Thanks for your patience, guidance, and cooperation in a uniquely difficult matter.” Near fine in a near fine dust jacket. A unique example.

President Richard Nixon's autobiography is an intensely personal examination of his life, public career, and White House years. With startling candor, Nixon reveals his beliefs, doubts, and behind-the-scenes decisions, and sheds new light on his landmark diplomatic initiatives, political campaigns, and historic decision to resign from the presidency. Throughout his career, Richard Nixon made extensive notes about his ideas, conversations, activities, and meetings. During his presidency, from November 1971 until April 1973, and again in June and July 1974, he kept an almost daily diary of reflections, analyses, and perceptions. These notes and diary dictations, which are quoted throughout this book, provide a unique insight into the complexities of the modern presidency and the great issues of American policy and politics.