"the greatest of the great Secretaries of the Treasury of the United States from his very good friend and one who knows": First Edition of Truman Speaks; Inscribed by Truman to His Treasury Secretary John Snyder
TRUMAN, Harry S.
Item Number: 70012
New York: Columbia University Press, 1960.
First edition of a collection of lectures given by Truman at Columbia University. Octavo, original cloth, frontispiece of Truman. Inscribed by the author on the half-title to his treasury secretary, “To Honorable John W. Snyder, the greatest of the great Secretaries of the Treasury of the United States from his very good friend and one who knows,” Harry S. Truman 2-26-64.” John W. Snyder was appointed Secretary of the Treasury in 1946 by his close personal friend President Truman, with whom he had served in the Army Reserves. His task as Secretary was to establish a stable postwar economy. The main points of his program were maintaining confidence in the credit of the government, reducing the federal debt, keeping the interest rate low, and encouraging public thrift through investment in U.S. Savings Bonds. A conservative businessman, he had faith that the free economy would work itself out. He reduced the national debt while balancing the budget. He held several public and private positions including National Bank Receiver in the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, Federal Loan Administrator, and Director of War Mobilization and Reconversion. In the last office he played a leading part in the transition of the Nation’s economy from wartime to a peacetime basis. Fine in a near fine dust jacket with very light shelfwear. Jacket photograph by The Bettmann Archive. An excellent association.
"Truman belongs in the company of our great Presidents The former President was invited to speak to the students at Columbia University in the spring of 1959. The book is a transcript of what he had to tell them about the Presidency, the Constitution and demagoguery more poignant and human than Trumans official memoirs" (New York Times).