The Autobiography: It Doesn't Take a Hero, Signed and Inscribed by Norman Schwarzkopf, First Edition, 1992

Schwarzkopf, H. Norman, with Peter Petre. The Autobiography: It Doesn’t Take a Hero. New York: Linda Grey Bantam Books, 1992. Signed by Schwarzkopf. Octavo. In publisher's blue cloth over blue boards and original dust jacket. Presented in a new archival cloth slipcase.

This is a first edition printing of General H. Norman Schwarzkopf’s The Autobiography: It Doesn’t Take a Hero. The book is signed and inscribed by Schwarzkopf in black felt-tipped ink on the free endpage. The inscription reads, “ Thanks For Supporting The Boys + Girls Club!, Norman Schwarzkopf” and is underlined with four stars, denoting his General rank.  The book was published in 1992 by Linda Grey Bantam Books. It includes 32 photos and 16 maps throughout. The book is presented in the publisher’s blue cloth spine over blue boards, with gilt embossed titles to spine, original dust jacket, and a new archival cloth slipcase. 

Norman Schwarzkopf was a four-star general and commander of the U.S. Central Command. A notable figure in recent military history, he is quoted in an interview saying, “It doesn’t take a hero to order men into battle, it takes a hero to be one of those men who goes into battle.” The Army General commanded forces in Grenada and the Persian Gulf War in addition to leading Operation Desert Storm. This autobiography gives the reader his unique perspective on leadership and Schwarzkopf’s personal account of Desert Storm. It Doesn’t Take a Hero was published only a year after his retirement from the Army and quickly became a non-fiction bestseller. Known for his direct and straightforward personality, General Schwarzkopf’s story and thoughts offer a unique perspective of a soldier’s journey through multiple wars. 


Overall very good condition. Octavo. The original blue boards are in good condition, with gilt titled spine. The original dust jacket has minor creases and light stains from past use, but is otherwise in very good condition. New mylar to the dust jacket, for protection. The signature and inscription on the first free end page are legible and bold, in black felt-tipped ink. Interior is clean and bright. New archival black cloth slipcase, decorated with an inlaid photo of General Schwarzkopf on the front.

Slipcase dimensions: 10" H x 6 5/8" W x 2 1/2" D; Book dimensions: 9 1/2" H x 6 1/2" W x 1 3/4" D.

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