Eisenhower, Dwight D. Garden City, New York: Doubleday and Company, 1963. Octavo, original green cloth, original slipcase.
This is a signed limited edition printing of The White House Years: Mandate For Change 1953-1956 by Dwight D. Eisenhower. The book is signed by Eisenhower on the page facing the limitation page and is numbered #82 of 1500. This is the first volume of Eisenhower's memoirs and recounts the story of President Eisenhower’s first administration. Eisenhower writes a very personal account of the events, as he saw and lived them, and then pursues the theme of change in the years of 1953 to 1956.
"On January 20, 1953, I stood on a platform at the East Front of the Capitol in Washington to take the oath, administered by Chief Justice Fred M. Vinson, as the thirty-fourth President of the United States—an office I was to hold for eight years. Those were to be momentous years and the problems challenging the new administration were complex and urgent. Two wars, with the United Stated deeply engaged in one, and vitally concerned in the other, were raging in Eastern Asia; Iran seemed to be almost ready to fall into Communist hands; the NATO Alliance had as yet found no positive way to mobilize into its defenses the latent strength of West Germany; Red Austria was still an occupied country, and Soviet intransigence was keeping it so. European economies were not yet recovered from the effects of World War II. Communism was striving to establish its first beachhead in the Americas by gaining control of Guatemala. At home we faced large and continuing deficits, the value of our currency was eroding rapidly, industrial conflict had been prevalent, the economy was limping along under wage and price controls, and taxes were more than burdensome...The American people gave me the priceless privilege of serving them in the Presidency. In this book I shall tell, as best I can, what I did and why.”
A fine copy. Signature is visible and in good condition. Pages healthy, no foxing or tears. Octavo, original green cloth, original slipcase.