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New York: Pocket Books, 1964. Giant Cardinal Edition. First Printing. 191, wraps, illus., bibliography, index, some wear to covers, pages somewhat discolored. Introduction by Adlai Stevenson. Includes his principal public expressions from 1953 when he became leader of the Democrat minority in the Senate and his first State of the Union message in January 1964.
New York: Wilfred Funk, Inc., 1961. Reprint Edition. Presumed first printing thus. Hardcover. xxviii, , 252 pages. Appendix. Bibliography, DJ soiled, DJ edges worn and small tears/chips. The original edition was published in 1940; this edition contains a new foreword by Henry R. Luce. John F. Kennedy originally wrote this book as his senior thesis at Harvard. He explores the short-term weaknesses of a democratic and capitalistic system, facing a totalitarian power, under the requirements of modern warfare. This copy bears the bookplate of Richard Harwood, believed to be the Richard Harwood who was a reporter, editor and ombudsman at The Washington Post who played important roles in the newspaper for more than 30 years. Mr. Harwood was a gruff, plain-spoken, broad-shouldered former Marine, a veteran of Iwo Jima. Mr. Harwood began his newspaper career in Nashville and established his journalistic reputation on the Louisville Times. When just in his thirties, he was a formidable figure in Kentucky political circles, known as "Black Death Harwood." Colleagues said the nickname grew out of a combination of fear and respect among the politicians he covered. The Times and its sister paper, the morning Courier-Journal, sent him to Washington in 1962 as a correspondent. Mr. Harwood joined The Post in 1966 as a reporter on the national staff. After two years as a highly successful writer, he was named the paper's national editor, and spent the rest of his career as one of The Post's top editors, and as the paper's internal critic, or ombudsman.