Eisenhower, Dwight D.
The White House Years: Mandate for Change 1953-1956
"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.”
SIGNED LIMITED FIRST EDITION, one of 1434 signed and numbered copies (out of a total edition of 1500). Signed by Eisenhower page facing limitation page. ADDITIONALLY INSCRIBED on the half-title: “For Bob Roos / with best wishes / from Dwight Eisenhower”.
Garden City, New York: Doubleday and Company, 1963. Octavo, original green cloth, original slipcase. A fine copy, largely unopened.