An Incredible Association - Inscribed by Adlai Stevenson to Arthur Schlesinger
Adlai E. Stevenson. Friends and Enemies.
What I Learned in Russia. New York: Harper & Brothers
Publishers, . First edition. Presentation copy, inscribed
by Stevenson on the front free endpaper: "For Arthur
Schlesinger-/with affection from/a respectful minor/author-/Adlai E
Stevenson/Libertyville, 1959". Octavo. [xxvi], 102 pages. With
sixteen pages of photos inserted at center. Publisher's full black
cloth, front cover stamped in orange, spine lettered in orange and
white, dust jacket. Some wear to spine, some rubbing to jacket,
with some soiling to rear panel, light rubbing to cloth. Overall, a
near fine copy with an incredible association.
Adlai E. Stevenson (1900-1965) was the Governor of Illinois, the two-time Democratic nominee for president, as well as the U. S. Ambassador to the United Nations under President John F. Kennedy. He met Arthur Schlesinger (1917-2007) when Schlesinger became the primary speech writer for his (Stevenson's) presidential campaigns. When Kennedy was elected, both men went to work for him, Stevenson as mentioned above, and Schlesinger as a Special Assistant to the President, working as a speech writer and unofficial "troubleshooter." Stevenson and Schlesinger were close friends, and both were witnesses to one of the most eventful periods in American history.
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