ALAN CRANSTON - TYPED LETTER SIGNED 05/09/1983 - HFSID 83618
Sale Price $126.00
He answers a collector with his favorite quote--a few inspirational lines on leadership from ancient philosopher Lao Tzu
Typed Letter signed: "Alan" as Senate Majority Whip, 1p, 6x8. On personal Senate letterhead. Washington, D.C., 1983 May 9. To Mr. Paul J. Friscat. In full: "Many thanks for your note. I'm happy to provide you with my favorite quote: A leader is best when people barely know he exists. Less good when they obey and acclaim him. Worse when they fear and despise him. Fail to honor people, and they fail to honor you. But of a good leader, when his work is done, his aim fulfilled, they will all say: 'We did this ourselves'.--Lao-tzu. Cordially". Alan Cranston (1914-2000) served as Democratic Senator from California from 1969-1993.From 1977-1991, he was the Democratic Whip. From 1936-1938, he was a foreign correspondent for International News Service (now UPI). He attributed much of the American public's misperceptions of Nazism to a version of Hitler's Mein Kampf. Having read the original German version, Cranston drafted a word-for-word translation of the book, which was published. His version at a cover price of 10-cents, sold over 500,000 copies (it included Cranston's comments against Nazism). Hitler successfully sued him for copyright infringement and unauthorized revision. Cranston accepted $1 million in contributions from constituent, Charles H. Keating, Jr., the head of the Lincoln Federal Savings and Loan Association. He was one of the "Keating Five" and the only one to receive a formal reprimand by the Select Committee on Ethics in 1991 for "improper conduct". Normal mailing folds. Adhesive tape at corner. Otherwise, fine condition.
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