RICHARD NIXON Typed letter, signed "RN" and dated by Nixon in 1983, to former CIA official William Hyland regarding a book on the United States' relations with the Soviet Union. Nixon, whose accomplishments as

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Typed letter, signed "RN" and dated by Nixon in 1983, to former CIA official William Hyland regarding a book on the United States' relations with the Soviet Union. Nixon, whose accomplishments as president included improving relations with the Soviet Union and China, published this unnamed book himself in 1983 and distributed copies only to select government officials and pundits.
Typed letter signed "Sincerely/RN" in blue ink, with greeting "Dear Bill" in Nixon's hand in blue ink. 1 page, 7¼x10¼, on Nixon's personalized stationery addressed 577 Chestnut Ridge Road, Woodcliff Lake, New Jersey. Aug. 26, 1983. Addressed to "The Honorable William Hyland". In full: "In the light of our recent discussions on foreign policy, I thought you might like to have a copy of the page proofs of a book on Soviet-American relations which I have just completed. I am publishing and distributing the book privately. I am planning to send copies of the hardcover edition, which will be available on September 10th, to a selected number of government officials and opinion leaders in the United States and abroad who have expressed a serious interest in East/West issues. I trust it may contribute to a better under-standing of where we have been, where we are, and where we should go in our relations with the Soviet Union, China, Japan, Europe, and the Third World.". Accompanied by: Unsigned, unaddressed envelope imprinted "Richard Nixon, 26 Federal Plaza, New York, New York, 10278" on flap. William Hyland is a former CIA and National Security Council official, as well as a former editor of Foreign Affairs magazine. His books include The Cold War is Over, on the Cold War and the Soviet Union in particular. Nixon (1913-1994) was elected 37th President (1969-1974) of the U.S. in 1968 after representing California in the U.S. House of Representatives (1947-1951) and U.S. Senate (1951-1953) and serving two terms as Dwight D. Eisenhower's Vice President. Nixon lost (1960), then won (1968), extremely close Presidential elections (facing John F. Kennedy and Hubert Humphrey, respectively), then won re-election by a landslide against George McGovern in 1972. His re-election triumph rapidly turned sour, however, as the burgeoning Watergate scandal claimed more and more of his key aides and finally compelled his own resignation. A pragmatic conservative who gained an early reputation as an anti-Communist, Nixon would achieve diplomatic triumphs in relations with China and the Soviet Union. On January 23, 1973, he made the historic announcement that a cease-fire on January 27 would end American involvement in the long and devastating Vietnam War. At home, Nixon initiated plans to improve the environment and added four conservative justices, including Chief Justice Warren E. Burger, to the U.S. Supreme Court. The first President to employ the 25th Amendment, he chose Gerald R. Ford to replace the resigning Spiro T. Agnew as his Vice President. On August 9, 1974, eight months after Ford was sworn in (December 6, 1973), Nixon resigned his office due to the Watergate scandal. He was pardoned by his successor on September 8. Nixon's prolific writings in his retirement years helped repair his reputation and hastened his re-emergence as an elder statesman. Letter is creased. Folded twice horizontally and unfolded. Envelope has black marks on front and verso. Otherwise in fine condition.

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