The Spectrum of Strategy (Signed copy)
Signed by E J Kingston-McCloughry for Jackie Kennedy, with a signed letter to Lord Harlech.
First edition, first printing hardback in dustwrapper. 20.5 × 13.5cm, 223pp.
This copy is signed directly to the ffep by E J Kingston McCloughry with the intention of it being given to Jackie Kennedy.. There is also a typed letter signed from the author to Lord Harlech, dated 12 December 1967, which reads, "Dear Lord Harlech, I note from the Press that you are a friend of Mrs J. Kennedy. I am a very great admirer of the late President Kennedy, especially in terms of the Cuban affair. I am writing with regard to a book I wrote and dedicated to the late President [The Spectrum of Strategy]. As the book was going to press at about the time of the terrible tragedy, I received permission for my dedication through the United States Ambassador, London. Should you think it acceptable, I would be pleased if you would foreward [sic] the enclosed copy of my book to Mrs J Kennedy. Signed, E J Kingston McCloughry."
"In the age of total war, strategy is vital to us all. This careful exposition of a complex subject, prepared by an eminent strategist, is aimed at the layman as well as the military expert. He first elucidates the deterrent defence organization of the United States, and goes on to set forth the geographical and military problems posed by the establishment of such a force among the Western European nations. He reconnoitres the fields of tactics and cold war, and investigates the political as well as the purely military questions raised by the direction of wars. In conclusion, he assesses the feasibility if disarmament and the strategic potential of NATO". The author was an Australian fighter pilot and flying ace in the First World War and served in strategy-planning capacity through the Second World War.
The book is in very good condition, the dustwrapper has light wear. It has not been price-clipped and is now within a protective sleeve.