1973 1st edition; SIGNED by author to previous owner; Liveright publishers, New York; hardbound in navy blue boards with silver lettering along spine; very good condition with unmarked pages, appears unread; dust jacket quite good.
Ernest Henry Gruening (/ˈɡriːnɪŋ/ GREEN-ing; February 6, 1887 – June 26, 1974) was an American journalist and politician. A member of the Democratic Party, Gruening was the Governor of the Alaska Territory from 1939 until 1953, and a United States Senator from Alaska from 1959 until 1969.
Born in New York City, Gruening pursued a career in journalism after graduating from Harvard Medical School. After working for various newspapers in New York and Boston, he served in various roles during the administration of President Franklin D. Roosevelt. He was appointed as Governor of Alaska in 1939 and became a prominent advocate of Alaska statehood.
Gruening became one of Alaska's inaugural pair of Senators after Alaska gained statehood in 1959. Gruening was a prominent opponent of the Vietnam War, and was one of just two Senators to vote against the Gulf of Tonkin Resolution. In 1968, Mike Gravel defeated Gruening in the Senate Democratic primary, and Gruening's attempt to win re-election as an independent was unsuccessful.