Call to Greatness - Adlai E. StevensonRupert Hart-Davis, 1954, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good — in Good Dust Wrapper. Unlaminated dust wrapper a little edgeworn and faded. Price Clipped. Edges of the text block lightly spotted. Text complete, clean and tight.
From the cover: “Magnanimity in politics, said Burke, is not seldom the truest wisdom. The most magnanimous man in American politics to-day — the most farseeing, high-minded and intelligent — is Adlai Stevenson. In this brief book he shows once again that he is not only a leader for his nation but a leader for thoughtful men everywhere.
Last year he travelled all round the permitted world. He talked at length with the statesmen in every country he was allowed to enter. He now gives us his calm reflections on that experience.
Again and again he emphasizes that impatience is the enemy of peace: ‘The infinity of problems we now face cannot, all be solved quickly. This is not a hundred yard dash; it is an endurance contest. And some of our problems probably cannot be solved at all’.
Mr. Stevenson admits that ‘fortitude, sobriety and patience, as a prescription for combating intolerable evil is cold porridge to Americans’ — as it is to all men. Yet he faces us steadily with the fact that only fortitude, sobriety and patience will suffice. He tells us that we must ‘school ourselves in cold-eyed humility’, and admit that our wisdom is imperfect and our power limited.
This is a deeply wise book, the ruminations of a scholar-statesman, who knows men in all their variety and stubbornness and who cannot be hurried or frightened into rash words or deeds.”