U.S. Department of State, 1954. An archival copy from the University of Chicago Library that previously belonged to Dr. Hans J. Morgenthau (who signed the title page), a central figure in post-war international political theory. A nameplate inside the front cover states that this was Dr. Morgenthau's gift to the University of Chicago, where he taught until 1973. Dr. Morgenthau was one of the leading figures in post-war international politics, best known for his seminal 1948 book Politics Among Nations. Dr. Morgenthau is considered one of the founding fathers of the political realism school of thought, and was a highly influential thinker and writer from his beginnings in Germany in 1929 until his death in New York in 1980. Dr. Morgenthau was also a vocal critic of the Vietnam War. Dr. Morgenthau's works and ideas are still studied and interpreted by scholars today, especially as they related to the George W. Bush administration's justification for the 2003 Iraq War.
Very few hardcover copies of this hefty 678-page handbook exist, as opposed to the more common paperbacks. Issued to top American diplomats in the 1950s by the U.S. State Department, this is a mimeographed collection of quotes and speeches by Soviet leaders in Russian and English. Between the bookplate and unusual binding, we can infer that this was the special copy issued to Dr. Morgenthau by the American government. Very good. Item #81