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Richard Nixon writes a politically reflective TLS to Jack Dreyfus, founder of the Dreyfus funds
Los Angeles, California: , June 6, 1961. Los Angeles, California, June 6, 1961. 7.25" x 10.25". "Single page TLS, 7.25"" x 10.25"", dated ""June 6, 1961"" on stationary stock, with Richard Nixon's personal letterhead. Signed by Richard Nixon as ""Dick"". Accompanied by the postmarked mailing envelope, 7.5"" x 4"". Expected folds, else near fine condition.This letter, to Jack Dreyfus, was composed after Nixon had just completed his 8 year stint as Vice President, and had recently lost the Presidential election to Kennedy by only 112,827 votes (0.2 percent) in the popular vote. By this time, Nixon and his family had returned to California, where he practiced law and wrote a bestselling book, Six Crises. Interestingly enough, back then, like now, there were charges of voter fraud in such a close election, but back then it was considered an issue in Texas and Illinois, both states won by Kennedy; Nixon refused to consider contesting the election, feeling a lengthy controversy would diminish the United States in the eyes of the world, and the uncertainty would hurt U.S. interests. Perhaps a self sacrificing position to take, but one which also avoided the expense and stressors on the US citizens who need a smooth transition of power. Nixon's letter to Dreyfus briefly referenced his concerns on communist strategy and general political tactics and recommended a book for Drefus to read. In part, he noted: ""Among the many hundreds and perhaps thousands of books and treatises that have been written on Communist strategy and tactics I believe that one of the best and most objective is Robert Strausz-Hupe's ""Protracted Conflict"" (to which he apparently noted he would enclose a copy for him under separate cover). The book Nixon referred to was written shortly after Second World War, Robert Strausz-Hupe, then a professor at the University of Pennsylvania, envisioned not just the postwar struggle between the Soviet Union and the United States (which obviously occurred throughout the following several decades), but also envisioned the geopolitical rise of the Asian powers of China and India (which has been occurring in the more recent decade). In 1945, he noted, the Western powers held significant advantages in all of these elements, except demographics. Western industrial development, technology, and organization had thus far enabled Western powers to more than offset the manpower advantages of Asia. But, warned Strausz-Hupe, â€
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