The Challenges We Face has been compiled and edited from the speeches and papers of Vice President Richard M. Nixon by members of the editorial staff of the McGraw-Hill Book Company with the aid and assistance of Mr. Nixon's staff and with the Vice President's full authorization.
The material has been arranged and edited topically into twenty-two sections grouped under five major headings. At the bottom of the first page of each section, the reader will find a complete list of sources for all the material that appears in that section. Nothing in the book predates 1956.
The editing was of a purely mechanical nature. To fit the material into this topical pattern, it was necessary to edit for continuity, to eliminate repetition, and to join materials taken from different sources. Some entire sections -- for instance, all four in Part Five having to do with Mr. Nixon's Russian trip -- are reprinted here in their original form and absolutely without change. However, other sections that rely in part on press conferences and question-and-answer sessions for material have undergone changes in form but not in content. Also, editing was made inevitable by the transferral of the spoken word to the printed page. The basic materials -- ideas, opinions, emphases, and virtually all the words -- are Mr. Nixon's, reproduced in the contexts he intended.
Mr. Nixon is donating all of his royalties from The Challenges We Face to charity.