New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1963. Second printing before publication. Cloth hardcover. Octavo. [viii], 434 pages. Near fine in a very good, price-clipped dust jacket. Bound in dark blue cloth over boards with gilt-stamped spine, pink topstain, illustrated endpapers. Jacket has some minor edge wear.
Sterling Hayden was a very successful actor with a multi-film contract when he suddenly walked away from Hollywood. This is his own story of that revolt and his defiance of federal courts to sail with his four children to Tahiti in 1959.
Hayden returned to acting but always disliked the town and its movie business, at one point saying, "I'll go back to Hollywood to pick up a dollar, but that's all. Everything is wrong with that city."
Inscribed and signed by Hayden on preliminary blank leaf: "For __________ / Fraternally / Sterling Hayden / December 1963 / [flourish]"