Profiles in Courage

Profiles in Courage

Book - 2003
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The Pulitzer Prize winning classic by President John F. Kennedy, with an introduction by Caroline Kennedy and a foreword by Robert F. Kennedy.

Written in 1955 by the then junior senator from the state of Massachusetts, John F. Kennedy's Profiles in Courage serves as a clarion call to every American.

In this book Kennedy chose eight of his historical colleagues to profile for their acts of astounding integrity in the face of overwhelming opposition. These heroes, coming from different junctures in our nation's history, include John Quincy Adams, Daniel Webster, Thomas Hart Benton, and Robert A. Taft.

Now, a half-century later, the book remains a moving, powerful, and relevant testament to the indomitable national spirit and an unparalleled celebration of that most noble of human virtues. It resounds with timeless lessons on the most cherished of virtues and is a powerful reminder of the strength of the human spirit. Profiles in Courage is as Robert Kennedy states in the foreword: "not just stories of the past but a book of hope and confidence for the future. What happens to the country, to the world, depends on what we do with what others have left us."

Along with vintage photographs and an extensive author biography, this book features Kennedy's correspondence about the writing project, contemporary reviews, a letter from Ernest Hemingway, and two rousing speeches from recipients of the Profile in Courage Award. Introduction by John F. Kennedy's daughter Caroline Kennedy, forward by John F. Kennedy's brother Robert F. Kennedy.

Publisher: New York : HarperCollins Publishers, 2003
ISBN: 9780060530624
Branch Call Number: 973.099 Ken
Characteristics: xxii, 245 p


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I would say that sonny bono had a profile of courage in trying to pass legislation about the salton sea. co-written by jfk's speech-writer, Theodore Sorenson (uncredited). ironic, considering what and where , what happened, reading about Sam Houston.

Nov 01, 2015

worth reading. the comparison of these senators to the present day senators is enough to cause despair though. the author captures americans at their best

martinmatsil Jun 20, 2014

This book tells of thegreat courage that all people are capable of,if give a chance,and how the human spirit can rise above tragedy,and accomplish more then they thought.Mr.Kennedy gave terrific insite,to the greatness,inside all of us.Through the power of God,and his we can do anything.Anything good comes from God.And his last great accomplishment was the Presidents council on physical fitness.Thank you President Kennedy,Rest in peace,and God bless you.

Jun 14, 2013

I wanted to go back and see if I still enjoyed this book. It was wonderful AGAIN.

Jun 27, 2012

Haven't beable to get into this book. Tried a few times. One of these days I will bite the bullet and read it from start to finish.

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