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Profiles in Courage

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Profiles in Courage

by John F. Kennedy

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Inaugural Presentation Edition. Brand new, never opened. Presented in original presentation case. Small octavo, 266 pages. Blue leather cover, gilt title on spine and front cover, all edges gilt. Special inaugural edition, inscribed with the following: "This Copy Presented To: [blank] In Recognition of his friendship and generous support to the democratic cause - John Kennedy - The White House, Washington, D.C." Secretarial inscription. This book won the Pulitzer Prize in 1955. Short biographies of eight US senators, describing their contributions to bipartisanship and history in general. Forward by Allan Nevins added for this edition.

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Profiles in Courage was written by John F. Kennedy when the iconic U.S. President was still a senator. The Pulitzer Prize-winning volume of short biographies tells of eight United States Senators who shown great courage under enormous pressure from their parties and their constituents. Among Kennedy’s featured senators were: John Quincy Adams, Daniel Webster, Thomas Hart Benton, Sam Houston, Edmund G. Ross, Lucius Lamar, George Norris, and Robert A. Taft. While these Senators suffered severe criticism and losses in popularity because of their actions, their stories are used to illustrate the principles and virtues that Kennedy believed were required of Americans in a century of progress.   Profiles in Courage hit the bestsellers list three times: when JFK was an up-and-coming Senator in the late 1950s; after he was elected President in 1960-61; and following his assassination in 1963-64. The book led to the creation of the “Profiles in Courage” award,  an annual award made to recognize displays of moral and political courage similar to those that Kennedy profiled.

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Sunshine Canyon Booksellers US (US)
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Title
Profiles in Courage
Author
John F. Kennedy
Format/binding
Blue leather cover, gilt title
Book condition
New New
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New
Quantity available
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Edition
Inaugural edition
Publisher
Harper and Brothers
Place of Publication
New York
Date published
1961

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