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Profiles in Courage. by  John F KENNEDY - First Edition - 1956 - from Peter Harrington (SKU: 117813)

Profiles in Courage.

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Profiles in Courage.

by KENNEDY, John F

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About This Item

New York: Harper & Brothers,, 1956. Presentation copy from the author to his close friend John Knight Octavo. Original black cloth-backed blue boards, titles to spine gilt. With the dust jacket. Housed in a blue quarter sheep solander case. 4 leaves of illustrations on plate paper, printed either side. Spine gently rolled, wear to extremities, bump to head of spine, a very good copy in the bright jacket with creasing to folds and light foxing. First edition, first printing. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, "To Mr. and Mrs. John Knight - with the very highest regards - John Kennedy". John S. Knight (1894-1981), a pioneering journalist and close personal friend of the Kennedys, founded Knight Newspapers, which would later become Knight Ridder, which was for a time the largest newspaper publisher in the United States. Profiles in Courage won Kennedy the 1957 Pulitzer Prize for biography, being an examination "of politicians who had retained their principles despite difficult circumstances" (American National Biography).

Synopsis

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.

Read more: Identifying first editions of Profiles in Courage.

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Bookseller
Peter Harrington GB (GB)
Bookseller Inventory #
117813
Title
Profiles in Courage.
Author
KENNEDY, John F
Book condition
Used
Binding
Hardcover
Publisher
New York: Harper & Brothers,
Date published
1956

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About Peter Harrington

Peter Harrington is currently offering a normal national and international delivery service unaffected by COVID-19. Peter Harrington first started selling rare and antiquarian books from the Chelsea Antiques Market on London's King's Road in 1969, and have since grown to become one of the largest and best known antiquarian bookshops in Europe. Our shop extends over four floors offering up to 20,000 volumes. We also offer a full bookbinding and restoration service, and are members of the ABA and ILAB.

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