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Profiles in Courage

by Kennedy, John F

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New York: Harper, 1961 This is the Inaugural Edition, with a new foreword by Allan Nevins, November 1960. The designation on the copyright page is E-L. No. 0100A on the front flap and No. 0100B on the rear inside flap. In his preface of 1955, Kennedy briefly mentions Professor Jules Davids, a History Professor at The Georgetown University School of Foreign Service for his assistance with the book. The buzz around Georgetown in the 1960s was that Prof. Davids really wrote the entire book! Gold endpapers, the DJ is unclipped $3.95. Very minor edgewear to the DJ. Photo of JFK on the back of the DJ. The book is signed in what is certainly a secretarial signature on the first blank page, "With Very Best Wishes, Jack Kennedy." NOT SIGNED by Kennedy himself. Included with the book is a letter from Kennedy to journalist Earl Mazo of The New York Herald, on his Senate Letterhead, with notes corrections, and corresponding letters typewritten from Mazo to the Senator. Of special significance is a Christmas card with the gilt embossed Eagle emblem printed, on the front flap and on the inside "May the blessings of Christman be upon you and yours, Senator and Mrs. John F. Kennedy," signed "Best Wishes, Jack." Also secretarial, not authenticated. Eight pieces of correspondence in all, dated 1958 and 1959.. Secretarial Signature. Later Printing. Hard Cover. Very Good/Very Good. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall.


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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Profiles in Courage
Kennedy, John F
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Later Printing
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8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall

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