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Profiles in Courage by  John F Kennedy - Signed First Edition - 1955 - from Montgomery Rare Books & Manuscripts (SKU: 7)

Profiles in Courage

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Profiles in Courage

by Kennedy, John F

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New York: Harper and Brothers, 1955. First Edition. Light Blue with black spine and gold text on spine. Very good +/near fine. INSCRIBED "For Mathilda Westbrook Sinclair - / With the very best wishes / John F. Kennedy", Quality copy of one of the most important Presidential books of the 20th Century, certainly the only one to have won a Pulitzer Prize. 16mo 6" x 8.5" pp. [vi] xix 1- 266. Book has light fraying along edges including front right corner and slight split at top of spine and puncture hole mid-spine. Binding is very strong...despite being opened often to admire this historic signature. Dust Jacket, perhaps married, has only two small chips on front lower left, slight browning at upper half of spine and light wear at top and bottom of DJ spine. Becoming available less frequently, cornerstone of every authentic Presidential collection. "All us in the Senate meet endless examples of such conflicting pressures, which only reflect the inconsistencies inevitable in our complex economy. If we tell our constituents frankly that we can do nothing, they feel we are unsympathetic or inadequate. If we try and fail - usually meeting a counteraction from other Senators representing other interests - they say we are like all the rest of the politicians. All we can do is retreat into the Cloakroom and weep on the shoulder of a sympathetic colleague - or go home and snarl at our wives." (p 19).

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An essential volume to every Presidential book collection.

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.

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Bookseller
Montgomery Rare Books & Manuscripts US (US)
Bookseller Inventory #
7
Title
Profiles in Courage
Author
Kennedy, John F
Format/binding
Light Blue with black spine and gold text on spine
Book condition
Used - Very good +
Jacket condition
near fine
Quantity available
1
Edition
First Edition
Publisher
Harper and Brothers
Place of Publication
New York
Date published
1955
Keywords
Presidential

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I started as a collector of signed Presidents and Politicians more than 30 years ago. I have expanded that original collection to include signed documents, ephemera, historical, Americana. Montgomery also excels at assisting clients de-acquisition their inherited books or your own collection. We also attend multiple books fairs each year in the Western U. S.

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