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Profiles in Courage by  John F Kennedy - Signed First Edition - 1956 - from B & B Rare Books, Ltd., ABAA (SKU: JFK007)

Profiles in Courage

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Profiles in Courage

by Kennedy, John F

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  • hardcover
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New York: Harper and Brothers, 1956 First edition, first printing, with copyright code M-E. Presentation copy; signed and inscribed by Kennedy to the front endpaper. Publisher's blue and black cloths, lettered in gilt; in the original white and blue dust jacket, lettered in red, white, black and blue, with a photograph of Kennedy by Hank Walker to the rear panel. Near fine, with some light wear and rubbing to the extremities; unclipped dust jacket with some wear and slight loss to the extremities, several small tears and a larger tear to the upper front panel. Profiles in Courage is a collection of short biographical sketches of "decisive moments in the lives of celebrated Americans" and the winner of the 1957 Pulitzer Prize for Biography. In this text, Kennedy, then a Senator of Massachusetts, provides a history of Senators who defied the opinions of their political parties during moments of important historical decision. Specifically, he discusses Quincy Adams' departure from the Federalist Party, Daniel Webster's support of the Compromise of 1850, and Sam Houston's denouncement of the Kansas-Nebraska Act, among others.. Signed by Author. First Edition.. Hard Cover. Very Good/Dust Jacket Included.

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
B & B Rare Books, Ltd., ABAA US (US)
Bookseller Inventory #
JFK007
Title
Profiles in Courage
Author
Kennedy, John F
Format/binding
Hardcover
Book condition
Used - Very Good
Jacket condition
Dust Jacket Included
Edition
First Edition.
Binding
Hardcover
Publisher
New York: Harper and Brothers
Date published
1956
Bookseller catalogs
20th Century Literature; Modern Firsts; American Literature; Signed Books; Politics;

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