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Profiles in Courage (The Memorial Edition) by John F. Kennedy - Hardcover - Signed - 1964 - from Appledore Books, ABAA (SKU: 11533)

Profiles in Courage (The Memorial Edition)

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Profiles in Courage (The Memorial Edition)

by John F. Kennedy

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New York: Harper & Row, 1964. Leather bound. Near Fine. BEAUTIFULLY INSCRIBED (A WARM, FULL-PAGE INSCRIPTION) BY EUNICE KENNEDY SHRIVER on the front free endpaper. (Eunice Kennedy Shriver, the 5th child of Rose and Joseph Kennedy, championed the disabled and made work on their behalf one of the great causes of her adult life. She was credited with being a driving force behind --and essentially a founder of-- The Special Olympics and in this dedication cites the work of a renowned psychiatrist, a man whose "wisdom, courage, knowledge and counsel and love for the mentally retarded and their families has inspired and created more action and benefits for the retarded than anyone else in our country. With the great admiration of all the Kennedys, Affectionately, Eunice Kennedy Shriver"). A very nice copy to boot of the 1964 Memorial edition, in the publisher's uncommon full-leather binding. Tight and VG+ in its navy-blue morocco, with the Presidential seal in gilt and gilt-bordering on the front panel. Sunning --and light scuffing-- along the spine, otherwise clean as could be and, internally, immaculate, with no writing or markings of any kind. Octavo, all edges gilt, Special Foreword by Robert F. Kennedy. Also includes an attractive custom-made, marbled cardboards slipcase, which houses the book.


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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Appledore Books, ABAA US (US)
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Profiles in Courage (The Memorial Edition)
John F. Kennedy
Leather bound
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Used - Near Fine
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Harper & Row
Place of Publication
New York
Date published
rare JFK, rare memorial editions, rare signed Kennedy materail
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