"This is a book about that most admirable of human virtues - courage. 'Grace under pressure', Ernest Hemingway defined it. And these are the stories of the pressures experienced by eight United States senators and the grace with which they endured them." (John F. Kennedy)
During 1954-1955, John F. Kennedy, then a US senator, chose eight of his historical colleagues to profile for their acts of astounding integrity in the face of overwhelming opposition. These heroes include John Quincy Adams, Daniel Webster, Thomas Hart Benton, and Robert A. Taft.
Awarded the Pulitzer Prize in 1957, Profiles in Courage - now reissued, featuring a new introduction by Caroline Kennedy as well as Robert Kennedy's foreword written for the memorial edition of the volume in 1964 - resounds with timeless lessons on the most cherished of virtues and is a powerful reminder of the strength of the human spirit. It is, as Robert Kennedy states in the foreword, "not just stories of the past but a hook of hope and confidence for the future. What happens to the country, to the world, depends on what we do with what others have left us".
©1955, 1956 John F. Kennedy; copyright 1984 renewed by Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis. Foreword copyright 1964 by Robert F. Kennedy. Introduction copyright 2003 by Caroline Kennedy. (P)2003, 2016 HarperCollins Publishers
Honestly, on of the best political books I have ever read. I pray that our country still has these types of politicians.
The early accounts were details and interesting.
A good night's sleep.
Pretty monotone and trying to over sell the story.
The profiles are inspiring encouraging and informative. The narrator is a bit flat and uninspiring but the subject matter is interesting and engaging. We must recapture our interesting history if we are to cope with the realities of our troubled culture and our inability to converse with one another to understand one another and to find common ground with one another. this is a good beginning.
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