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Profiles in Courage Audiobook

Profiles in Courage

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Publisher's Summary

"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

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    Dc Pickett 11-29-16
    Dc Pickett 11-29-16

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    "A perfect collection of events that put character over party"

    Honestly, on of the best political books I have ever read. I pray that our country still has these types of politicians.

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    "now more than ever"

    perfect for the times that we're in right right now. needed to let us know that we need to act with integrity

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    Send2Al 11-17-16
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    this is a good story to hear for all Americans. I would highly recommend it.

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    Thomas J. Tague NH 11-16-16
    Thomas J. Tague NH 11-16-16 Member Since 2014

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    What did you like best about Profiles in Courage? What did you like least?

    The early accounts were details and interesting.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    A good night's sleep.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    Pretty monotone and trying to over sell the story.


    Could you see Profiles in Courage being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

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    Novice work.

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    EBurkeDisciple 11-10-16

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    "Fascinating slice of history"

    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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    anyone with a penchant for politics or history should make the time to read this classic.

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