Profiles in Courage: Deluxe Modern Classic

Profiles in Courage: Deluxe Modern Classic

by John F Kennedy

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“This book is not just the stories of the past but a book 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.” - Robert F. Kennedy

The Pulitzer Prize winning classic by President John F. Kennedy, with an introduction by Caroline Kennedy, a foreword by Robert F. Kennedy, and vintage photographs of the family.

Written in 1955 by the then junior senator from the state of Massachusetts, John F. Kennedy's Profiles in Courage serves as a clarion call to every American.

In this book, Kennedy chose eight of his historical colleagues to profile for their acts of astounding integrity in the face of overwhelming opposition. These heroes, coming from different junctures in our nation’s history, include John Quincy Adams, Daniel Webster, Thomas Hart Benton, and Robert A. Taft.

Now, a half-century later, the book remains a moving, powerful, and relevant testament to the indomitable national spirit and an unparalleled celebration of that most noble of human virtues. It resounds with timeless lessons on the most cherished of virtues and is a powerful reminder of the strength of the human spirit. Profiles in Courage is as Robert Kennedy states in the foreword: “not just stories of the past but a book 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."

Along with vintage photographs and an extensive author biography, this book features Kennedy's correspondence about the writing project, contemporary reviews, a letter from Ernest Hemingway, and two rousing speeches from recipients of the Profile in Courage Award.  Introduction by John F. Kennedy’s daughter Caroline Kennedy, forward by John F. Kennedy’s brother Robert F. Kennedy.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062339096
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 09/08/2015
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 114,589
Lexile: 1410L (what's this?)
File size: 930 KB

About the Author

John F. Kennedy (1917-1963) was president of the United States from 1961 to 1963. At forty-three, he was the youngest man ever elected to the Oval Office and the first Roman Catholic president.

Table of Contents

Introduction Caroline Kennedy ix

Foreword Robert F. Kennedy xv

Preface xxi

I Courage and Politics 1

Part 1 The Time and the Place 23

II John Quincy Adams 29

"The magistrate is the servant not… of the people, but of his God."

Part 2 The Time and the Place 51

III Daniel Webster 57

"… not as a Massachusetts man… but as an American…"

IV Thomas Hart Benton 75

"I despise the bubble popularity…"

V Sam Houston 93

"… I can forget that I am called a traitor."

Part 3 The Time and the Place 111

VI Edmund G. Ross 115

"I… looked, down into my open grave."

VII Lucius Quintus Cincinnatus Lamar 139

"Today I must be true or fake …"

Part 4 The Time and the Place 165

VIII George Norris 170

"I have come home to tell you the truth."

IX Robert A. Taft 193

"… liberty of the individual to think his own thoughts…"

X Other Men of Political Courage 206

"…consolation…for the contempt of mankind."

XI The Meaning of Courage 217

Bibliography 227

Index 239

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