Profiles in Courage

Profiles in Courage

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"This is a book about the 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 1954-55, John F. Kennedy, then a U.S. Senator, chose eight of his historical coleagues to profile for their acts of astounding integrity in the face of overwhelming opposition. These heroes include John Quincy Adams, Daniel Webster, Thomas Hart Benson, and Robert A. Taft.

Awarded the Pulitzer Prize in 1956, Profiles in Courage resounds with timeless lessons on themost 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 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.

Publisher: New York : HarperPerennial, 2000
ISBN: 9780060955441
Branch Call Number: YA 920 KENNE
Characteristics: pages ; cm


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I would say that sonny bono had a profile of courage in trying to pass legislation about the salton sea. co-written by jfk's speech-writer, Theodore Sorenson (uncredited). ironic, considering what and where , what happened, reading about Sam Houston.

Nov 01, 2015

worth reading. the comparison of these senators to the present day senators is enough to cause despair though. the author captures americans at their best

martinmatsil Jun 20, 2014

This book tells of thegreat courage that all people are capable of,if give a chance,and how the human spirit can rise above tragedy,and accomplish more then they thought.Mr.Kennedy gave terrific insite,to the greatness,inside all of us.Through the power of God,and his we can do anything.Anything good comes from God.And his last great accomplishment was the Presidents council on physical fitness.Thank you President Kennedy,Rest in peace,and God bless you.

Jun 14, 2013

I wanted to go back and see if I still enjoyed this book. It was wonderful AGAIN.

Jun 27, 2012

Haven't beable to get into this book. Tried a few times. One of these days I will bite the bullet and read it from start to finish.


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