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Profiles in Courage

A book by John Fitzgerald Kennedy

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Profiles in Courage by President John F. Kennedy

  • Sep 28, 2003
This work ranks as a first-rate political commentary on the
courageous positions taken by a select group of Americans.
The author cites a number of famous and not so famous
Americans . i.e. John Quincy Adams, Daniel Webster and
Edmund Ross. I was impressed by the character of Edmund Ross
in making a very principled choice in the impeachment proceedings
of President Andrew Johnson. Ross transcended considerable
past disagreements with President Johnson to cast an
impeachment vote effectively retaining the unpopular president.

For the post-Lincoln time period, this act required more
than a modicum of political courage. President Kennedy
presented these stories utilizing a simple belles lettres
style of writing which adds to the thrilling crescendo
built into the book. The work follows the extemporaneous or
impromptu nature of President Kennedy's public speaking.
Accordingly, the authorship is genuine in every sense.

Students of American history will find this work invaluable. In addition, it is written well. The vocabulary is superior as is the sentence construction. Readers would expect this because
President Kennedy was known to be a voracious reader.
The book is required reading on many high school literary lists.

After having read the work, students will have gained a
better perspective on the life and times of the early
American thinkers and politicians.

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review by . May 12, 2013
Great profiles that present character of a forgotten age.
Joh F. Kennedy's Pulitzer Prize winning Profiles In Courage is not an in-depth historical text, true, and it should not be read that way. If any reader was and is expecting to find fascinating, long biographies of the eight men in this book, then they should alter their expectations. Rather, readers should use these profiles as a precursor to major biographies that are fatter and thicker with more detail.Whether Kennedy or his speechwriter wrote this book is irrevelent to me, but what he did …
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"A book that deserves reading by every American." ----Springfield Republican

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ISBN-10: 0060955449
ISBN-13: 978-0060955441
Author: John Fitzgerald Kennedy
Publisher: Perennial

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