Profiles in Courage by John F. Kennedy
“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”.