KENNEDY, John. F.
Profiles in Courage. New York: Harper & Brothers, 1955.
Octavo, finely bound in full navy morocco, raised bands, elaborate
gilt-tooling to spine. $1500.
the challenge of political courage looms larger than ever before.
For our everyday life is becoming so saturated with the tremendous power
of mass communications that any unpopular or unorthodox course arouses a
storm of protests such as John Quincy Adams--under attack in 1807--could
never have envisioned. Our political life is becoming so expensive,
so mechanized and so dominated by professional politicians and public
relations men that the idealist who dreams of independent statesmanship is
rudely awakened by the necessities of election and accomplishment."
First edition of
Kennedy's third and finest book
which won the Pulitzer prize for biography in 1957. Kennedy wrote
the book during his freshman term in the Senate in 1954 and 1955 while
recovering from back surgery. Kennedy identifies eight acts of political
bravery and integrity by American Senators, including John Quincy Adams,
Daniel Webster, and Sam Houston. A fine copy beautifully bound.