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AUTOGRAPHED COPY OF PROFILES IN COURAGE
Signed "Best Wishes John Kennedy", "LBJ" and with an illegible signature. Housed in a shadow box frame. Frame 24" x 16.5".
Profiles in Courage provides biographical sketches of eight United States Senators whom Kennedy believed had exhibited remarkable courage and integrity while under exorbitant pressure from their parties and constituents. Much of the book profiles senators who strived to delay or avoid the Civil War, despite the criticism and loss of popularity it yielded them. The book became a best seller and won the 1957 Pulitzer Prize.

Kennedy wrote it during his leave of absence from the Senate in 1954, when he was recovering from near-fatal back surgery. He had a long-standing interest in acts of political courage; his senior thesis at Harvard, later published as Why England Slept, described British political leader's failure of courage in countering opposition to rearmament, leaving the country vulnerable in the early years of World War II. Kennedy is said to have been inspired by the conflicting pressures he himself had faced as a Congressman and a Senator, and his experiences as commander of PT-109.


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