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Profiles in Courage

Profiles in Courage

Author: John F. Kennedy

Year Published: 1955

Description: Written while Kennedy was the junior Senator from Massachusetts, Profiles in Courage depicts the careers of eight U.S. Senators, each of whom suffered politically as a result of a controversial position they took during their time in office. The idea for the book stemmed from a passage Kennedy read in Herbert Agar's The Price of Union that recounted a courageous stand taken by an earlier Senator from his state, John Quincy Adams. In addition to Adams, the profiles include Daniel Webster, Thomas Hart Benton, Sam Houston, Edmund G. Ross, Lucius Lamar, George Norris and Robert A. Taft. 

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'A man does what he must — in spite of personal consequences, in spite of obstacles and dangers, and pressures — and that is the basis of all human morality.'

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