“A MAN DOES WHAT HE MUST — IN SPITE OF PERSONAL CONSEQUENCES”: PROFILES IN COURAGE; INSCRIBED BY JOHN F. KENNEDY TO RADIO PERSONALITY GEORGE SANDERS

  • Profiles In Courage.
  • Profiles In Courage.
  • Profiles In Courage.

Profiles In Courage.

$8,200.00

Item Number: 88345

New York: Harper & Brothers, Publishers, 1956.

First edition, early printing of Kennedy’s Pulitzer Prize-winning work. Octavo, original half cloth, with eight pages of black-and-white photogravures. Foreword by Allan Nevins. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, “To George Sanders with best wishes John Kennedy.” The recipient George R. Sanders, Jr., was a radio personality in Southern California who began collecting autographs of celebrities he interviewed. Accompanied by a 8 inch by 10 inch photograph of George Sanders interviewing John F. Kennedy. Bookplate of the recipient, near fine in a near fine dust jacket with light rubbing and wear. Jacket design by Phil Grushkin. An excellent example with noted provenance.

The Pulitzer Prize-winning book was written when Kennedy was the junior senator from Massachusetts, and it served as a clarion call to every American. The inspiring accounts of eight previous heroic acts by American patriots inspired the American public to remember the courage progress requires. Now, a half-century later, it remains a classic and a relevant testament to the national spirit that celebrates the most noble of human virtues. Kennedy relates these heroisms to sketches of American politicians who have risked their careers for principle. "A man does what he must," he wrote, "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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