Yet apart from its politics, Profiles in Courage remains popular, not only for its attachment to the Kennedy legacy, but also as an important book on political courage and U. Senate history. House of Representatives in as a Congressman from Massachusetts. He was 29 years old at the time. In , he ran for and won a U. Senate seat.
However, as a freshman Senator in and , Kennedy took leave from the Senate to recover from surgery to treat a perennial back problem. It was during this period that he undertook Profiles in Courage. In the book, the senators that Kennedy profiled were mavericks of a kind who took courageous stands or stood apart from the safe and conventional norms of their day.
They crossed party lines, defied their constituents, or ran counter to public opinion to do what they felt was right. Early paperback edition of JFK book. The book gave Kennedy a certain political gravitas and national recognition he did not have before, lifting him from the ranks of unknown senators. Although Kennedy was not a presidential candidate in , he took center stage for a time at the Democratic National Convention that August in Chicago.
Political conventions then were just beginning to receive more coverage by television. NBC, for example, pre-empted its day time soap operas and assigned two of its reporters, Chet Huntley and David Brinkley, to co-anchor the convention coverage. Stevenson liked Kennedy and thought about making the young senator his running mate, but decided instead to throw open the nomination for Vice President to the entire convention.
All mounted instant campaigns on the floor of the convention.
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The scramble for convention votes among the candidates proved dramatic with television capturing a series of roll-call ballots. Three separate ballots were needed. At one point, the Chicago Daily News reported that Kennedy and Kefauver were tied, each falling short of the number to nominate.
Kennedy then came to the floor and asked for Kefauver to be put on the ticket by acclamation. Stevenson, watching on TV at his hotel, was reportedly disappointed in the outcome. In the general election that followed that fall, the Stevenson-Kefauver ticket was crushed by the re-election of President Dwight Eisenhower and his running mate, Richard Nixon.
For Kennedy, however, the national exposure he had received at the convention provided a springboard for In this moment of triumphant defeat, his campaign for the  presidency was born. In , following the election, Kennedy began his unofficial campaign for the White House as he continued his duties in the U. Among fellow Democrats in the Senate who were also presidential contenders at the time were Lyndon Johnson and Hubert Humphrey.
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Profiles in Courage , meanwhile, returned to the news in May as the book picked up a Pulitzer prize. But no evidence of impropriety was found. Through , Kennedy continued to travel the country, with numerous speaking engagements.
John Kennedy, before he entered politics, had aspired briefly to a career in journalism and had written on history and public policy. As a student at Harvard in the s, Kennedy had studied international relations and history. It has two titles: one on the cover and and one on the spine, which is quite illustrative of the lack of professionalism in this book. There is a blatant lie about ability to procure a copy written on the back cover. After trying to read this book, I found many more online, some more expensive, some cheaper and the one I bought used was one third the price.
One person found this helpful. Just focus on that. Skip the scary introduction by this Sam Sloan guy. Just rip those pages right out of the damned book. Trust me: It is crazy, unsourced, and poorly written. Or read the intro and laugh with incredulity. I mainly needed the copy of the Kennedy book for a research project.
The book is usable for that.
Read this and gain hope for our democracy. The actual title, as on the cover, is Why England Slept.
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I can't believe the title on spine and back of the book is different than the actual title on the front cover. I purchased this for my year-old daughter after we visited the Kennedy Library, and she noticed the mistake immediately. We're almost afraid to look st the rest of the book now. Format: Unknown Binding Verified Purchase. Thoughtful book. An excellent read. See all 25 reviews. Amazon Giveaway allows you to run promotional giveaways in order to create buzz, reward your audience, and attract new followers and customers. Learn more about Amazon Giveaway.
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