Profiles in Courage

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Written in 1955 by the then junior senator from Massachusetts, John F. Kennedy’s Profiles in Courage has served as a clarion call to every American. A collection of eight inspiring, unsung, and heroic acts by American patriots at different junctures in our nation’s history, Kennedy’s book became required reading and an instant classic and was awarded the Pulitzer Prize. Now, a half-century later, it remains a moving, powerful, and relevant testament to the indomitable national spirit and an unparalleled celebration of that most noble of human virtues.

Along with vintage photographs and an extensive author biography, this book features Kennedy’s correspondence about the writing project, contemporary reviews, a letter from Ernest Hemingway, and two rousing speeches from recipients of the Profile in Courage Award.


  • 001_Profiles In Courage

    Duration: 15s
  • 002_Introduction

    Duration: 10min
  • 003_Courage and Politics

    Duration: 04min
  • 004_Part One-The Time and the Place

    Duration: 03min
  • 005_John Quincy Adams

    Duration: 20min
  • 006_Part Two-The Time and the Place

    Duration: 05min
  • 007_Daniel Webster

    Duration: 12min
  • 008_Thomas Hart Benton

    Duration: 16min
  • 009_Sam Houston

    Duration: 17min
  • 010_The Time and the Place

    Duration: 03min
  • 011_Edmund G. Ross

    Duration: 25min
  • 012 Lucius Quintus Cincinnatus Lamar

    Duration: 21min
  • 013 Part Four-The Time and the Place

    Duration: 06min
  • 014 George Norris

    Duration: 21min
  • 015_Robert A. Taft

    Duration: 13min
  • 016_The Meaning of Courage

    Duration: 07min
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    Duration: 01min