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"Before you know it as the years go by, you're just like other people you have seen, with all those peculiar human ailments. Just another vehicle for temper and vanity and rashness and all the rest. Who wants it? Who needs it? These things occupy the place where a man's soul should be." -- Henderson the Rain King

Wednesday, February 07, 2007

Profiles In Courage

Book #4 of my '07 challenge was John F. Kennedy's Pulitzer Prize winning poly-sci classic Profiles in Courage.

The thing I found most interesting about this book was how well researched and articulate it is. Although it's a bit of a hodge podge of stories it shows a clear passion for politics and for the nation. It's exactly the type of work that you'd want all of our Presidents to be capable of writing (cough cough). Sadly as I've been reading up on the book I found that there's some controversy as to how much of it JFK actually wrote. Everyone seems to agree that Kennedy played a large role in creating the book though, so it's a pretty impressive achievement any way you slice it.

If you're just looking for a general history book to read for fun I'd probably skip this one. If you're looking to learn more about the Senate, get a shot of National pride, or just to feel better about the state of the political world today (trust me it actually used to be worse!) then you may enjoy it.

Senate page for the book
Wikipedia page
Read it online
Annual Profile In Courage essay contest