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Profiles in Courage Essay | Critical Essay #3

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Critical Essay #3

In the following essay, Hammer and Maudsley examine Profiles in Courage within the context of "a Roman conception of profiling and its relationship to courage and politics."

Published in 1955 during John F. Kennedy's tenure as a senator, Profiles in Courage was an instant best-seller, receiving the Pulitzer prize that same year. Yet, for being such a widely acclaimed work, scholars and reviewers have been reluctant to engage the argument of the book. What has focused scholarly attention, instead, is intrigue: who really wrote the book, whose political goals were served by writing the book, and how might Kennedy have secured the Pulitzer prize? When scholars have addressed issues in the book, it is by way of synopses, a generic praise of courage, comments on style, or suggestions that Kennedy never actually lived up to these words.

Part of the difficulty with interpreting Profiles is that we approach the...

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