Synopses & Reviews
Nearly half a century after then-Senator John F. Kennedy was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Profiles in Courage
, his masterful portrait of American heroes, the words "politician" and "courage" are rarely uttered in the same breath. But, as this celebration of modern political bravery amply demonstrates, there are countless examples of heroism among todays elected officials. Profiles in Courage for Our Time
pays tribute to 13 such heroes, each a recipient of the prestigious Profile in Courage award. The essays authors are as noteworthy as their subjects: Anna Quindlen writes about Governor James Florios passing of the strictest gun control law in the nation; Al Hunt details James Feingold and John McCains efforts to reform political financing; Bob Woodward writes on former President Gerald Ford's controversial decision of conscience to pardon former President Richard Nixon.
"The Profiles in Courage Award seeks to honor those whose lives of service prove that politics can be a noble profession. We hope that Americans realize that there are men and women serving at all levels of our government who are legends of our time."
Renowned authors and award-winners featured in Profiles in Courage for Our Time:
- Michael Beschloss on Carl Elliot, Sr.
- Bill Kovach on Charles Weltner
- E. J. Dionne on Lowell Weicker, Jr.
- Anna Quindlen on James Florio
- Pete Hamill on Henry Gonzalez
- Steve Roberts on Michael Synar
- Marian Wright Edelman on Corkin Cherubini
- Maryanne Vollers on Charles Price
- Ron Suskind on Nickolas C. Murnion
- Michael Daly on Irish Peace Makers
- Anthony Walton on Hilda Solis
- Al Hunt on Russell Feingold and John McCain
- Teresa Carpenter on John Lewis
- Bob Woodward on Gerald Ford
"Gratifyingly, this is not just another collection of eulogies; some of the winners have blots on their political escutcheons that are duly noted. Nor will all readers agree on the worthiness of each recipient....By and large, a refreshing sampling of political legacies cleaving to the notion of equality and justice on behalf of the weak and exploited." Kirkus Reviews
"Unabashedly liberal and pro-government, this collection is a stirring look at people who rarely thought about what they could do for themselves, but always about what they could do for their country." Publishers Weekly
In the spirit of John F. Kennedy's Pulitzer Prize-winning "Profiles in Courage" comes this collection of 13 essays honoring modern-day heroes, penned by a collection of stellar authors.
About the Author
Caroline Kennedy serves as president of the J. F. K. Library Foundation. She is an attorney and the New York Times bestselling coauthor of The Right to Privacy and In Our Defense.