Signed book: Profiles in Courage. Later printing. NY: Harper & Brothers, 1956. Hardcover with dust jacket, 6 x 8.5, 266 pages. Signed and inscribed on the first free end page in blue ballpoint, "To Gray—with best wishes, John Kennedy." Autographic condition: fine. Book condition: VG/VG, with some edge chips, small tears, and light staining to dust jacket.
Kennedy underwent several life-threatening spinal operations in the 1950s. During his convalescence in 1954 and 1955, he wrote the book Profiles in Courage, which described eight instances in which US Senators risked their careers by standing up for their personal beliefs. It became a bestseller upon its release in 1956, and was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Biography in 1957.
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