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Should be required reading in Civics classes
on 8 August 1999
I first read Profiles in Courage nearly 30 years ago while still in high school. I just finished reading it again and none of its core truth has changed; if anything, recent history has reinforced it. This book will be required reading for my son and daughter as I try to pass along the values of Jeffersonian democracy embodied in the phrase "of the people, for the people, and by the people." It is worth reading every decade or so as a reminder not only of the standards to which we should hold our elected leaders, but also the standards we should strive to meet in our everyday lives. In this book, JFK refrained from partisan filtering in the selection of his profile subjects and the writing overall attempts to avoid hero worship while appropriately recognizing the act(s) of political courage. An added plus are the introduction and the closing summary, which give additional insight into the character of the author, whom none of us got to experience for as long as we would have wished. Perhaps it is time for Profiles in Courage, Volume II; a volume in which JFK himself would no doubt warrant a chapter.