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John Fitzgerald Kennedy
If you have ever had any curiosities about any of the leading figures of American
History, from John Quincy Adams to Robert A. Taft, John Fitzgerald Kennedy details for
you the accomplishments and personalities of a great cross-section of Americana. Mind
you, this book is not a provocative thriller, nor an aloof murder story, but an encyclopedia
of sorts, a personal reference. The people that JFK wrote about were truly courageous and
intriguing, and upon reading about them, you begin to immediately respect them. Kennedy
won the Nobel Peace Prize for Literature with this book, and with all the credit given to
this book, how can one argue with a masterpiece? One great merit of this volume is that
its instances of courage are all true, clear and in the last analysis constructive; its heroes-
John Quincy Adams, Webster, Houston, Ross of Kansas, George Norris-all exercised their
courage in a noble way for large ends.
The Foreward was written by Allen Nevins, a great journalist and admirer of the
Late Kennedy(The most amazing part being that Kennedy at this time was still a senator!).
With such a lofty opinion of the ex-president, the foreward was very upbeat. It spoke of
the differentiations between courage and bravery, the very definition of courage, and even
some of the reasons that a few of the men qualified to enter JFK's profiles. The preface,
written by JFK himself, was merely a thank-you to the brave and trail-blazing politicians
that preceded him, and to his wife.
All in all, there are eight profiles of Kennedy's most revered men. The first listed
being John Q. Adams. According to JFK, Adams was young, very unsure and yet,
determined. Adams received threats in the mail from the federalist party and was prepared
to leave any politics he was set to go into. In time, he began a very powerful man, taking
part in more important events than anyone else in our history, the most important, of
course, being the presidency.
The succeeding profile is of Daniel Webster, one of the most powerful orators and
statesmen of his time, or any other. Daniel Webster is familiar to many of us as the battler
of Jabez Stone's soul against the devil in Stephen Vincent Benet's story. There could be no
mistaking that he was a great man, as JFK writes, "He was a great man-he looked like
one, talked like one, was treated like one, and insisted he was one."
The next profile is of Thomas Hart Benton, a senator from Missouri, a man that
used to engage in stand-off's and shootings. He held all of the people he spoke with
in...fear. He spoke well, and always had a rebuttal to even the most stinging sarcasm. As a
matte of fact, Benton tried his hardest to become as fearsome as possible, brushing himself
daily with a horsehair brush, giving his skin a very leathery texture. Benton held such a fix
in the Capitol that Missouri voted him to stay in office for just over thirty years! Benton
stood up for what he wanted to happen, he listened less and less to his people in Missouri,
and he became very devoted to winning everything he advocated for. Perhaps that is why
he was considered courageous, that or the pistols he always carried into the Capitol.
Thirdly was Sam Houston, governor of both Texas and Tennessee. During his time
as a statesman for Texas, it was up to him to bring Texas into statehood, and he
accomplished it well. He was dubbed 'The Magnificent Barbarian" due to his neanderthalic
features, and moving orations. He was barnone the most popular statesman of his time,
struggling like mad to accomplish all that he had set forth in a long journal to himself. His
passion for his voters, the people, placed him in many high offices, in two different states!
His worst mistake that ultimately ended his career was his vote to put an end to slavery, a
vote that went against the thoughts of most people in Texas.
Next in line was Edmund G. Ross, a young senator from Kansas. Ross was
admitted during one of the most turmoil-filled epoch of American History, the time of
President Andrew Johnson. Andrew had succeeded Lincoln as president, and was sent into
his job to clean up all the hatred shared between the North and the South. Of course, the
South had been conquered, and it was up to Johnson to decide what happens to the South.
He firmly believed in Lincoln's hopes for peace, but the entire congressional body was
ready to conquer the South and stake it as a branch of the North. Many radical
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