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John F. Kennedy: Profiles of Courage

John Simkin

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In 1956, John Kennedy won a Pulitzer Prize for his book, Profiles in Courage. Rumours began to circulate that the book had actually been written by his friend, Ted Sorensen. The following year, the investigative journalist, Drew Pearson, wrote: "Jack Kennedy is the only man in history that I know who won a Pulitzer prize on a book which was ghostwritten for him." Kennedy fiercely denied it, and Sorensen signed an affidavit confirming Kennedy's story that the book was all his own work. According to the historian, Godfrey Hodgson: "Later Kennedy offered, and Sorensen accepted, a substantial sum as his share in the proceeds of the book."


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