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Joseph Martin Hernon, Jr.
Booknotes, Sunday, February 15, 1998
Joseph Martin Hernon, Jr. discusses Profiles in Character: Hubris and Heroism in the U.S. Senate, 1789-1990.

Hernon's title is a deliberate take-off of Kennedy's Profiles in Courage. Unlike Kennedy's patriotic portrayal of various Senators, Hernon takes the position that the best-known U.S. senators throughout history don't deserve their renown as much as some lesser-known (or completely unknown) ones who served at the same time. Each chapter of his book pairs a famous Senator with his lesser-known counterpart. Over the course of ten biographical chapters, arranged chronologically, Hernon tells the story of sixteen men's lives in the Senate in relation to each other, in what amounts to a history of the U.S. Senate. —from the publisher's website (timspalding)… (more)

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