Kennedy's handwritten notes, which Senator Kennedy showed to reporters to prove his authorship, are now in the Kennedy Library, but are mostly preliminary notes about John Quincy Adams, a particular interest of Kennedy's, and are not a readable draft of the chapter on Adams.During the six-month period when the book was being written, Sorensen worked full-time on the project, sometimes twelve-hour days; Kennedy spent most of the same period travelling, campaigning, or hospitalized.Profiles was widely celebrated and became a best seller. In 19, he was elected a senator from Massachusetts, and served in the Senate until resigning after he was elected president in 1960.
Kennedy is the only man in history that I know who won a Pulitzer Prize for a book that was ghostwritten for him." Wallace replied: "You know for a fact, Drew, that the book Profiles in Courage was written for Senator Kennedy ... " Pearson responded that he did and that Kennedy speechwriter Ted Sorensen wrote the book. You know, there's a little wisecrack around the Senate about Jack ...
Wallace responded: "And Kennedy accepted a Pulitzer Prize for it? some of his colleagues say, 'Jack, I wish you had a little less profile and more courage.'" Soon Clifford and Robert Kennedy showed up at ABC and told executives that the Kennedys would sue unless the network issued a full retraction and apology.
Mike Wallace and Drew Pearson insisted that the story was true and refused to back off.
Nevertheless, ABC made the retraction and apology, which made Wallace furious.
The book won the Pulitzer Prize for Biography in 1957, even though it was not one of the finalists forwarded to the Pulitzer Prize board from the selection committee.
Profiles in Courage was made into a television series of the same name that aired on the NBC network during the 1964–1965 television season.According to "The Straight Dope", Herbert Parmet later analyzed the text of Profiles in Courage and wrote in his book Jack: The Struggles of John F.Kennedy (1980) that although Kennedy did oversee the production and provided for the direction and message of the book, it was clearly Sorensen who provided most of the work that went into the end product.Kennedy’s preserved notes show that he kept up with the book’s progress, but historian Garry Wills remarked that Kennedy’s notes contain no draft of any stage of the manuscript, or of any substantial part of it.In Sorensen's autobiography, Counselor: A Life at the Edge of History, he said he wrote "a first draft of most of the chapters" of Profiles in Courage and "helped choose the words of many of its sentences".Kennedy at Harvard, asking him if he could get his grandmother to cease, claiming her letters were interfering with government business.Blanche Ames Ames would eventually publish her own biography of her father in 1964.Kennedy "publicly acknowledged in his introduction to the book my extensive role in its composition". 147) Sorensen claimed that in May 1957, Kennedy "unexpectedly and generously offered, and I happily accepted, a sum to be spread over several years, that I regarded as more than fair" for his work on the book.Indeed, this supported a long-standing recognition of the collaborative effort that Kennedy and Sorensen had developed since 1953. Stewart has questioned the accuracy of the book's chapter on the impeachment of Andrew Johnson.The letter-writing continued even after Kennedy had been elected to the presidency.This prompted Kennedy to turn to George Plimpton, Ames' grandson and a classmate of Robert F.