Herbert Agar

  Male      American      Historian

  Born : Sep 29, 1897  -
  Died : Nov 24, 1980

About Author

Herbert Sebastian Agar (29 September 1897 in New Rochelle, New York - 24 November 1980 in Sussex, England) was an American journalist and historian, and an editor of the Louisville Courier-Journal. He won the Pulitzer Prize for History in 1934 for his 1933 book The People's Choice, a critical look at the American presidency. Agar was associated with the Southern Agrarians and edited, with Allen Tate, Who Owns America? (1936). He was also a strong proponent of an Americanized version of the British distributist socioeconomic system.

Agar's 1950 book The Price of Union was one of John F. Kennedy's favorite books, and he kept a copy of it on his desk. A passage from The Price of Union about an act of courage by John Quincy Adams gave Kennedy the idea of writing an article about senatorial courage. He showed the passage to his speechwriter Ted Sorensen and asked him to see if he could find some more examples. This Sorensen did, and eventually they had enough for a book, the Pulitzer Prize-winning Profiles in Courage..

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