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Why England Slept

By Kennedy, John F




Why England Slept is the published version of a thesis written by John F. Kennedy while in his senior year at Harvard College. Its title was an allusion to Winston Churchill's 1938 book While England Slept, which also examined the buildup of German power.


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Why England Slept

Kennedy, John F.

New York: Wilfred Funk, Inc, 1940. First edition. xx, 252 pp. 8vo. Publisher's rose cloth. Spine faded, light wear to spine ends. First edition. xx, 252 pp. 8vo. JFK's First Book, Inscribed to Newsman Arthur Krock. The first edition of John F. Kennedy's first book, inscribed to Arthur Krock: "To Mr. Krock. Who Baptized, Christened, and was Best Man for this book - with my sincere thanks, Jack Kennedy." Arthur Krock (1886-1974), the "Dean of Washington Newsmen," was Washington correspondent and bureau chief for the New York Times and wrote the "In the Nation" column. He was a close friend and political ally of Joe Kennedy and his children. He advised John F. Kennedy with the revisions of his 1939 senior honors paper, "Appeasement in Munich," in preparation for its publication the following year. It was Krock who suggested the new title, Why England Slept, a response to Churchill's While England Slept. Krock would continue to advise the young Kennedy, who thanked him In the Preface to Profiles in Courage. Ted Kennedy wrote admiringly of Krock in his tribute volume to his father: "Mr. Krock has long been one of the most respected newsmen and columnists in Washington. He was won two Pulitzer Prizes for his work. He met Dad [Joseph Kennedy] during the New Deal years and won his deep admiration. Mr. Krock advised President Kennedy in the writing of his first book, Why England Slept, and has been a source of valued help to my brothers and myself" (Edward Kennedy, The Fruitful Bough: A Tribute to Joseph P. Kennedy, p. 112). [With:] As We Remember Joe. Edited by John F. Kennedy. Privately Printed: Cambridge, Mass, 1945. First edition, second issue. Original burgundy cloth. Fine copy. Inscribed, "For Martha and Arthur Krock, Bob Kennedy. Christmas 1965." Krock contributed a short reminiscence of Joe Kennedy from the 1940 Democratic National Convention, pp. 39-41. KENNEDY, Robert F. The Enemy Within. Harper & Brothers: New York, 1960. First edition. Publisher's cloth. Spine faded. Inscribed, "To Arthur Krock, With the thanks and admiration of his friend, Bob Kennedy." Krock wrote the foreword to The Enemy Within. The Fruitful Bough: A Tribute to Joseph P. Kennedy. Collected by Edward M. Kennedy. Privately Printed, 1965. Original blue cloth. Some scuffing to front cover. Inscribed, "To Arthur Krock, Who helped make The Fruitful Bough possible. With appreciation. Ted Kennedy. Sept 6 1965." With carbon of typescript of Krock's contribution to the volume as submitted for editing.

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Why England Slept.

Kennedy, John F.

New York: Wilfred Funk, Inc, 1940. First edition. Octavo, bound in full blue leather, all edges gilt. The dedication copy of John F. Kennedy's first book, Why England Slept, with Rose Kennedy's embossed name on the front panel. This copy was specially bound for the author's mother, Rose Kennedy and presented to her. This copy brought $52,900 at the Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis sale at Sotheby's in May 1996. Housed in a full dark blue morocco clamshell box. Unique. Published the year Kennedy graduated from Harvard, Why England Slept was an expansion of his senior thesis. The title is a variation on the title of Winston Churchill's work, While England Slept, published about two years before Kennedy's. It was dedicated to John's parents, Rose and Joe Kennedy. In this work he attempts to explain why England was so poorly prepared for World War II and why England's leaders settled upon the disastrous policies of appeasement. The book served as a warning to those in our country who felt that appeasing Hitler and staying out of the war was a viable option. It became a bestseller in the United States and went through several printings in its first year. (Newcomb, 10)

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Why England Slept.

Kennedy, John F.

New York: Wilfred Funk, Inc, 1940. First edition. Octavo, original red cloth. Inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper in a contemporary hand, "For Asa Bordages with best wishes Jack Kennedy." The recipient, Asa Bordages was a feature writer for the New York World-Telegram and playwright known for the 1941 play Brooklyn USA. Lightest of rubbing, near fine in a very good dust jacket with some small chips and wear to the extremities. Published the year Kennedy graduated from Harvard, Why England Slept was an expansion of his senior thesis. The title is a variation on the title of Winston Churchill's work, While England Slept, published about two years before Kennedy's. It was dedicated to John's parents, Rose and Joe Kennedy. In this work he attempts to explain why England was so poorly prepared for World War II and why England's leaders settled upon the disastrous policies of appeasement. The book served as a warning to those in our country who felt that appeasing Hitler and staying out of the war was a viable option. It became a bestseller in the United States and went through several printings in its first year. (Newcomb, 10)

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Why England Slept

Kennedy, John F

Wilfred Funk, New York, 1940. 1st Edition. Hardcover. Very Good Condition/Good. boards a bit faded/dusty Dust Jacket chipped, spine sunned. Previous owner's book-plate. Quantity Available: 1. Category: World War II; Great Britain. Pictures of this item not already displayed here available upon request. Inventory No: 20726. .

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$2,256.25

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Why England Slept

Kennedy, John F.

New York: Wilfred Funk, Inc, 1940. First Edition. Octavo. . 252pp., published the year Kennedy graduated from Harvard and was an expansion of his senior thesis. The title is a variation of Winston Churchill's work "While England Slept". Kennedy attempts to explain why England was so poorly prepared for World War II and why England's leaders settled upon disastrous policies. It became a bestseller and went though several printings in its first year. (Newcome, 10) A handsome copy bound in pictorial maroon cloth stamped in blue and white depicting a sleeping lion, spine lettering white over blue, darkening to pastedowns from binder's glue, near fine in very good unclipped dust jacket with light edge wear, chipping to spine ends fold of spine and front panel partly split at foot, rear flap corner clipped at top. An attractive copy.

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$2,250.00

Why England Slept [Pre-Publication Issue]

Kennedy, John F. (Fitzgerals), Foreword By Henry R. Luce

New York: Wilfrid Funk, Inc., 1940. First Edition . Plain Wrappers. Very Good + Book/Good Dustjacket. 252 Pp. Probably The Earliest Published State Of The Book, Signatures Neatly Stitched With Nine Sets Of Stitching, But Unbound, Three Preliminary Blanks, Four Final Blanks. Red Pencil Note On Front Sheet, "Publication / Aug 1St /Price $2.00", (Actually Published In July According To Doris Kearns Goodwin), With Small "10", Written In Black Pencil On Verso., Possibly A Numbering For Control Of This Pre-Publication Copies. With The Unclipped Dj, With Printed Excerpt From Foreword On Rear Cover, Spine And Edges Worn And Chipped But Essentially Complete, Not Price-Clipped [$2.00], No Loss Of Lettering Or Design, Considerable Tape Reinforcement Inside, One Small Clear Tape Exterior Reinforcement. This Comes With With What May Be The Original Mailing Cardboard Reinforcement, Prestamped "U. S. Postage Paid 30 [Cents], St. Paul Minn Permit #4021, Special 4Th Class Book". A Rare Issue, As Would Be Any Advance Copies Of Presidential Books Prior To The 1970'S; These Seldom If Ever Become Available In The Trade.

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Why England Slept

John F. Kennedy

Wilfred Funk, 1940. Book. Fine. Hardcover. 2nd Edition. 8vo - over 7¾ - 9¾" tall. Gorgeous Fine Copy in a Fresh Near Fine Jacket.Rare Condition Second Edition A Month after First.Excellen Fresh Copy.$2.00 on Flap.Kennedy's First Book as Senator..

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$695.00

Why England Slept.

KENNEDY, John F.

New York; Funk. 1940. First edition. 8vo. 252pp. Publisher's dark red cloth titled and decorated in blue and white to spine and front board. Clean and bright, some light bumping to spine ends, very good indeed. In a slightly fragile but nevertheless good, bright and vivid example of the scarce dustwrapper, faded to the spine and with some chipping to extremities and two small pieces of tape to reverse. Internally clean with some offsetting to pastedowns. A strong and handsome copy of Kennedy's analysis of British inter-bellum complacency and what it could mean for America.

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$636.93

Why England Slept

Kennedy, John F.

Norwalk, CT: Easton Press, 1992. Hardcover. Very Good. Size=6.5"x9. (full book description) Easton Press, Norwalk, CT, 1992. VG+, LEATHER BOUND, DJ Not Issued. Size=6.5"x9", 252pgs. Black leather binding with 4 raised spine ribs, 2 red leather spine labels, gold stamped lettering & designs on spine & front cover, light blue moire silk endpapers, all around page end gold gilt & attached cloth page marker, owner name embossment on Half Title Page, Easton Press bookplate with owner name across from Title Page, small ink date stamp (2) inside rear endpaper, o.w. clean, bright & tight. Rest of book Like New. 99% OF OUR BOOKS ARE SHIPPED IN CUSTOM BOXES, WE ALWAYS PACK WITH GREAT CARE!

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$535.50

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Why England Slept.

KENNEDY, John F. (1917-1963).

New York, NY: Wilfred Funk, 1940.. First edition. Octavo, pp.xxx; 252. Elegantly bound in half red oasis morocco over orginal pictorial cloth sides, raised bands and gilt titles to spine. Small ink mark to lower cover else a clean, fine copy. The published version of a thesis examining the rise of the German Reich, written by Kennedy during his senior year at Harvard University.

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$502.84

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WHY ENGLAND SLEPT

Kennedy, John F.

Norwalk, Connecticut: Easton Press. 1992. First Edition; First Printing. Hardcover. Fine, Accented in 22kt gold, printed on archival paper with gilded edges, smyth sewing & concealed muslin joints. Bound In full leather with hubbed spines. Pristine. ; 8vo 8" - 9" tall .

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$475.00

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Why England Slept

KENNEDY, John F

New York: Wilfred Funk. 1940. First. First edition. Contemporary gift inscription, and a couple of very modest smudges on the boards, about fine lacking the dustwrapper. Future president's first book. .

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$450.00

Why England Slept

Kennedy, John F.

The Easton Press. As New with no dust jacket. 1992. Full-Leather. As New full leather edition, still in the original shrinkwrap. No names or bookplates. ; 8vo 8" - 9" tall; 252 pages .

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$400.00

Why England Slept

Kennedy, John F.

New York: Wilfred Funk, 1940 True first edition (American). Introduction by Henry R. Luce. The front boards are bright red with a white/blue design imprint. The DJ has darkening to the spine and edgewear, the head of the DJ is chipped. Included with the book is new, a facsimile DJ of the original. Very affordable true first edition. . First Edition. Hard Cover. Very Good/Good. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall.

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$399.99

Why England Slept

Kennedy, John F.

The Easton Press. New with no dust jacket. 1992. Full Leather. New full leather hardcover edition, still in the original shrinkwrap. No names or bookplates. ; 8vo 8" - 9" tall .

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$395.00

Why England slept

Kennedy, John F

W. Funk, inc. Collectible - Very Good. NY: Wilfred Funk, 1940. Stated 2nd printing August 1940. 8vo. 252 pgs. Very good in a fair dust jacket. Light wear to lightly toned spine head. Pastedowns toned. Contents fine. Jacket is edgeworn, chipped, torn and creased. Pieces missing at jacket spine ends. 2.00 orig price on flap. Inquire if you need further information.

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$315.00

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Why England Slept

John F. Kennedy

Praeger, 1981-10-16. Hardcover. Used:Good. Buy with confidence. Excellent Customer Service & Return policy. Ships Fast. Expedite Shipping Available.

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Why England Slept

Kennedy, John F.

HC, ex-library. First Ed., Stated Sixth Printing, Oct. 1940. G. No dj. Original red cloth binding. Corners & spine ends bumped & frayed. Hinges weak, but intact. Pages tanned, with light soiling. Pages firmly bound. Deckle edges.

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$160.00

Why England Slept

John F. Kennedy

London: Hutchinson & Co, 1940. Cloth. Good. The 1940 1st British edition of JFK.s first published book, his senior thesis at Harvard, analyzing England's decision to resist Hitler when it did (rather than even earlier). Solid and G+ in its red cloth, with light staining -and spotting-- at the panels and along the spine. 12mo, 234 pgs. plus bibliography and publisher's ads.

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$150.00

Why England Slept

Kennedy, John F. (President)

London: Hutchinson of London, 1940. First UK edition. Hardcover. Good. 12mo, red cloth, 1940 publisher's adverts. of 40 pp. JFK's first book, written as a senior thesis at Harvard. His father, Joseph P. Kennedy, influenced the publication of this as a book in England. Foreword by Henry R. Luce. Ex libris the Headmaster of Tunbridge Public School

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$150.00