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Why England Slept

By Kennedy, John F


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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.

  • Published: 1940
  • Condition: Publisher's rose cloth. Spine faded, light wear to spine ends
  • Edition: First edition
Sold by: James Cummins Bookseller
$60,000.00

Why England Slept

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", 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.

  • Published: 1940
  • Condition: Very Good + Book
  • Edition: First Edition
Sold by: Arroyo Seco Books
$3,000.00

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. .

  • Published: 1940
  • Condition: Very Good Condition
  • Edition: 1st Edition
Sold by: ArchersBooks.com
$2,256.25

Why England Slept

KENNEDY, John F

New York; Funk. 1940, 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.

  • Published: 1940
Sold by: Adrian Harrington Rare Books
$762.66

Why England Slept

Kennedy, John F

New York: Wilfred Funk, 1940. 252 p. First edition, first printing. Near Fine hardcover. No dust jacket. Former owner's name on front end paper. Offsetting to endpapers, spine a tad dulled, light bumping with a bit of fraying on the two bottom tips. A very nice copy.

  • Published: 1940-01-01
  • Condition: Very Good
  • Edition: First edition
Sold by: Burnside Rare Books
$700.00

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..

  • Published: 1940
  • Condition: Fine
  • Edition: 2nd Edition
Sold by: Jeff Bergman Books ABAA/ILAB
$695.00

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+, Hard Cover, 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!

  • Published: 1992
  • Condition: Very Good
Sold by: Ed Conroy Bookseller
$535.50

WHY ENGLAND SLEPT

Kennedy, John F

Norwalk, Connecticut: Easton Press. 1992. First Edition; First Printing. Hardcover. Fine, Leather Bound, Accented in 22kt gold. Printed on archival paper with gilded edges. The endsheets are of moire fabric with a silk ribbon page marker. Smyth sewing and concealed muslin joints. This book is in full leather with hubbed spines. A pristine volume.; 8vo 8" - 9" tall .

  • Published: 1992
  • Edition: First Edition; First Printing
Sold by: Rare Book Cellar
$470.00

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. .

  • Published: 1940
  • Edition: First
Sold by: Between the Covers- Rare Books, Inc. ABAA
$450.00

WHY ENGLAND SLEPT

KENNEDY, John F

Norwalk CT:: Easton Press,, 1992. Fine. A Fine hardback Collector's Edition in full blue leather binding with raised bands spine, gilt lettering on red leather title label, gilt lettering front cover, gilt decoration spine and covers, all edges gilt, silk moire endpapers, silk ribbon bookmark. 8vo. xxviii, 252 pp.

  • Published: 1992
  • Condition: Fine
Sold by: By The Book, LC ABAA-ILAB
$400.00

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 .

  • Published: 1992
  • Condition: As New with no dust jacket
Sold by: Elders Bookstore
$400.00

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 .

  • Published: 1992
  • Condition: New with no dust jacket
Sold by: Elders Bookstore
$395.00

Why England slept

Kennedy, John F

W. Funk, inc. Collectible - Very Good. W. Funk, inc, 01/01/1940, Hardcover, 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.

  • Condition: Collectible - Very Good
Sold by: Wonder Book
$350.00

Why England Slept

Kennedy, John F

New York: Wilfred Funk, 1949. First Edition, First Printing . Hardcover. Very Good Plus/No Jacket. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. No statement of printing on copyright page, presumed first printing, first edition, book plate of Blance and Bernie Zients front paste down, a Bernard Zients was a former president of Gimblels, text tight, hint of faint, light tonimg text pages, but the pages are otherwise unmarked, fading edges, few clear, light rub marks, barely visible rear cover, small light crese left side upper spine.

  • Published: 1949
  • Condition: Very Good Plus
  • Edition: First Edition, First Printing
Sold by: Joseph Keenan, Bookseller
$224.99

Why England Slept

Kennedy, John F

GREENWOOD PUB GROUP INC, 1981. Revised. Hardcover. New. SKU: MM-00415114; EAN: 9780313228742

  • Published: 1981
  • Condition: New
  • Edition: Revised
  • ISBN: 9780313228742
Sold by: Media Mall
$164.90

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.

  • Published: 1940
  • Condition: G
Sold by: Mid-York Library System
$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.

  • Published: 1940
  • Condition: Good
Sold by: Appledore Books, ABAA
$150.00

Why England Slept

Kennedy, John F

Wilfred Funk, Inc.. Good/Good. 1961. Hard Cover.

  • Published: 1961
  • Condition: Good/Good
Sold by: J. E. MILES, A BOOKSELLER
$134.85

Why England Slept

Kennedy, John F

Praeger, 1981-10-16. Hardcover. Good.

Sold by: BooksEntirely
$127.95

Why England Slept

Kennedy, John F

good, fair to good Wilfred Funk, Inc. New York 1961 Reprint 252, appendix, bibliography, foxing to fore-edge, DJ soiled, DJ edges worn and small tears, DJ in plastic sleeve The original edition was published in 1940; this edition contains a new foreword by Henry R. Luce. John F. Kennedy originally wrote this book as his senior thesis at Harvard. He explores the short-term weaknesses of a democratic and capitalistic system, facing a totalitarian power, under the requirements of modern warfare.

  • Published: 1961
  • Edition: Reprint
Sold by: Ground Zero Books, Ltd.
$100.00