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Why England Slept; Introduction by Henry R. Luce by  John F Kennedy - Signed First Edition - 1940 - from Montgomery Rare Books & Manuscripts (SKU: 2435)

Why England Slept; Introduction by Henry R. Luce

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Why England Slept; Introduction by Henry R. Luce

by Kennedy, John F

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New York: Wilfred Funk, Inc, 1940. First Edition. Red cloth with blue and white sleeping lion on the cover and white text on blue band on spine. Very good/not present. SIGNED "Ted Kennedy" on Don Quixote bookplate affixed to front end paper. 5.35" x 8,25" pp. [x] xxx 3-252. Blued top edge faded, glue spotting to front and rear end paper, limited toning along edges, spot on front cover. DJ not present, light wear to corners, dent on lower front right and top center, light wear to head / tail of spine, small scratch bottom rear cover. Text block is a clean copy, no inscriptions, notes or previous owner names, of a seminal book from one who was destined to become a great politician. This is the first U.S. edition of the first book of a future President. Derived from his senior thesis at Harvard, it was subsequently published in Great Britain while his father was Ambassador to the Court of St. James.<br/><br/>Edward Moore Kennedy (1932 - 2009) was the youngest son of the political Kennedy clan and as a U.S. Senator from Massachusetts for almost 47 years, from 1962 until his death in 2009. A member of the Democratic Party, he was the second most senior member of the Senate when he died and is the fourth-longest-continuously-serving senator in United States history. He became recognized as "The Lion of the Senate" through his long tenure and influence. Kennedy was the younger brother of President John F. Kennedy and U.S. Attorney General and U.S. Senator Robert F. Kennedy, and was the father of Congressman Patrick J. Kennedy. "This does not mean that labor is entirely to blame for Britain's lack of preparation. The Government and business were equally short-sighted. I cite this instance because it contains an important illustration of the problems with which a democracy must be face when dealing with a modern defense program." (p 202).


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; Introduction by Henry R. Luce
Kennedy, John F
Red cloth with blue and white sleeping lion on the cover and white text on blue band on spine
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Used - Very good
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First Edition
Wilfred Funk, Inc
Place of Publication
New York
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