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Why England Slept by  John F Kennedy - First U.K. Edition, First Printing - n.d. - from Montgomery Rare Books & Manuscripts (SKU: 8)

Why England Slept

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Why England Slept

by Kennedy, John F

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London: Hutchinson & Co, n.d.. First U.K. Edition, First Printing. Red cloth stamped in black. Very good/good +. 16mo 5" x 7." pp. [xii] xxxiii 37-25 plus 16 pp. ads. JFK's Harvard thesis as it was adroitly published through connections of his father, Joseph P. Kennedy who was serving as Ambassador to Great Britain at the time. Wear to head of spine, slightly leaning spine, edges toned, tiny closed tears to upper edges of front free end paper & half title page. In pictorial dust jacket with edge wear & chips to corners, but price intact. Personal library paste down on front end paper, no owner written in, covering name in blue ink, "L. Esconde Mondude / Winchmore Hill Rd. No. 21" Forward by Henry R. Luce. "With this new spirit alive in England my story ends. England is now awake; it had taken a great shock to bring home a realization of the enormity of the task it was facing. All the latent energy stored up in England during the last seven years is being expended in vigorous drive for victory. Industry and labour, the rich and the poor, are contributing to England's fight for survival, with the knowledge that this is a supreme test of democracy's ability to survive in this changing world." (p 217).


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
Red cloth stamped in black
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