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Why England Slept by  John F Kennedy - First Edition, Sixth Printing - 1940 - from The First Edition Rare Books, LLC (SKU: 10931)

Why England Slept

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Why England Slept

by Kennedy, John F

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New York: Wilfred Funk, Inc, 1940. First Edition, Sixth Printing. Cloth. Near fine/very good. First edition, sixth printing of Why England Slept by John F. Kennedy.. Octavo, xxx, 252pp, [5]. Red cloth boards, title stamped in white over blue, light wear to top edge of spine. The sixth printing, printed "October, 1940," as stated on the copyright page. Solid text block, free of any marks or notations. (Newcomb 10) In publisher's sixth state dust jacket, with "Sixth Large Printing" statement on front cover, $2.00 price on front flap, some chipping along top edge, previous bookseller's tag on front panel, an overall bright example. Why England Slept is an expansion of John F. Kennedy's Harvard Thesis, which examines England's lack of preparedness for the rising threat of World War II.


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
First edition, sixth printing of Why England Slept by John F. Kennedy.
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First Edition, Sixth Printing
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