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Why England Slept by  John F Kennedy - First Edition, First Printing - 1940 - from The First Edition Rare Books, LLC (SKU: 10930)

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, First Printing. Cloth. Very good/very good. First edition, first 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. First printing, with no additional printings mentioned on the copyright page. Solid text block, free of any marks or notations. (Newcomb 10) In publisher's first state dust jacket, $2.00 price on front flap, blurb by Henry R. Luce on back panel and no mention of later printings on front panel. Some loss to top edge of spine, faint toning to spine, chipping along top edge, an overall bright and attractive example of this scarce dust jacket. 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, first printing of Why England Slept by John F. Kennedy.
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First Edition, First Printing
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