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Why England Slept [Pre-Publication Issue]

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Why England Slept [Pre-Publication Issue]

by Kennedy, John F. (Fitzgerals), Foreword By Henry R. Luce

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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 Blank Leaves, Four Final Blank Leaves. Red Pencil Note On Front Sheet, "Publication / Aug 1St /Price $2.00", (Actually Published In July According To Doris Kearns Goodwin), 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.


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 [Pre-Publication Issue]
Kennedy, John F. (Fitzgerals), Foreword By Henry R. Luce
Plain Wrappers
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Used - Very Good + Book
Jacket condition
Good Dustjacket
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First Edition
Wilfrid Funk, Inc.
Place of Publication
New York
Date published
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Military History; Rare And Unusual Books;

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