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Why England Slept

By Kennedy, John F




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.

New York: Wilfred Funk, Inc, 1940. First edition. xx, 252 pp. 8vo. Publisher's rose cloth. Spine faded, light wear to spine ends. First edition. xx, 252 pp. 8vo. JFK's First Book, Inscribed to Newsman Arthur Krock. The first edition of John F. Kennedy's first book, inscribed to Arthur Krock: "To Mr. Krock. Who Baptized, Christened, and was Best Man for this book - with my sincere thanks, Jack Kennedy." Arthur Krock (1886-1974), the "Dean of Washington Newsmen," was Washington correspondent and bureau chief for the New York Times and wrote the "In the Nation" column. He was a close friend and political ally of Joe Kennedy and his children. He advised John F. Kennedy with the revisions of his 1939 senior honors paper, "Appeasement in Munich," in preparation for its publication the following year. It was Krock who suggested the new title, Why England Slept, a response to Churchill's While England Slept. Krock would continue to advise the young Kennedy, who thanked him In the Preface to Profiles in Courage. Ted Kennedy wrote admiringly of Krock in his tribute volume to his father: "Mr. Krock has long been one of the most respected newsmen and columnists in Washington. He was won two Pulitzer Prizes for his work. He met Dad [Joseph Kennedy] during the New Deal years and won his deep admiration. Mr. Krock advised President Kennedy in the writing of his first book, Why England Slept, and has been a source of valued help to my brothers and myself" (Edward Kennedy, The Fruitful Bough: A Tribute to Joseph P. Kennedy, p. 112). [With:] As We Remember Joe. Edited by John F. Kennedy. Privately Printed: Cambridge, Mass, 1945. First edition, second issue. Original burgundy cloth. Fine copy. Inscribed, "For Martha and Arthur Krock, Bob Kennedy. Christmas 1965." Krock contributed a short reminiscence of Joe Kennedy from the 1940 Democratic National Convention, pp. 39-41. KENNEDY, Robert F. The Enemy Within. Harper & Brothers: New York, 1960. First edition. Publisher's cloth. Spine faded. Inscribed, "To Arthur Krock, With the thanks and admiration of his friend, Bob Kennedy." Krock wrote the foreword to The Enemy Within. The Fruitful Bough: A Tribute to Joseph P. Kennedy. Collected by Edward M. Kennedy. Privately Printed, 1965. Original blue cloth. Some scuffing to front cover. Inscribed, "To Arthur Krock, Who helped make The Fruitful Bough possible. With appreciation. Ted Kennedy. Sept 6 1965." With carbon of typescript of Krock's contribution to the volume as submitted for editing.

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Why England Slept.

Kennedy, John F.

New York: Wilfred Funk, Inc, 1940. First edition of John F. Kennedy's first book. Octavo, bound in full blue leather, all edges gilt. The dedication copy of John F. Kennedy's first book, Why England Slept, with Rose Kennedy's embossed name on the front panel. This copy was specially bound for the author's mother, Rose Kennedy and presented to her. This copy brought $52,900 at the Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis sale at Sotheby's in May 1996. Housed in a full dark blue morocco clamshell box. Unique. Published the year Kennedy graduated from Harvard, Why England Slept was an expansion of his senior thesis. The title is a variation on the title of Winston Churchill's work, While England Slept, published about two years before Kennedy's. It was dedicated to John's parents, Rose and Joe Kennedy. In this work he attempts to explain why England was so poorly prepared for World War II and why England's leaders settled upon the disastrous policies of appeasement. The book served as a warning to those in our country who felt that appeasing Hitler and staying out of the war was a viable option. It became a bestseller in the United States and went through several printings in its first year. (Newcomb, 10)

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Why England Slept.

Kennedy, John F

New York: Wilfred Funk, Inc, 1940. First edition of John F. Kennedy's first book. Octavo, original red cloth. Inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper in a contemporary hand, "For Asa Bordages with best wishes Jack Kennedy." The recipient, Asa Bordages was a feature writer for the New York World-Telegram and playwright known for the 1941 play Brooklyn USA. Introduction by Henry R. Luce. Lightest of rubbing, near fine in a very good dust jacket with some small chips and wear to the extremities. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. Published the year Kennedy graduated from Harvard, Why England Slept was an expansion of his senior thesis. The title is a variation on the title of Winston Churchill's work, While England Slept, published about two years before Kennedy's. It was dedicated to John's parents, Rose and Joe Kennedy. In this work he attempts to explain why England was so poorly prepared for World War II and why England's leaders settled upon the disastrous policies of appeasement. The book served as a warning to those in our country who felt that appeasing Hitler and staying out of the war was a viable option. It became a bestseller in the United States and went through several printings in its first year. (Newcomb, 10)

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Why England Slept

Kennedy, John F

Wilfred Funk, New York, 1940. 1st Edition. Hardcover. Very Good Condition/Good. boards a bit faded/dusty Dust Jacket chipped, spine sunned. Previous owner's book-plate. Quantity Available: 1. Category: World War II; Great Britain. Pictures of this item not already displayed here available upon request. Inventory No: 20726. .

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Why England Slept.

Kennedy, John F

New York: Wilfred Funk, Inc, 1940. First edition of John F. Kennedy's first book. Octavo, original red cloth. Introduction by Henry R. Luce. Near fine in a near fine dust jacket with some light rubbing and wear to the extremities. Uncommon in this condition. Published the year Kennedy graduated from Harvard, Why England Slept was an expansion of his senior thesis. The title is a variation on the title of Winston Churchill's work, While England Slept, published about two years before Kennedy's. It was dedicated to John's parents, Rose and Joe Kennedy. In this work he attempts to explain why England was so poorly prepared for World War II and why England's leaders settled upon the disastrous policies of appeasement. The book served as a warning to those in our country who felt that appeasing Hitler and staying out of the war was a viable option. It became a bestseller in the United States and went through several printings in its first year. (Newcomb, 10).

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Why England Slept [Pre-Publication Issue]

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

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 Blanks, Four Final Blanks. 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.

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Why England Slept

Kennedy, John F.

Norwalk, CT: Easton Press, 1992. Hardcover. Very Good. Size=6.5"x9. (full book description) Easton Press, Norwalk, CT, 1992. VG+, LEATHER BOUND, DJ Not Issued. Size=6.5"x9", 252pgs. Black leather binding with 4 raised spine ribs, 2 red leather spine labels, gold stamped lettering & designs on spine & front cover, light blue moire silk endpapers, all around page end gold gilt & attached cloth page marker, owner name embossment on Half Title Page, Easton Press bookplate with owner name across from Title Page, small ink date stamp (2) inside rear endpaper, o.w. clean, bright & tight. Rest of book Like New. SELLING WORLDWIDE SINCE 1987. WE PACK WITH GREAT CARE, 99% OF OUR BOOKS ARE SHIPPED IN CUSTOM BOXES!

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Why England Slept

Kennedy, John F

Hutchinson, 1940. Hardcover. Good. A first edition, first printing published by Hutchinson in 1940. The 1940 1st British edition of JFK.s first published book, his senior thesis at Harvard, analyzing England's decision to resist Hitler when it did (rather than even earlier). The book is good+ in its red cloth, with light staining and spotting at the panels and along the spine. Plus bibliography and publisher's ads. In a good+/very good unclipped wrapper with some light chipping to the spine tips and corners. Some wear and tear to the edges.

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Why England Slept.

KENNEDY, John F. (1917-1963).

New York, NY: Wilfred Funk, 1940.. First edition. Octavo, pp.xxx; 252. Elegantly bound in half red oasis morocco over orginal pictorial cloth sides, raised bands and gilt titles to spine. Small ink mark to lower cover else a clean, fine copy. The published version of a thesis examining the rise of the German Reich, written by Kennedy during his senior year at Harvard University.

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Why England Slept

KENNEDY, John F.

New York: Wilfred Funk, 1940. Fine. First edition. Contemporary gift inscription, and a couple of very modest smudges on the boards, about fine lacking the dustwrapper. Future president's first book.

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Why England Slept

Kennedy, John F.

The Easton Press. As New with no dust jacket. 1992. Full-Leather. As New full leather edition, still in the original shrinkwrap. No names or bookplates. ; 8vo 8" - 9" tall; 252 pages .

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Why England Slept

Kennedy, John F.

The Easton Press. New with no dust jacket. 1992. Full Leather. New full leather hardcover edition, still in the original shrinkwrap. No names or bookplates. ; 8vo 8" - 9" tall .

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Why England Slept

John F Kennedy

Sidgwick & Jackson. Used - Good. Shows some signs of wear, and may have some markings on the inside. 100% Money Back Guarantee. Shipped to over one million happy customers. Your purchase benefits world literacy!

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Why England Slept

Kennedy, John F.

HC, ex-library. First Ed., Stated Sixth Printing, Oct. 1940. G. No dj. Original red cloth binding. Corners & spine ends bumped & frayed. Hinges weak, but intact. Pages tanned, with light soiling. Pages firmly bound. Deckle edges.

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Why England Slept

Kennedy, John F. (President)

London: Hutchinson of London, 1940. First UK edition. Hardcover. Good. 12mo, red cloth, 1940 publisher's adverts. of 40 pp. JFK's first book, written as a senior thesis at Harvard. His father, Joseph P. Kennedy, influenced the publication of this as a book in England. Foreword by Henry R. Luce. Ex libris the Headmaster of Tunbridge Public School

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Why England Slept

John F. Kennedy

London: Hutchinson & Co, 1940. Cloth. Good. The 1940 1st British edition of JFK.s first published book, his senior thesis at Harvard, analyzing England's decision to resist Hitler when it did (rather than even earlier). Solid and G+ in its red cloth, with light staining -and spotting-- at the panels and along the spine. 12mo, 234 pgs. plus bibliography and publisher's ads.

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Why England Slept

Kennedy, John F.

The Easton Press. Very Good- with no dust jacket. 1992. Full Leather. Very Good- full leather hardcover edition, no names or bookplates. Cover has some rubs and soiling. Gilt on page edge has some light spotting. Silk endsheets have some edge fading. ; 8vo 8" - 9" tall; 252 pages .

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Why England Slept

John F. Kennedy

Praeger, 1981-10-16. Hardcover. Used:Good.

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Why England Slept

Kennedy, John F.

Praeger. Hardcover. 1440849900 Special order direct from the distributor . New.

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Why England Slept

Kennedy, John F.

New York: Wilfred Funk, Inc, 1961. Reprint Edition. good, fair to good. 252, appendix, bibliography, foxing to fore-edge, DJ soiled, DJ edges worn and small tears, DJ in plastic sleeve. The original edition was published in 1940; this edition contains a new foreword by Henry R. Luce. John F. Kennedy originally wrote this book as his senior thesis at Harvard. He explores the short-term weaknesses of a democratic and capitalistic system, facing a totalitarian power, under the requirements of modern warfare.

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WHY ENGLAND SLEPT

Kennedy, John F.

Wilfred Funk, New York, 1961, 1961. Octavo, hardcover, fine in near fine white dj. Clean, unmarked. 252 pp. Introduction by Henry R. Luce. JFK's Harvard thesis as it was adroitly first published in 1940 through connections of his father, Joseph P. Kennedy who was serving as Ambassador to Great Britain at the time. This is a fne copy of the 1961 edition. . Hardcover. Collectible, Fine/Near Fine.

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Why England Slept

Kennedy, John F.

New York: Wilfred Funk, Inc., 1961. First printing of the new edition, with I on the copyright page and copyright 1940 given for the original edition. There is some mild toning to the edges. Otherwise a fine, apparently unread copy. The dust jacket is slightly tanned, with a bit of rubbing and edgewear. The price, $3.50, is present on the front flap. In Brodart archival dust jacket protector.. Hard Cover. Near Fine/Near Fine. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall.

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Why England Slept

Kennedy, John F

Praeger, 1981-10-16. Hardcover. Good.

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Why England Slept - 1961 printing w/ Dust Jacket!

Kennedy, John F.

Wilfred Funk Inc.. Hardcover. B00WRWQRME 1961 Funk, Hardcovers and Pages are FINE, Dust Jacket Clean and Tight showing light wear at back top. small gift inscription on front end paper. Packaged Carefully & Shipped Promptly. 100% Satisfaction Guaranteed. . Fine.

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Why England Slept

John F. Kennedy

Greenwood Press Reprint, 1981-10-16. Hardcover. Good.

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WHY ENGLAND SLEPT

Kennedy, John F

DOUBLEDAY & CO INC. Used - Good. Good condition.

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Why England Slept

Kennedy, John Fitzgerald

Greenwood Press. Used - Very Good. Great condition for a used book! Minimal wear. 100% Money Back Guarantee. Shipped to over one million happy customers. Your purchase benefits world literacy!

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Why England Slept

Kennedy, John F

Praeger. Used - Acceptable. The book is a readable copy showing signs of wear and the pages are intact. The cover may have some creases or minor tears. The dust jacket (if applicable) may be missing. The book may be an ex-library book. The book may contain: a publisher remainder mar All orders guaranteed and ship within 24 hours. Your purchase supports More Than Words, a nonprofit job training program for youth, empowering youth to take charge of their lives by taking charge of a business.

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Why England Slept

Kennedy, John F.

New York : Wilfred Funk, Inc., 1961. Book. Near Fine. Hardcover.

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THE OSAGE CEREMONIAL DANCE I'N-LON-SCHKA

CALLAHAN, ALICE ANNE

NORMAN, OK.: UNIVERSITY OF OKLAHOMA PRESS, 1990. small closed tear to dj. a.i.s.man dance organization's arbor thetford homestead label affixed to front paste-down.. Signed By Author. FIRST EDITION. HARDCOVER. VG/VG.

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Marine Food and Game Fishes of California

Fitch, John E. and Robert J. Lavenberg

University of CA Press, Pub., Berkeley, CA., 1971, 1st edition, California Natural History Guides #28, Illustrations by Eric Templeton; Photographs by Daniel W. Gotshall and Charles H. Turner, fine condition, bound in illustrated paper wraps, paperback, J

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TIMOTHY'S QUEST a Story for Anybody, Young or Old, Who Cares to Read it

WIGGIN, KATE DOUGLAS

BOSTON, MA: HOUGHTON, MIFFLIN & CO., 1891. FIRST EDITION(TWELFTH THOUSAND). HARDCOVER. VG.

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H.M.S. Surprise

O'Brian, Patrick

London: Fontana. 1976. vg-. Paperback. 379pp; text clean + tight, pp toned; lt wear to wraps; ISBN:0006141811 .

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