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.

by Kennedy, John F

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1940
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New York: Wilfred Funk, Inc, 1940. First edition of John F. Kennedy's first book. Octavo, original red cloth. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, "To Miss Brown with many thanks for her help in bringing out this book Best wishes Jack Kennedy." The recipient Mona Brown was a personal assistant and secretary to Joseph… Read more
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Why England Slept.

by Kennedy, John F

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1940
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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… Read more
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Why England Slept.

by Kennedy, John F

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1940
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New York: Wilfred Funk, Inc, 1940. First edition, early printing of John F. Kennedy's first book. Octavo, original red cloth. Boldly signed in a contemporary hand "Jack Kennedy" on the front free endpaper. Near fine in a near fine very good. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. Published the year Kennedy graduated from Harvard, Why England Slept… Read more
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Why England Slept [Pre-Publication Issue]

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

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Arroyo Seco Books
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1940
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Very Good + Book
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First Edition
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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… Read more
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Why England Slept

by KENNEDY, John F.

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Published
1940
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Fine
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New York: Wilfred Funk, 1940. Hardcover. Fine/Near Fine. First edition. Fine in near fine dustwrapper sunning at the spine and touch of wear at the corners. Future president's first book.
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Why England Slept

by Kennedy, John F.; Introduction by Henry R. Luce

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Dale Steffey Books
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1940
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First Edition
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New York: Wilfred Funk, Inc. , 1940. First Edition, First Printing of John F. Kennedy's first book. Near Fine, slight browning to end pages, topstain a bit lightened at spine end, in a Very Good dust jacket, front flap bottom corner clipped yet still showing Price $ with part of the 2 present ( see scan), light edgewear, rear… Read more
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Why England Slept

by Kennedy, John F.

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1940
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Very Good
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First Edition
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New York: Wilfred Funk, 1940. First Edition. Hardcover. Very Good. 252 pp. First edition, first printing in dust jacket with publisher's price of $2.00 intact. Very Good, with patches of paper adhered to rear cover pulled from blank verso of the dust jacket. End sheets offset from binder's glue, small vintage bookseller's ticker to front free end paper.… Read more
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WHY ENGLAND SLEPT

by Kennedy, John F.

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1940
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Very good
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First Edition
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New York: Wilfred Funk, Inc, 1940. First Edition. Hardcover. Very good/Good. An advance copy of the author's first book, with a printed presentation card from the publisher laid in. The published version of a thesis written by future U.S. President John F. Kennedy (1917-63) during his senior year at Harvard College. It examines the failures of the British… Read more
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Why England Slept

by Kennedy, John F

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1940
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Very Good Condition
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1st Edition
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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. Dust jacket in mylar guard. 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

by Kennedy, John F.

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1940
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Fine
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First Edition
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New York: Wilfred Funk, Inc, 1940. First Edition. Hardcover. Fine/Very Good. Introduction by Henry R. Luce. Fine in a Very Good jacket, unclipped ($2.00), rubbed at the surface and edges, a few small chips, two strips of reinforcement at the head and foot of the spine. Red buckram with blue and white ink lettering and designs on the… Read more
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Why England Slept

by Kennedy, John F.

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Published
1940
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Very good
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First Edition, First Printing
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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… Read more
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Why England Slept

by Kennedy, John F.

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1940
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Very good.
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First
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New York: Funk, 1940. First. hardcover. Very good./Very good.. A very good first edition in a very good dust jacket, with the $2,00 price still present on the front flap. The author's first book. Laid in is a postcard from the publisher asking for the recipient's impressions of the book. The recipient, K. Urban, writes that the author… Read more
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Why England Slept

by John F. Kennedy

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1940
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Near Fine
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2nd Edition
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Wilfred Funk, 1940. Book. Near Fine. Hardcover. 2nd Edition. 8vo - over 7¾ - 9¾" tall. Near Fine Copy Small Bit Of Staining Rare 2nd Edition of The Future President's First Book Rare In This Condition Ownership Name and Small Book Plate Handsome Copy..
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Why England Slept

by Kennedy, John F

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1940
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Good
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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… Read more
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Why England Slept

by Kennedy, John F.

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First U.K. Edition, First Printing
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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… Read more
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Why England Slept

by John F. Kennedy

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Jeff Bergman Books ABAA/ILAB
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1940
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2nd Edition
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Wilfred Funk, 1940. Book. Near Fine. Hardcover. 2nd Edition. 8vo - over 7¾ - 9¾" tall. Near Fine Copy In Like Jacket.$2.00 on Flap. 2nd Edition The Futhure President First Book Very Rare In This Condition Beautiful Fresh Copy..
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Why England Slept

by KENNEDY, John F.

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1940
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Fine
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New York: Wilfred Funk, 1940. Hardcover. 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

by Kennedy, John F.

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1992-01-01
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1992-01-01. VeryGood.
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Why England Slept; Introduction by Henry R. Luce

by Kennedy, John F.

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Montgomery Rare Books & Manuscripts
Published
1940
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Very good
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First Edition
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New York: Wilfred Funk, Inc, 1940. First Edition. Red cloth with blue and white sleeping lion on the cover and white text on blue band on spine. Very good/not present. SIGNED "Ted Kennedy" on Don Quixote bookplate affixed to front end paper. 5.35" x 8,25" pp. [x] xxx 3-252. Blued top edge faded, glue spotting to front and… Read more
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Why England Slept

by Kennedy, John F.

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The First Edition Rare Books, LLC
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1940
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Near fine
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First Edition, Sixth Printing
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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.… Read more
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Why England Slept

by Kennedy, John F.

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Published
1992
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As New with no dust jacket
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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

by Kennedy, John F

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1940
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WILFRED FUNK, 1940. HDJ. VG- / NONE. VERY-GOOD-MINUS HARDBACK-WITH-DUSTJACKET. FIRST EDITION, 6TH PRINTING. NO DUSTJACKET; BOOK IS VERY-GOOD EXCEPT SOME DARKENING OF ENDPAPERS/FLYLEAFS NEAR HINGES (WHICH ARE IN GOOD CONDITION OTHERWISE)
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Why England Slept

by Kennedy, John F.

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1992
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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

by Kennedy, John F.

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Mid-York Library System
Published
1940
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G
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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

by Kennedy, John F. (President)

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Thomas J. Joyce And Company
Published
1940
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Good
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First UK edition
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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… Read more
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WHY ENGLAND SLEPT.

by Kennedy, John F.

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1992
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Easton Press, 1992. Hardcover. Good. Pages can have notes/highlighting. Spine may show signs of wear. ~ ThriftBooks: Read More, Spend Less.Shelf and handling wear to cover and binding, with general signs of previous use. Stated collector's edition, 1992. All edges gilt; sky silk page-marker attached to binding; Sky moiré end pages. No dust… Read more
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Why England Slept

by Kennedy, John F.

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Published
1961
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Good
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Reprint Edition. Presumed first printing thus
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New York: Wilfred Funk, Inc, 1961. Reprint Edition. Presumed first printing thus. Hardcover. Good/Good. xxviii, [4], 252 pages. Appendix. Bibliography, DJ soiled, DJ edges worn and small tears/chips. 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… Read more
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Why England Slept

by John F. Kennedy

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Appledore Books, ABAA
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1940
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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… Read more
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WHY ENGLAND SLEPT

by Kennedy, John F

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Sage Rare & Collectible Books, IOBA
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1961
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Very Good+ in Good dust jacket
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Wilfred Funk, Inc.. Very Good+ in Good dust jacket. 1961. Hardcover. Grey cloth cover is sunned at extremities with modest wear to corners and small worn spot along top edge but clean and in very good+ condition. Boards and spine are straight. Binding is tight. Pages are clean and pristine. Book has never been cracked open. Dust… Read more
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Why England Slept

by Kennedy, John F.

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Published
1961
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Wilfred Funk, Inc.. Good/Good. 1961. Hard Cover.
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Why England Slept

by Kennedy, John F.

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Ground Zero Books, Ltd.
Published
1961
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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… Read more
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WHY ENGLAND SLEPT

by Kennedy, John F.

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1961
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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… Read more
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WHY ENGLAND SLEPT

by Kennedy, John F.

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1961
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New York: Wilfred Funk, Inc, 1961. Hardcover. Very good/Very good. First edition thus, a reissue of the 1940 first edition with a new foreword by Henry R. Luce. The published version of a thesis written by future U.S. President John F. Kennedy (1917-63) during his senior year at Harvard College. It examines the failures of the British government… Read more
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Why England Slept

by Kennedy, John F.

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Published
1961
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New York: William Funk Inc. , 1961. Written when John F Kennedy was a senior at Harvard and published in 1940. "A brilliant appraisal of the tragic events of the thirties that led to World War II. This one is ex-library but textblock tight and square. Boards are in good shape except that jacket is taped to… Read more
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Why England Slept

by John F. Kennedy

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Published
1981-10-16
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Used:Good
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9780313228742
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Praeger, 1981-10-16. Hardcover. Used:Good.
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WHY ENGLAND SLEPT

by Kennedy, John F.

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Published
1961
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Very Good+ in Very Good dustjacket
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NY: Wilfred Funk, Inc.. Very Good+ in Very Good dustjacket. 1961. Hardcover. The dustjacket is now protected in a new, removable mylar sleeve. ; Foreword by Henry R. Luce. ; Small 8vo 7½" - 8" ; 252 pages .
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WHY ENGLAND SLEPT

by Kennedy, John F.

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1961
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Very Good in Good dustjacket
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NY: Wilfred Funk, Inc.. Very Good in Good dustjacket. 1961. Hardcover. Some old damp-staining on the jacket's spine, else it is good to good+. The book is very good and clean. The dustjacket is now protected in a new, removable mylar sleeve. ; Foreword by Henry R. Luce. ; Small 8vo 7½" - 8" ;… Read more
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Why England Slept

by Kennedy, John F.

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UsedGood. Condition: GOOD. (Book may have one or a combination of the following characteristics: former library book, dust jacket missing, cover wear, name written inside cover, considerable underlining/highlighting, remainder mark, binding loose, binding slants, p
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Why England Slept

by Kennedy, John F.

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1962-01-01
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Why England Slept

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1981-10-16
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Greenwood Press Reprint, 1981-10-16. Hardcover. Good.
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Why England Slept

by John F. Kennedy

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Doubleday. Used - Good. Good condition. (History)
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Why England Slept

by John F. Kennedy

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1962
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Doubleday, 1962. Mass Market Paperback. Good. Disclaimer:A copy that has been read, but remains in clean condition. All pages are intact, and the cover is intact. The spine may show signs of wear. Pages can include limited notes and highlighting, and the copy can include previous owner inscriptions. At ThriftBooks, our motto is: Read More, Spend Less.Dust… Read more
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Why England Slept

by John F. Kennedy

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1962
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Doubleday, 1962. Mass Market Paperback. Acceptable. Readable copy. Pages may have considerable notes/highlighting. ~ ThriftBooks: Read More, Spend Less.Dust jacket quality is not guaranteed.
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Why England Slept

by Kennedy, John F.

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Published
1962
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Dolphin Books. 1962. Paperback. UsedGood. Paperback; fading and shelf wear to exterior; staining to back cover; newsp aper clipping affixed to the front end page, acompanied by a note; otherwis e in good condition with clean text and tight binding. .
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Marine Food and Game Fishes of California

by Fitch, John E. and Robert J. Lavenberg

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Transmutation Publishing
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1971
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Fine
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First Edition
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1971. First Edition. Softcover. Fine/No dj. 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

by WIGGIN, KATE DOUGLAS

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1891
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BOSTON, MA: HOUGHTON, MIFFLIN & CO., 1891. twelfth thousand. HARDCOVER. VG.
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