Why England Slept

John F Kennedy's study of British Government's lack of action before the Second World War


John F Kennedy, foreword by Henry R Luce


Hutchinson, London, 1940
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Printing Details

First UK edition, first printing. Hardback in dustwrapper. 19 × 12.5cm, 256pp +16pp ads (dated Autumn 1940)

Why England Slept is the published version of a thesis written by John F. Kennedy in his senior year at Harvard College. Published in 1940, Kennedy's book examines the failures of the British government to take steps to prevent World War II and its initial lack of response to Adolf Hitler's threats of war. An appendix carries speeches by Neville Chamberlain and Viscount Swinton, and a bibliography.


The book is in good condition but with quite heavy tanning to the pages. The binding is secure, and there is a previous owner's name to the front pastedown. The dustwrapper is heavily creased to the edges and suffers significant loss at the spine ends and a smaller amount of loss to the top edge of the rear panel. However, it has not been price-clipped and is now within a protective sleeve.

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