Why England Slept

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


John F Kennedy


Hutchinson, London, 1940
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Printing Details

First UK edition, first printing. Hardback in dustwrapper. 19 × 12.5cm, 256pp +40pp ads (dated Fall 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, though with tanning to the pages and some spotted foxing to the pages' top edge. The dustwrapper has edgewear and small areas of loss along the top edges, with chipping and creasing to the joints and folds, and is a little faded to the spine. It has been price-clipped but is now within a protective sleeve.

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