New York: Wilfred Funk, Inc, 1940. First Edition. Octavo. . 252pp., published the year Kennedy graduated from Harvard and was an expansion of his senior thesis. The title is a variation of Winston Churchill's work "While England Slept". Kennedy attempts to explain why England was so poorly prepared for World War II and why England's leaders settled upon disastrous policies. It became a bestseller and went though several printings in its first year. (Newcome, 10) A handsome copy bound in pictorial maroon cloth stamped in blue and white depicting a sleeping lion, spine lettering white over blue, darkening to pastedowns from binder's glue, near fine in very good unclipped dust jacket with light edge wear, chipping to spine ends fold of spine and front panel partly split at foot, rear flap corner clipped at top. An attractive copy.
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