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Why England Slept (ISBN 0313228744) is the published version of a thesis written by John F. Kennedy while in his senior year at Harvard College. Published in 1940,[1] the book examines the failures of the British government to take steps to prevent World War II and is notable for its uncommon stance of not castigating the appeasement policy of the British government at the time, instead suggesting that an earlier confrontation between the United Kingdom and Nazi Germany could well have been more disastrous in the long run. One could consider these to be bold words given that at the time of writing the German army was sweeping across Europe and appeared near-invincible. Image File history File links Sleeping_england. ... Image File history File links Sleeping_england. ... Look up thesis in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... John Fitzgerald Kennedy (May 29, 1917 – November 22, 1963), also referred to as John F. Kennedy, JFK, John Kennedy, or Jack Kennedy, was the 35th President of the United States. ... Harvard Yard Harvard College is the undergraduate section and oldest school of Harvard University, having been founded in 1636. ... Her Majestys Government, or when the sovereign is male, His Majestys Government, abbreviated HMG, is the formal title used by the Government of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and the governments of some other kingdoms where executive authority is theoretically vested in the monarch... This article is becoming very long. ... It has been suggested that Appeasement of Hitler be merged into this article or section. ... Nazi Germany, or the Third Reich, commonly refers to Germany in the years 1933–1945, when it was under the firm control of the totalitarian and fascist ideology of the Nazi Party, with the Führer Adolf Hitler as dictator. ...


The book was originally intended to be no more than a college thesis and is not considered to be particularly well written (it was rated as a magna cum laude by Professor Henry A. Yeomans and as a cum laude plus by Professor Carl J. Friedrich). However, Kennedy's father, Joseph P. Kennedy, Sr., always keen to elevate his sons' reputation for future political standing, pulled strings with his publishing contacts to secure its release. Latin honors are Latin phrases used to indicate the level of academic distinction with which an academic degree was earned. ... Joe Kennedy Joseph Joe Patrick Kennedy, Sr. ...


As ambassador to Britain the elder Kennedy supported Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain's policy of appeasement during the late 30's.


Its title was an allusion to Winston Churchill's 1938 book While England Slept, which also examined the buildup of German power. This article is becoming very long. ...

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References

  1. ^ Why England Slept. Museum Store. John F Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum. Retrieved on 2006-09-19.

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taoyue.com: Book Reviews - Why England Slept (1309 words)
Why England Slept is a study of Britain's delayed rearmament prior to World War II.
"Brave little England" was little not in the land area of Empire she controlled, but in comparison to the rearmed German juggernaut.
Why England Slept is not overwhelmingly brilliant, and someone not interested in the subject matter may see merely a collection of minutiae from newspapers and publicly available government documents, sprinkled with bits of analysis.
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Why England Slept was viewed as something of a “man bites dog” novelty act—a critique by Kennedy’s son of those very individuals and institutions which his father had endorsed and encouraged through his own  appeasement.
Why England Slept (despite his father’s hyperbolic boast to Churchill in a letter that “it is already a best-seller in the nonfiction group”) did only marginally better at twelve thousand copies.
While England Slept, warning of the storm clouds of war gathering across the English Channel, was deemed sufficient to meet public demand in a country of tens of millions).
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