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Why England Slept by John F. Kennedy

Why England Slept (1940)

by John F. Kennedy

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John Kennedy's account of the period before World War II explaining the policy of appeasement --a bit odd since his father as US ambassador to Britain did not really support the war. ( )
  antiquary | Dec 13, 2013 |
This is a perceptive analysis of what determined England's behavior from 1931 to 1939 in regard to national defense and war. Since we know the author was born in May of 1917 and this book came out in June of 1940, we also know the author was barely 23 at the time the book was published. I find the book has well stood the test of the events since it was published. Its reading today is well worth the time spent in doing so. ( )
  Schmerguls | Aug 28, 2007 |
JFK wrote this while in collage and pubished in mid 1940, partly in response to Churchills' 1938 book "while England Slept".
In his introduction he answers churchill this way ""... it appears extremely shortsighted to dismiss superficially England's present position as the result of one man or one group of men's blindness...But,given the conditions of democratic goverment...it is unreasonable to blame the entire situation on one man or group".
Of the US he states "The investigations of the last month in America have shown that we are in no position to criticize blindly. It was a great shock to America to wake up one morning...and find that her supposeedly invulnerable position between two large oceans was invulnerable no longer."
a little further on he continues "...if Hitler suceeds in winning the present war, the position of America will remarkably similar of that of England during the last decade."
This is a must read for any serious WW2 reader. ( )
  usnmm2 | Apr 10, 2007 |
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Written by John F. Kennedy in 1940 when he was still in college and reprinted in 1961 when he was president, this book is an appraisal of the tragic events of the thirties that led to World War II. It is an account of England's unpreparedness for war and a study of the shortcomings of democracy when confronted by the menace of totalitarianism.

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