While England Slept by Winston Churchill
Churchill, Winston. While England Slept. Fourth Printing. 1938. Book is in very good minus condition; dust jacket is in good plus condition—pages show mild foxing, and jacket shows minor fraying, edge tears, and a chip to the upper spine.
In the tumultuous 1930s, as Germany was re-arming, England might have been asleep, but Winston Churchill was not. He foresaw the hazards of a revitalized Germany military and sought to convince his fellow legislators in the House of Commons to take the threat seriously as well. This is a collection of forty speeches he gave on the subject, which in retrospect we know to be prescient, but they failed to gain the necessary traction at the time. It is a classic work, and like so much material related to the great English statesman, is highly prized by collectors. It is a difficult book to find with a jacket that is not in tatters: this is a rather attractive and well-preserved copy.
“I cannot conceive how, in the present state of Europe, and of our position in Europe, we can delay in establishing the principle of having an Air Force at least as strong as that of any power that can get at us.”