Nation: Lasting Lessons

In the grey spring of 1940, when most of Europe had fallen to Hitler's legions, Arthur Krock, then the Washington bureau chief of the New York Times, read and was deeply impressed by the college thesis of a 23-year-old Harvard senior. Krock urged that the paper be published in book form—and with the title Why England Slept, it sold some 40,000 copies on both sides of the Atlantic. As a study of the mistakes that took Britain into war, and as a warning to the U.S. against such errors, Why England Slept was a considerable achievement. Reprinted this week, it points...

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