December 1941

Craig Shirley [9 years ago]

December 1941 Book CoverDownload or Read Online December 1941 Free eBook PDF/ePub Craig Shirley , In the days before the attack on Pearl Harbor, America was largely focused on the war in Europe, but when planes dropped out of a clear blue sky and bombed the American naval base and aerial targets in Hawaii, everything changed in an instant. December 1941 takes you into the moment-by-moment ordeal of a nation waking to war.

In December 1941, bestselling author Craig Shirley celebrates the American spirit while reconstructing the events that called it to shine with rare and piercing light. Shirley puts readers on the ground and the thick of the action.

Relying on daily news reports from around the country and recently declassified government papers, Shirley sheds light on the crucial diplomatic exchanges leading up to the attack, the policies on the internment of Japanese people living in the U.S. after the assault, and the near-total overhaul of the U.S. economy to prepare for war.

Shirley paints a compelling portrait of pre-war American culture--from the fashion and the celebrities to common pastimes. His portrait of America at war is just as vivid, highlighting:
The surge in heroism, self-sacrifice, mass military enlistments, and national unityThe prodigious talents of Hollywood and Tin Pan AlleyTroubling price-controls and rationing, federal economic takeover, and censorship
Featuring colorful personalities including Franklin Roosevelt, Winston Churchill, U.S. Secretary of State Cordell Hull, and General Douglas MacArthur, December 1941 highlights a period of profound change in American government, foreign and domestic policy, law, economics, and business, chronicling the developments day by day through that singular and momentous month.

December 1941 features surprising revelations, amusing anecdotes, and heart-wrenching stories, and also explores the unique religious and spiritual dimension of a culture under assault on the eve of Christmas. Before the attack on Pearl Harbor, the closest thing to war for the Americans was uncoordinated, mediocre war games in South Carolina.

Less than thirty days later, by the end of December 1941, the nation was involved in a battle for the preservation of its very way of life--a battle that would forever change the nation and the world.

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December 1941 Book Reviews

December 1941
Well done and accurate as I remember living during the war years and observing it through the eyes of a child whose family was bereft of men because of the war.

History Hampered by Political Bias
Better title would have been "December 1941 As Seen by a 21st Century Ultraconservative." Little that happens in 1941 Washington is described without an aside attacking the New Deal, complaining about weak Republican responses, failed Democratic policies, etc. If readers ignore the recognizable events of that time, they will feel they are reading a summary of the current Fox "news." Even if one can overlook this serious flaw, the contribution to our knowledge of those momentous days in 1941 is minimal. Better has been done, several times -- but in reading this book I did learn that on a day in December of 1941, a popular teacher committed suicide after being hounded by a community busybody.


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