31 Days That Changed America and Saved the World
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In the days before the attack on Pearl Harbor, eyes in
America were focused on the war in Europe or distracted by
the elevated mood sweeping the country in the final days of
the Great Depression. But when planes dropped out of a clear
blue sky and bombed the American naval base and aerial
targets in Hawaii, all of that changed. December 1941 takes
readers into the moment-by-moment ordeal of a nation waking
Best-selling author Craig Shirley celebrates
the American spirit while reconstructing the events that
called it to shine with rare and piercing light. By turns
nostalgic and critical, he puts readers on the ground in the
stir and the thick of the action. Relying on daily news
reports from around the country and recently declassifi ed
government papers, Shirley sheds light on the crucial
diplomatic exchanges leading up to the attack, the policies
on internment of Japanese living in the U.S. after the
assault, and the near-total overhaul of the U.S. economy for
Shirley paints a compelling portrait of pre-war
American culture: the fashion, the celebrities, the
pastimes. And his portrait of America at war is just as
vivid: heroism, self-sacrifice, mass military enlistments,
national unity and resolve, and the prodigious talents of
Hollywood and Tin Pan Alley aimed at the Axis Powers, as
well as the more troubling price-controls and rationing,
federal economic takeover, and censorship.
Featuring colorful personalities such as 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.
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 pitched 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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