December 1941 by Craig Shirley
31 Days that Changed America and Saved the World

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There are 31 chapters in the book, one for each day of the month. Each makes the reader feel he is sitting there as major and minor decisions are made.
-Washington Times

Synopsis

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 to war.


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 declassified 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 war.


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.


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 pitched battle for the preservation of its very way of life, a battle that would forever change the nation and the world.

 

About Craig Shirley

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Craig Shirley is the author of the critically praised bestsellers about Ronald Reagan, Rendezvous with Destiny and Reagan's Revolution. He is the president of Shirley & Banister Public Affairs. Shirley and his wife, Zorine, are the parents of four children. They reside in Lancaster, Virginia.
 
Published November 19, 2013 by Thomas Nelson. 697 pages
Genres: History, War. Non-fiction
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Washington Times

Excellent
on Nov 18 2011

There are 31 chapters in the book, one for each day of the month. Each makes the reader feel he is sitting there as major and minor decisions are made.

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Open Letters Monthly

Good

The signal great achievement of Shirley’s book is to bring alive again – briefly, and dressed in all its finest contradictions, that earlier world.

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Reason Magazine

Above average
on Dec 07 2011

In his powerful, thickly researched new book, December 1941: 31 Days That Changed America and Saved the World, Craig Shirley chronicles the day-by-day shifts in American culture, politics, and national identity through that horrible month.

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WND

Excellent
Reviewed by Jim Fletcher on Dec 13 2011

We have a shared history, as people blessed to live in this great land. We can be grateful to Craig Shirley for sharing such a supreme moment in such an extraordinary way.

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The Heritage Foundation

Excellent

... Craig Shirley presents a fascinating and meticulously researched look at the American home front...during a month that radically changed the American way of life.

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Under the Radar

Good
on Dec 06 2011

...Shirley’s day-by-day account manages to shed new light on a critical period in our history. Check it out.

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