Pearl Harbor Christmas by Stanley Weintraub
A World at War, December 1941

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Christmas 1941 came little more than two weeks after the attack on Pearl Harbor. The shock—in some cases overseas, elation—was worldwide. While Americans attempted to go about celebrating as usual, the reality of the just-declared war was on everybody’s mind. United States troops on Wake Island were battling a Japanese landing force and, in the Philippines, losing the fight to save Luzon. In Japan, the Pearl Harbor strike force returned to Hiroshima Bay and toasted its sweeping success. Across the Atlantic, much of Europe was frozen in grim Nazi occupation.

Just three days before Christmas, Churchill surprised Roosevelt with an unprecedented trip to Washington, where they jointly lit the White House Christmas tree. As the two Allied leaders met to map out a winning wartime strategy, the most remarkable Christmas of the century played out across the globe.

Pearl Harbor Christmas is a deeply moving and inspiring story about what it was like to live through a holiday season few would ever forget.

 

About Stanley Weintraub

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Stanley Weintraub is a preeminent historian and an award-winning author of more than fifty highly acclaimed books of history and biography, including Pearl Harbor Christmas, Silent Night, 11 Days in December, Victoria, and Disraeli. He lives in Newark, Delaware.
 
Published November 1, 2011 by Da Capo Press. 227 pages
Genres: History, Travel, War. Non-fiction

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The author brilliantly juxtaposes the horror and violence of war with the tender nostalgia of Christmas, including gift ideas where “a new Ford or Chevrolet, both soon to be unobtainable, cost $900.” Weintraub cites war memoirs, military dispatches, speeches and diary entries, all to great effect...

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Stanley Weintraub’s Pearl Harbor Christmas: A World at War, December 1941, is a tightly-packed but readable account of the “12 days of Christmas” beginning two weeks after the Japanese attack on the U.S. Pacific fleet in Pearl Harbor (that is, December 21, 1941, to January 1, 1942).

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In his third book about wartime Christmases, Weintraub skillfully weaves tales of the bad news of the war with tales that convey the spirit of the holiday.

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City Book Review

The book is interesting in parts, but those parts are far apart and not interesting enough to hold focus for the entire book.

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St. Louis Today

Today is the High Holy Day of American Consumption, the day when we gather with friends and family and discuss which companies are doing the b… Small investors suddenly are buying stocks again.

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Portland Book Review

I bet you will find something that will interest you wp.me/P2DwkQ-bv0 5 stars for a cleverly devised mystery set in PDX a must read for the tween reader in your family wp.me/p2DwkQ-cmT http://t.co/FN0NuUFC The 1941 Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor is one of the most significant periods of t...

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Nashville Public Library

Christmas 1941 found the whole world immersed in war and the United States still stunned by the shock of the attack on Pearl Harbor.

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