Pearl Harbor by Steven M. Gillon
FDR Leads the Nation Into War

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Franklin D. Roosevelt famously called December 7, 1941, “a date which will live in infamy.” History would prove him correct; the events of that day—when the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor—ended the Great Depression, changed the course of FDR’s presidency, and swept America into World War II. In Pearl Harbor, acclaimed historian Steven M. Gillon provides a vivid, minute-by-minute account of Roosevelt’s skillful leadership in the wake of the most devastating military assault in American history. FDR proved both decisive and deceptive, inspiring the nation while keeping the real facts of the attack a secret from congressional leaders and the public.

Pearl Harbor explores the anxious and emotional events surrounding the attack on Pearl Harbor, showing how the president and the American public responded in the pivotal twenty-four hours that followed, a period in which America burst from precarious peace into total war.


About Steven M. Gillon

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Steven M. Gillon is Professor of History at the University of Oklahoma and Resident Historian for the History Channel. The author of numerous works of history, he lives in New York and Oklahoma.
Published October 25, 2011 by Basic Books. 250 pages
Genres: History, Political & Social Sciences, War, Biographies & Memoirs, Travel. Non-fiction

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Little useful activity and no important decisions resulted, and Gillon wisely cuts away from the confusion to deliver background information and generous biographies of FDR, Eleanor and a dozen leading figures.

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Christian Science Monitor

Roosevelt was filled with shock and horror as the news from Pearl Harbor reached the White House.

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Oregon Live

Along with virtually every professional historian, Gillon sees no evidence that Roosevelt knew the attack was coming and used it to push the United States into war.

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Deseret News

The attack on U.S. military installations across Hawaii on Dec. 7, 1941, helped shape the course of the 20th century and world history.

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St. Louis Today

In addition, photograph… We are proud of our photo staff that placed well in the 2012 Missouri APME contest.

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