post date: December 21, 2011December 1941: 31 Days That Changed America and Saved the World is like stepping into a time machine and entering a world that long ago disappeared.This is the story of one particular month as told through contemporary newspaper accounts. Author Craig Shirley dug through mountains of dusty newspaper clippings and long-forgotten microfilm to tell the story of how America reacted to the shock of the attack on Pearl Harbor. The book takes you through December 1941 one day at a time, one chapter for each day. There is very little foreshadowing here. Mostly you get the sense of a complacent nation suddenly transforming itself for war in Europe and in the Pacific.
Stanley Weintraub has written a similar (though not identical) book called Pearl Harbor Christmas: A World at War, December 1941, focusing more closely on the events of December 22-31, 1941. Together these two books remind the reader of world-shaking events that took place 70 years ago this month.
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