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Pearl Harbor Christmas: A World at War, December 1941

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  • Posted January 2, 2012

    Fine read. A different Christmas reading experience.

    The geo politics of the 30's & 40"s continues to make interesting reading. Add to that another glimpse into the interaction between Misters Roosevelt and Churchill; we get another lesson in the value of relationships. A prolonged depresssion and a world war; the spirit of Christmas still gives hope.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 11, 2011

    Great blend of history and holiday

    I had been awaiting the publication of Dr. Weintraub's book ever since I saw it announced earlier in the year and I wasn't disappointed when I read it. I'm particularly fascinated by mid-20th century American history, particularly Home Front-related books, having covered this particular period in my own writing. Dr. Weintraub does a very good job of blending mega-events such as Churchill's surprise visit and the terrible war news from the Pacific almost daily - with individualized anecdotes and the aura of the day. Readers who know of, or perhaps had lived, through that era will slip back in time as they read about anti-aircraft guns on top of hotels, blackouts, etc. He also takes the reader to enemy and occupied settings: a bookstore in Paris where a German officer wants the last available copy of James Joyce's Finnegan's Wake and is turned away by a determined (presumed) American shopkeeper; and on board a Japanese destroyer that had taken part in the Pearl Harbor attack. My only disappointment - minor, though, not enough to affect my 5-star rating - is that Dr. Weintraub's book is "top-heavy," i.e., the majority of the content relates to global politics, the mega-personalities such as Churchill and Roosevelt, General officers, etc. My own personal interest is the minutia of everyday, average Americans and American life: what shopping was like in urban downtown Christmases that year; how parents struggled to have a merry Christmas holiday even while facing the prospect of their sons heading off to war. Some of that is in the book but not enough to satisfy what really grabs me personally as a reader for this type of book. But again that's a personal interest and Dr. Weintraub is a historian, and the book he wrote does reflect his specialty and he does so very well in my opinion.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 9, 2013

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    An interesting montage of details

    This book brings an interesting perspective to the events just after Pearl Harbor in which FDR and the US begin to plan the US participation in WWII. I found the detailed accounts and weaving together of different events which were occurring in different parts of the world quite enlightening. The contrast of the US before Pearl Harbor and after in the context of Christmas and New Year's was also insightful. The book suffers from not having a clear goal nor a clear conclusion, so it reads like a montage of events without purpose. However, I still recommend this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 7, 2012

    Good read for those interested in WW II history

    Good read for those individuals with an interest in WWII history. Not a great book, easy read. Interestig tidbits of histoy.

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