In the Dark Streets Shineth: A 1941 Christmas Eve Story

In the Dark Streets Shineth: A 1941 Christmas Eve Story

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by David McCullough
     
 

Days after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, British Prime Minister Winston Churchill and U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt met at the White House. It was Christmas Eve, 1941. As war raged throughout the world, the two leaders delivered a powerful message that still resonates today. Bestselling author and historian David McCullough relates a compelling story

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Days after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, British Prime Minister Winston Churchill and U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt met at the White House. It was Christmas Eve, 1941. As war raged throughout the world, the two leaders delivered a powerful message that still resonates today. Bestselling author and historian David McCullough relates a compelling story about the spirit of Christmas and the power of light in difficult, dangerous times.

  • Beautifully designed with historic photographs that transport readers to the early days of World War II
  • Includes a DVD of David McCullough's presentation of this story at the Mormon Tabernacle Choir's 2009 Christmas concert, to be featured nationally on PBS

Editorial Reviews

National Book Award winner and Pulitzer Prize winner [XXX]David McCullough is a talented historian, but as readers of his Truman and 1776 know, he's also a captivating storyteller. Both those talents snap into sharp focus in this Christmas Eve story about two world leaders contemplating a shared future. On December 24th, 1941, just seventeen days after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, British Prime Minister Winston Churchill and U.S. President Franklin Delano Roosevelt met at the White House. What unfolded there was not just a session on battle strategies; it was a conference between two leaders about what the world could become after the present conflagration. Illustrated with photographs, In the Dark Streets Shineth is accompanied with a DVD of McCullough's presentation of the story at the 2009 Mormon Tabernacle Choir holiday celebration.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781606418314
Publisher:
Shadow Mountain Publishing
Publication date:
10/12/2010
Pages:
33
Product dimensions:
6.40(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.70(d)

Meet the Author

David McCullough is a two-time winner of the Pulitzer Prize for his histories of Truman and John Adams. He was twice awarded the National Book Award, for The Path Between the Seas and Mornings on Horseback, and is the author of the highly acclaimed books 1776, Brave Companions, The Great Bridge, and The Johnstown Flood. He is the recipient of the National Book Foundation Distinguished Contribution to American Letters Award, the National Humanities Medal, and the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

Brief Biography

Hometown:
West Tisbury, Massachusetts
Date of Birth:
July 7, 1933
Place of Birth:
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Education:
B.A., Yale University, 1955
Website:
http://authors.simonandschuster.com/David-McCullough/938

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In the Dark Streets Shineth 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
LeighDiddy More than 1 year ago
I love history, and I love Christmas. Plus, I'm a huge fan of David McCullough. I had never heard of this moment in history, when Winston Churchill risked his life to cross the sea and meet at the White House with the President. The background of the Christmas carols is fascinating as well. The DVD is a nice touch, as the Mormon Tabernacle Choir sings the songs Mr. McCullough teaches us about in the book. I highly recommend this book as a gift to anyone on your list.
aswtgalady More than 1 year ago
I've enjoyed this book and dvd very much.
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bradwilliams More than 1 year ago
Really liked the story. It's a short book. Not like McCullough's other work, but a great Christmas story that has been fun to read and share.
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ElleMcB More than 1 year ago
I love books by David McCullough and this time is no different. I enjoyed being taken back in time to a special moment when Churchill arrived secretly to America and met with Roosevelt right before Christmas during the War. This book tells the short story and shares their personal speeches. Then it also gives the history of the song "Oh Little Town of Bethlehem". That story is inspiring. It also includes the program on dvd along with the book when David McCullough shared this story with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir performing the songs. A quick read, but a great story to share every christmas. It makes you feel warm all over and truly feel the spirit of Christmas.