December 1941: 31 Days that Changed America and Saved the World

December 1941: 31 Days that Changed America and Saved the World


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ISBN-13: 9781595555823
Publisher: Nelson, Thomas, Inc.
Publication date: 11/12/2013
Pages: 656
Sales rank: 501,893
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.90(d)

About the Author

Craig Shirley is the author of four critically praised bestsellers about Ronald Reagan, Reagan’s Revolution, Rendezvous with Destiny, Last Act, and Reagan Rising. His book December 1941 appeared multiple times on the New York Times bestseller list. Shirley is chairman of Shirley & Banister Public Affairs and is a widely sought-after speaker and commentator. The Visiting Reagan Scholar at Eureka College, Shirley is on the Board of Governors of the Reagan Ranch and lectures frequently at the Reagan Library, and he has written extensively for the Washington Post, the Washington Examiner, the Washington Times, the Los Angeles Times, Townhall, Newsmax, Breitbart, National Review, LifeZette, CNS, and many other publications. Considered one of the foremost public intellectuals on the history of conservatism in America, Shirley is writing a book on George Washington’s family.

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December 1941: The Month that Changed America and Saved the World 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 62 reviews.
Abels_Angel More than 1 year ago
So everyone knows what was going on over in Europe between the Axis and Allies, but what was going on in our own country? December 1941 tells a day by day account about what was going on in our country before we entered WWII. If you love Military and World History you will love this book. Every fact in this book is accurate and true and trust me, you will not be able to put this book down once you start reading it.! December 1941: the Month that Changed America is a must buy for everyone.
samcivy More than 1 year ago
Only a skilled writer and researcher could pen so many pages that enthrall readers. With information from hundreds of sources, Craig Shirley relates events of the six days before and the three weeks following Japan¿s unexpected bombing of Pearl Harbor. A major question was ¿How did Japan destroy so many ships, airplanes and lives without anyone suspecting in advance the terrible attacks?¿ Mr. Shirley tells of every day lives, political and historical events, and world leaders¿ actions. Pearl Harbor galvanized intense patriotism among Americans. So many men and women volunteered to fight that military recruiters could barely process the applications. Thousands of women volunteered to fight or supported military personnel. Many women took over men¿s jobs manufacturing war materials or in political offices. For months Japan whipped Allied forces and relentlessly advanced throughout the Pacific area. Americans quickly produced battle equipment and few doubted we¿d defeat the enemy. But no one realized how long and disastrous the fighting would be. American culture changed forever as a result of Pearl Harbor. This attack and the war resulted in the USA becoming a super power in the world. Our politics also changed. This book tells younger readers about life in 1941. Older people will remember those days. December 1941 is well worth the hours of reading. A decorated former contact agent for the CIA, Mr. Shirley has written best-sellers. A sought-after speaker and commentator, he writes for major newspapers and magazines.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I'll admit to having a bit of a fascination with World War II. It was "before my time", but as a veteran, I am fascinated by the history and magnitude of that war. That's one of the reasons why I was looking forward to reading December 1941 by Craig Shirley. While the book goes day-by-day through the month of December 1941, it did not seem to drag (like you might expect). It was full of details, yet didn't get bogged down in them. It examines all aspects of American life in the aftermath of Pearl Harbor--people, faith, economy, government, and culture. I found the book to be immensely enjoyable. Of course, we all know how it turned out. And many of us have studied this subject in school (however long ago that may have been!). But this book doesn't seem like "required reading" on the topic. While the book is published by Thomas Nelson, it does not have nearly the religious focus as many of their other books. This should widen the appeal of the book. (I received this book at no cost from the published in exchange for an honest review.)
Joy4Him More than 1 year ago
This well written account by Craig Shirley takes the reader as close as one can come to experiencing this historic month.The book is broken up into chapters, with each chapter retelling the story of one day of the month. What I found to be fascinating is the way that the book not only tells the stories of what is happening in the war, and overseas, but it tells so much of what the mindset of the American people at home was. I enjoyed this book so much that I gave it to a WW2 veteran friend of mine and he is enjoying it as well.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a fascinating book in many ways. The details of life in America at the transition from the Great Depression into World War II are well written and it's an easy read. There are things about the time that will be new insights to many 21st Century readers. Should the attack on Pearl Harbor have been such a surprise? No. Could it have been prevented? Probably not. The stories of the "America First" people who sought to keep the U.S. out of the war in Europe may be new to some. The descriptions of people, habits and customs, and events of these critical days help set the context of America's entry into World War II. The "but..." in the review title has to do with two things. At least the e-book version is in need of re-editing; typographical errors abound, and many sentences are repeated verbatim or slightly altered throughout the book. The other caution is that as fascinating and insightful as this book is, the author's personal political perspectives sometimes cloud the objectivity of an otherwise great read. Despite the caveats, it's well worth reading.
FirstSgtBill More than 1 year ago
This is an excellent book. The author covers each day in December 1942 with broad strokes as well as candid close-ups on things happening that particular day in our history. This chillingly forecasts, some of the things that have happened recently, with our government’s attempts at over reaching into private lives to improve our life. Having people suggest how many clothing or food you should buy sounds like today’s news to us. In this case, it was people trying to make things work “better” for the war effort. Or, simply because the government agencies could make suggestions or issue directives, because of the war’s starting. Brings to mind the statement, “Never let a good crisis get by unused?” His portraits of events and people are very vivid, and accurately reveal things I’d only heard about from my parents, who lived through the time. Or, from my relative’s description’s, of either their day to day lives or the occurrences they lived through during that time. The Pearl Harbor attack, especially the things which lead the Japanese air forces to have such an easy time with our air defenses, are especially telling. From the ignored radar sightings, to the parking of aircraft wingtip to wingtip to make them easier to protect from sabotage, to the lack of a ready force even though they’d been warned of imminent hostile actions make the people in charge look (as they were) really stupid. Then he points out US forces did the very same thing in Manila, as well. Which makes it very hard to understand how, General MacArthur could have made the same mistakes, only days later. UNLESS, the Navy and Army brass didn’t share with him details of the Pearl Harbor attacks. Which is wholly possible, though not answered herein. His story covers the entire world in so far as the story goes. Not just from a US standpoint, but also from the standpoint of the British Empire’s positions at the time, to the Axis leadership and forces, and to hone in on the Japanese actions and thoughts. He even asks the obvious questions, and then tries to answer them: 1. Why was Hitler so dumb to declare war on the US? 2. Why didn’t the Japanese carriers, send a second strike to take out the fuel dump and dry docks, as urged by the flight leaders? 3. What was the relation between Churchill and Roosevelt? 4. How was broad strategy set by the allies? 5. AND: Why doesn’t someone continue this book – I’d buy it! – throughout the entire war? The descriptions of events and day to day life in cities all over the USA were very interesting. Highly detailed and closely footnoted as well. Making it possible to go back and find more information on places and people at the time. Presenting a wide ranging picture of how the US reacted to the attack, responded to sudden crisis, and moved to help individual across the US. This book is much different than just a political or military history of the time. In all honesty, brought tears to my eyes more than once, reading of the spirit of individuals trying to help each other and the country. It was hard to put the book down once I’d started it. I bought copies for both of my sons so they could better understand our history. After hearing me rave about it, my wife (not exactly a history buff) devoured the book. I highly recommend it to anyone interested in history and especially history of World War II. I'd recommend it to all.
dmcjr4 More than 1 year ago
A remarkable, detailed account of the dark days of December, 1941, the first seven days, prior to Pearl Harbor, and of course what happened after the attack.... A must book for those who love modern history and those who love stories about how World War II started....
ntp77 More than 1 year ago
I must say this book took me longer to read and get through. December 1941 by Craig Shirley take you through each day of december and give you an account of the days events. Days before the tragic events at Pearl Harbor the country was at peace. Thanksgiving had just ended a couple weeks back, the Christmas season was upon them and they thought all was well in the USA. They know and understood that the World was not at peace. Little did they know that Japan had already set sail for Hawaii and 7 days into the last month of the year the USA would change and change for good. This book is well written, Yes it is a little long but thinking back on it I not sure how you could not have put the information in there that Mr. Shirley did. As a advit fan of the WWII era, this book is a must have and one that I recommend to those that love to study WWII history. I thank Thomas Nelson for my free copy and in return I was asked only to give my honest review of this book.
ken57 More than 1 year ago
I was 7 years old on Dec 7, 1941 and wanted to read the book to see how much I could remember and what I missed. With a day by day report, basically from newspapers, it was fascinating to read the daily accounts. Have recommended it to all my friends as a must read.
SandiS More than 1 year ago
You wouldn't think that so much could go on in 31 days but the book is very interesting. It really holds your attention. Can't put it down!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Inside of me ate book
middletree More than 1 year ago
Craig Shirley's "December 1941: 31 Days That Changed America and Saved the World" is a powerful account of the days leading up to, and the days immediately after, the Japanese bombing of Pearl Harbor and subsequent entry of the United States into World War II. This 500+ page book (600 if you count the notes) has a very simple format: it devotes one chapter to each day of the month of December 1941. The chapters describe the events of each day, either directly or indirectly related to the coming war. Of all the things I learned, I was especially surprised that, prior to December 7, the mindset of many Americans was not in favor of the United States entering the war. We are used to such things regarding the Vietnam war and the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, but the image we tend to get of 1940's America is that of solidarity. In fact, the national mood changed quite a bit as of December 7, but even then, it wasn't a case of undisputed unity. The stories and information in "December 1941" are excellent. I received a copy of this book for free for review purposes, with no obligation to deliver a positive assessment. Still, I highly recommend it for anyone interested in history, especially World War II buffs.
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Excellent book!!! Takes you back to December 1941 in a magnificent way and you have the feeling and the taste of the time while you go through day by day. Love it and warmly recommend it to everyone!
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Hawkeye1939 More than 1 year ago
Engrossing and disappointing. Definitely a different and engaging view of this crucial month in out nation's history. While I thought the content first class, the proofreading was decidedly third class at best. The are numerous errors of syntax, punctuation and spelling that detract from a smooth read. Nonetheless, I would recommend it to anyone interested in WWII history.
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sfindlay More than 1 year ago
Some of the information in this book is good, especially descriptions of the reactions of everyday Americans to the nation suddenly being a war footing. The main problem with the book, as other reviewer here have noted, is it is full of factual errors. For example, FDR did not order MacArthur to chase the Bonus Army from their camp, it was Hoover. FDR and Churchill did not in the middle of the Atlantic, they met in Placentia Bay in Newfoundland, hardly the middle of the ocean This is what happens when you get amateur historians writing about the past and saving money by using the author's son, who's a college undergraduate, as the principal researcher..
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This book uses newspaper articles and other sources to give you a look at how the US was right before our involvement in WW2 as well as the change that took place after Dec7th. There are parallels of the way things were then as well as now, which should get you thinking about not repeating history without understanding the consequences. A good read.