Pearl Harbor Christmas: A World at War, December 1941

Pearl Harbor Christmas: A World at War, December 1941

by Stanley Weintraub
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Pearl Harbor Christmas: A World at War, December 1941 by Stanley Weintraub

Christmas 1941 came little more than two weeks after the attack on Pearl Harbor. The shock—in some cases overseas, elation—was worldwide. While Americans attempted to go about celebrating as usual, the reality of the just-declared war was on everybody’s mind. United States troops on Wake Island were battling a Japanese landing force and, in the Philippines, losing the fight to save Luzon. In Japan, the Pearl Harbor strike force returned to Hiroshima Bay and toasted its sweeping success. Across the Atlantic, much of Europe was frozen in grim Nazi occupation.

Just three days before Christmas, Churchill surprised Roosevelt with an unprecedented trip to Washington, where they jointly lit the White House Christmas tree. As the two Allied leaders met to map out a winning wartime strategy, the most remarkable Christmas of the century played out across the globe.

Pearl Harbor Christmas is a deeply moving and inspiring story about what it was like to live through a holiday season few would ever forget.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781455109005
Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
Publication date: 11/01/2011
Edition description: Unabridged
Pages: 5
Product dimensions: 6.50(w) x 6.20(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Stanley Weintraub is an award-winning author and co-author of more than fifty highly acclaimed books, including Silent Night and 11 Days in December. He lives in Delaware.

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Pearl Harbor Christmas 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
AlanSimonBooks More than 1 year ago
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.
Jim1954 More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good read for those individuals with an interest in WWII history. Not a great book, easy read. Interestig tidbits of histoy.
InTheBookcase More than 1 year ago
"This is a strange Christmas Eve," Churchill began. "Almost the whole world is locked in deadly struggle." ...And so describes this non-fiction work, Pearl Harbor Christmas. Although I expected to learn more specifically about the horrible event at Pearl Harbor (Dec. 7, 1941), the author doesn't spend much time telling of it. Instead, Weintraub tells about the holidays of 1941 and the stress that our U.S. Commander in Chief, FDR, was under at the time, and the exchanges he had during Christmas week. The book vividly details the happenings at the White House from the dates of Dec. 22, 1941, to New Year's Day, 1942. During the holidays, U.K. Prime Minister Winston Churchill was staying at the White House during the Christmas festivities. I learned much about the interaction between the two leaders of nations. I even had a good laugh with the book on a couple of occasions, because of a discussion or experience concerning either Roosevelt or Churchill. You will learn much of these two great men. This is a sincere history book, with no frills. Recommended for history enthusiasts.
AnnieBM More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago