December 1941 by Craig Shirley

December 1941   by Craig Shirley

  • Hardcover: 656 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson (December 6, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1595554572
  • ISBN-13: 978-1595554574
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6.4 x 2.2 inches

What the Publisher says about this book

December 1941

31 Days that Changed America and Saved the World
Jacketed Hardcover
By Craig Shirley

December 1941 traces, day-by-day, the most important 31 days in the history of America’s participation in WWII, which snuffed out the lives of millions and changed history forever.    

From December 1, 1941, until the morning of December 7, 1941, America was at peace and—with the exception of the stubborn and persistent high unemployment of the Great Depression—was a relatively happy country. By the afternoon of the December 7 attack on Pearl Harbor, America was a radically changed country, forever. Its isolationist impulses evaporated, and both major political parties became more or less internationalist. The month also introduced food and gas rationing, Victory Gardens, scrap drives, a military draft, and the conversion of Detroit into an “arsenal of democracy.” From the moment of America’s entry into World War II, people of all kinds, but mostly women looking for work, flooded into the city. Instant apartment buildings sprang up, as did eating and drinking salons, all to the advantage of the massive increase in spending generated by the federal government.


My Thoughts

December 1941 retells the story leading up to and during World War II. I really like that the book devotes a chapter to each day and tells what happened on the particular day. Craig Shirley uses his research, mostly from news reports from many newspapers for correct information to write this wonderful book. Through Shirley’s finding and writing, the reader will get a feeling of the US and devastation of the things happening during that time. I found it a fascinating book to read with a lot of really great pictures of the war.

I chose this book as a give to my husband for Christmas because his dad was in World War II, he was there the day Pearl Harbor was attacked. And to add to that, December 9th is was his dad’s birthday. It is always interesting for our family to read about WWII and the attack on Pearl Harbor because he was there. Though it was not happy memories for him, and he wouldn’t talk about it much. I guess it was just too upsetting to go through those memories again.

If you are a history buff, you will love this book so grab a copy to read and enjoy for yourself.

I received this book free from Thomas Nelson publishers as part of their book review bloggers program. All opinions expressed are my own, and I was not required or expected to write a positive review.

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