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Pearl Harbor: FDR Leads the Nation Into War…

Pearl Harbor: FDR Leads the Nation Into War

by Steven M. Gillon

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Roosevelt's leadership between Japan's attack on Pearl Harbor and the "infamy speech" is the focus of this book--a 24 hour period in US history. A short listen, it defines a transition from isolationist to world power. The book was also a short biography of FDR, including his career and personal life, with particular emphasis on his polio disability; how he managed the duties of the president. In the afterward, the author draws parallels with the present day. I enjoyed the book and would read/listen to more by this author. ( )
  buffalogr | Jan 9, 2014 |
This relatively short book covers the day in the life of FDR that Japan attacked Pearl Harbor. The biography weaves in information from other times in his life and about the political and economic environment of the time. The book was interesting and mildly educational but is limited in scope. I am unclear whether the author can actually speak authoritatively. I weakly recommend the book but other sources could likely provide more insight with greater detail. ( )
  GlennBell | Dec 2, 2013 |
Rambling (a lot of space is spent on what FDR did before and after, despite a statement in the preface that the author intended to concentrate on the period immediately after Pearl Harbor) and superficial. This is the sort of book one might give to a bright pre-teen who expressed interest in World War II and Pearl Harbor. Easily readable, but nothing new. ( )
  BruceCoulson | Jan 26, 2012 |
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Franklin D. Roosevelt famously called December 7, 1941, “a date which will live in infamy.” History would prove him correct; the events of that day—when the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor—ended the Great Depression, changed the course of FDR’s presidency, and swept America into World War II. In Pearl Harbor, acclaimed historian Steven M. Gillon provides a vivid, minute-by-minute account of Roosevelt’s skillful leadership in the wake of the most devastating military assault in American history. FDR proved both decisive and deceptive, inspiring the nation while keeping the real facts of the attack a secret from congressional leaders and the public.

Pearl Harbor explores the anxious and emotional events surrounding the attack on Pearl Harbor, showing how the president and the American public responded in the pivotal twenty-four hours that followed, a period in which America burst from precarious peace into total war.

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Explores the anxious and emotional events surrounding the attack on Pearl Harbor, showing how the president and the American public responded in the pivotal hours that followed the attack.

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