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Matt Lewis Interviews Craig Shirley for the Daily Caller and “Matt Lewis and the News”

Seventy years ago today, America was a very different place politically and culturally. Americans were going to a lot of movies, smoking a lot of cigarettes, and generally looking forward to Christmas. They never expected what was about to come one week later.

Craig Shirley’s new book, “December 1941: 31 Days that Changed America and Saved the World” chronicles each of the 31 days of that historic month, detailing cultural and political events as they unfolded.

Shirley — a noted biographer of Ronald Reagan — spent countless hours accumulating the vast troves of information included in the tome. He culled information from original sources like private diaries, but also found telling bits of information in the public record. For example, he notes a December 1 Idaho Times headline which read: “Nazis See Fall of Moscow Near.” Meanwhile, the Bismarck Tribune reported seventy years ago today that, “‘Wise Statesmanship’ Might Save Situation, Japs Tell Reporters.”

(Listen to a podcast of my full conversation with Craig Shirley here.) Continue reading Matt Lewis Interviews Craig Shirley for the Daily Caller and “Matt Lewis and the News”

Cal Thomas: A December to Remember

Seventy years ago this month, the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor and brought America into a war that had begun in Europe in 1939.

In his masterful new book “December 1941: 31 Days That Changed America and Saved the World,” Craig Shirley takes readers back to a very different America. Through hundreds of stories and advertisements culled from newspapers, Shirley not only transports us back to that tumultuous time, but reminds this generation that denial about an enemy’s intentions can have grave consequences. Continue reading Cal Thomas: A December to Remember

Revealed: The declassified memo that warned FDR of Hawaii attack three days before Pearl Harbor strike

A freshly declassified memo is shedding new light on a possible tip-off of the Japanese attack and the White House’s slow reaction to it.

The 20-page document to President Franklin Delano Roosevelt appears in a new book December 1941: 31 Days That Changed America and Saved the World. Continue reading Revealed: The declassified memo that warned FDR of Hawaii attack three days before Pearl Harbor strike