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Book looks back at Pearl Harbor 70 years later, author refutes attack conspiracy theory

With the seventieth anniversary of the Pearl Harbor attack approaching on December 7, Craig Shirley is set to release a new book next week on the surprise Japanese assault that prompted American entry into World War II, “December 1941: 31 Days that Changed America and Saved the World.”

Shirley, the author of two histories of Ronald Reagan’s presidential campaigns and the president of the public affairs firm Shirley & Bannister, provides in the book a day-by-day account of that pivotal month, which he considers “one of the most important 31 days in the history of America.”

“I wanted to write a book that was not just about WWII history or Pearl Harbor, but also about the culture of America and how radically it was affected,” he told The Daily Caller in an interview. Continue reading Book looks back at Pearl Harbor 70 years later, author refutes attack conspiracy theory

Inside the Beltway: “December 1941”

Craig Shirley’s newest book featured in Jennifer Harper’s “Inside the Beltway” column in The Washington Times:

DEC. 7, 1941

The 70th anniversary of the Day of Infamy – the surprise Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941 – is just over two weeks away. On bookshelves Tuesday, “December 1941: 31 Days That Changed America and Saved the World,” by historian Craig Shirley, chronicles the events that honed Yankee might and prompted the nation to shine, the author says, “with rare and piercing light.”

There is much cultural and social fare in the hefty book reflecting uncommon unity and the cheerful can-do spirit of the home front, along with news coverage of the day, plus evolving politics and grim realities. It’s all intended to give readers a sense of what their “parents and grandparents and great grandparents” were up against.

“The central and most important actor in ‘December 1941’ is the United States of America,” Mr. Shirley says.

5 Things You May Not Know About Gingrich

In the crowded race for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination, Mitt Romney may be the tortoise, but Newt Gingrich is the newt. And newts are highly adaptive salamanders that regenerate limbs when wounded and emit poison when challenged.

Conventional — and up-to-the-minute contemporary — wisdom pegs Gingrich as the ascendant favorite, knocking other candidates off their posts and platforms like an Angry Bird.

A recent New Hampshire Journal poll — conducted by Magellan Strategies — of people likely to vote in the state’s Jan. 10 Republican primary puts Romney and Gingrich statistically neck-and-neck.

So if Gingrich is a front-running candidate, the question arises: What do we know about Newt? The tougher question, however, may be: What do we not know?

After all, the 68-year-old former U.S. representative from Georgia has been a recurring character on the American political stage since 1974. Since his resignation from Congress in 1999, Gingrich has remained in the public eye as a political consultant and TV pundit. He has written nearly two dozen books. And for decades he has been the subject of scrutiny by countless magazines, newspapers, radio shows and websites. Story after story about his past, present and future continue to appear.

Now that his candidacy for president is taking flight, some people are saying that — in the grand old Grand Old Party tradition of picking the nominee who has been waiting around the longest — it just may be Newt’s turn.

In any case, here are five things you still may not know about Newt: Continue reading 5 Things You May Not Know About Gingrich