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“December 1941” Featured in Northern Virginia Magazine

Craig Shirley, who lives in Alexandria, provides a new perspective on World War II called “December 1941:  31 Days that Saved America and Changed the World,” published by Thomas Nelson.

During the first week of December 1941, America was still struggling with the remnants of the Great Depression, and war was not on its mind.  But everything changed on Dec. 7.  Shirley details that month’s impact on America, an impact still felt today, with powerful prose.

Shirley specifically mentions D.C.’s reaction to the Pearl Harbor attack and the immediate legal and political ramifications.  A local authority on a local matter should make this book essential for the region’s history enthusiasts.

Shirley himself is a true local presence.  He not only lives in Alexandria, he also serves as president and CEO of Shirley & Banister Public Affairs.  He has long been involved in the political scene, and he has already written two highly successful books on the Reagan campaigns of 1976 and 1980.

Also forthcoming from Shirley is a biography of Newt Gingrich, with full cooperation from Gingrich himself.  That book, entitled “Citizen Newt,” wends its way into stores in January 2012, and is also published by Thomas Nelson.  Both “December 1941″ and “Citizen Newt” retail for $24.99.

“Newt” author: ‘We are witnessing one of the greatest…comebacks in American history”

With Rick Perry’s stumble last night, I emailed Reagan biographer Craig Shirley for his thoughts on whether or not former Speaker Newt Gingrich might become the conservative alternative to Mitt Romney. Shirley is currently working on a new book about Gingrich’s professional life from 1973-1994, ending with the Republican revolution.

Here’s what he had to say:

Citizen Newt” will come out next year as this story is still being played out in dramatic fashion. We are witnessing one of the greatest–if not the greatest–political comebacks in American History.

It is a story rich in irony (remember the consultants who left Newt for Perry?) and personality durability. In the end, Gingrich’s durability might be one of his greatest assets, like Clinton’s and Nixon’s and Reagan’s resilience was for them. Clinton, Nixon and Reagan all staged dramatic comebacks as well. All were pronounced politically dead by the intelligentsia but they had other ideas, as does Gingrich.

It is also a story about how the elites have finally and completely walled themselves off from the American people and thus from reality. I mean, these people are proclaiming Romney all but the nominee when every conservative I know loathes the idea of him as the nominee.