New York Times bestselling author Craig Shirley will be at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library on Tuesday, May 29 to discuss and sign copies of his latest book*, December 1941: 31 Days that Changed America and Saved the World. This event is free to attend, however reservations are recommended by visiting. Reagan’s Country Café will remain open until 6:00 p.m. for those who would like to purchase a snack or dinner.
In the days before the attack on Pearl Harbor, eyes in America were focused on the war in Europe or distracted by the elevated mood sweeping the country in the final days of the Great Depression. But when planes dropped out of a clear blue sky and bombed the American naval base and aerial targets in Hawaii, all of that changed. December 1941 takes readers into the moment-by-moment ordeal of a nation waking to war by featuring surprising revelations, amusing anecdotes, and heart-wrenching stories, and by exploring the unique religious and spiritual dimension of a culture under assault on the eve of Christmas. Before the attack on Pearl Harbor, the closest thing to war for the Americans was uncoordinated, mediocre war games in South Carolina. Less than thirty days later, by the end of December 1941, the nation was involved in a pitched battle for the preservation of its very way of life, a battle that would forever change the nation and the world
Craig Shirley is President and CEO of Shirley & Banister Public Affairs, which he founded in 1984. He is also the bestselling author of Reagan’s Revolution: The Untold Story of the Campaign That Started It All, which detailed Ronald Reagan’s pivotal 1976 presidential campaign and of Rendezvous with Destiny: Ronald Reagan and the Campaign That Changed America, which details Ronald Reagan’s 1980 Campaign. He was honored as a finalist for the Book of the Year Award for his third book December 1941: 31 Days that Changed America and Saved the World, a history of the start of the U.S. involvement in World War II. December 1941 has also appeared multiple times on the New York Times bestselling lists in December 2011 and January 2012.
Craig Shirley has been professionally involved in American politics and government for over three decades. He has worked in government and on campaigns at the congressional, gubernatorial and presidential levels and has appeared on or been interviewed by nearly every major media outlet over that time.