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.

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