A Letter from Leonard Rein

Hello there Mr. Shirley,

After finishing page 535 of December 1941 I sat back in my chair, closed my eyes and thought about the salient details you provided for the events taking place during that historic month. On the day of the attack I was a boy of 11, but astonishingly, I can vividly recall the impact and the reaction the news had on my parents. It was a day I will always remember and as I read your outstanding portrayal of events I was immediately immersed in a personal trip down memory lane. You are absolutely correct it was a game changer for all of us who were alive on that date and it has impacted lives well beyond 1941. When my Dad was discharged in late 1945 and returned to Westinghouse, his former employer, he was given the opportunity as an Assistant Branch Manager in York, PA. We moved from Philadelphia, and, without a doubt it, it completely changed the trajectory of my life. We only lived there four years but virtually ever twist and turn in my life has had a connection to York, PA. Absolutely amazing.

As I sat reflecting on my thoughts about the events and circumstances you described my mind kept returning to the question … what do you think about the book: 1) I am impressed with the clarity and straight forward approach to your narrative; 2) as I thought more about my impression of your work it seemed to me  as if I was reading the transcript of a play by play 31 inning baseball ball game. I felt I was reliving my experience of the events in living color.

In addition to December 1941, I now have read the three books you have written on Ronald Reagan; Citizen Newt is next on my list. Thank you very much for taking the time to offer such enlightening reading material of major personalities and events. You are a true Patriot. Have you established a time line on your next book?

In your Epilogue I was impressed with the comment Borman made to Senator Anderson about how the devastating fire to Apollo One astronauts could have happened … it was a failure of imagination … seems apropos to events currently confronting our nation. Or is it “invincible ignorance” that was described, in an article that appeared in the January 27, 2014 issue of The Weekly Standard, as a wonderful Catholic phrase which is used of individuals whom circumstances have made incapable of ever learning the truth.

Happy Holidays!

Leonard Rein