Pearl Harbor: FDR Leads the Nation Into War

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Basic Books, Oct 25, 2011 - History - 248 pages
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Franklin D. Roosevelt famously called December 7, 1941, “a date which will live in infamy.” History would prove him correct; the events of that day—when the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor—ended the Great Depression, changed the course of FDR's presidency, and swept America into World War II. In Pearl Harbor, acclaimed historian Steven M. Gillon provides a vivid, minute-by-minute account of Roosevelt's skillful leadership in the wake of the most devastating military assault in American history. FDR proved both decisive and deceptive, inspiring the nation while keeping the real facts of the attack a secret from congressional leaders and the public.

Pearl Harbor explores the anxious and emotional events surrounding the attack on Pearl Harbor, showing how the president and the American public responded in the pivotal twenty-four hours that followed, a period in which America burst from precarious peace into total war.


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Roosevelt's leadership between Japan's attack on Pearl Harbor and the "infamy speech" is the focus of this book--a 24 hour period in US history. A short listen, it defines a transition from ... Read full review

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This relatively short book covers the day in the life of FDR that Japan attacked Pearl Harbor. The biography weaves in information from other times in his life and about the political and economic ... Read full review


Do not let the talks deteriorate
This is no drill
I dont know how secure this telephone is
Get to the White House fastasyoucan
We are all in the same boat now
Deadly calm

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Steven M. Gillon is Professor of History at the University of Oklahoma and Resident Historian for the History Channel. The author of numerous works of history, he lives in New York and Oklahoma.

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