December 1941: The Month That Changed America Forever


The tragic events of Sept. 11, 2001, will long be remembered by Americans. So too will November 22, 1963, and the assassination of President John F Kennedy. Yet the most important date of the last 100 years in American history continues to be Dec. 7, 1941, the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, a date that will forever live in “infamy,” a day that forever changed the character of the American Republic and its people.

Craig Shirley examines the entire month that led to World War II in December 1941: 31 Days that Changed America and Saved the World in a successful attempt to capture the sights and sounds of that long-ago era. In impressive detail, he tells us about the attitudes, cultural mores and prejudices of an America on the eve of entry into the second great war. (It was not yet World War II). He also chronicles America’s response to the Japanese attack as it abruptly switches from peacetime pursuits to a war footing to begin the massive effort that would ultimately vanquish the first great totalitarian menace of the 20th century.