Pearl Harbor: FDR Leads the Nation Into War

Pearl Harbor: FDR Leads the Nation Into War

by Steven M. Gillon

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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780465031795
Publisher: Basic Books
Publication date: 11/06/2012
Edition description: First Trade Paper Edition
Pages: 256
Product dimensions: 5.80(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range: 13 - 18 Years

About the Author

Steven M. Gillon earned his Ph.D. at Brown, taught for several years at Yale and Oxford, and is now Professor of History at the University of Oklahoma, as well as Resident Historian for The History Channel. He is the author of numerous books and articles on modern American history and politics, including The Kennedy Assassination—24 Hours After and Ten Days That Unexpectedly Changed America.

Table of Contents

Preface ix

1 "Your boys are not going to be sent into any foreign wars" 1

2 "Do not let the talks deteriorate" 17

3 "This means war" 31

4 "This is no drill!" 43

5 "Have you heard the news?" 51

6 "I don't know how secure this telephone is" 59

7 "Infamy" 71

8 "Get to the White House fastasyoucan" 79

9 "Do you think we ought to have soldiers around the White House?" 93

10 "We are all in the same boat now" 111

11 "I will go down in disgrace" 121

12 "Deadly calm" 129

13 "1861" 145

14 "Where were our forces-asleep?" 153

15 "I hope Mr. Capone doesn't mind" 165

Epilogue 181

Acknowledgments 189

Notes 191

Index 213

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