Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Book Review: December 1941 by Craig Shirley

December 1941: 31 Days That Changed America and Saved the World by Craig Shirley tells the story of how the United States got into World War II. There are thirty-one chapters, one for each day of the month. The author apparently reviewed many newspapers in order to compile this book. This book doesn't read like a story; it reads like a compilation of newspaper articles, but it works! There is tons of information in this book about the United States in this time period, not just about the war and how we entered it. There are prices for airline tickets, what people were buying as Christmas presents, what they were doing, etc., which really gives the reader a nice glimpse into life in the 1940's. Of course, there is also loads of information about how we got into the war and how people and the government did their parts.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. There were many things that I learned that amazed me: how even the government didn't know exactly what happened at Pearl Harbor until days later, and how FDR felt no compunction in censoring that information to the rest of the country. This book is packed full of information, and if you like history, especially history about World War II, you'll want to read this book.

However, this book isn't perfect. It could have used better editing, as some of the sentences didn't make sense, and there were many other errors that better editing would have caught. Also, the book tended to repeat itself; it has the same exact information in different chapters. If you can overlook these problems, it is still a great book to read.

I want to thank BookSneeze for my (kindle) copy of this book, but my opinions are my own.

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