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Kirkus Reviews, 4/15/11
“A vivid 11-day account of a World War II holiday…A master chronicler, Weintraub’s moody, intensively researched play- by-play narrative traces the final days of 1941. Ruminations, anecdotes and creatively reimagined scenarios crisply capture all of the minute details of the time and sequences of events…Erudite, sweeping and contemplative—classic Weintraub.”
“[An] absorbing story.”
War, Literature and the Arts
“[A] richly detailed examination of an eleven-day period surrounding a wartime holiday season…The work serves as an excellent introduction to the high-level friendship that marked the Anglo-American team throughout the war and will be of great interest to both scholars and casual students of the period.”
This is fine, but it is presented in a very dull and bland format.
I know, it's a little thing, but it makes me as a reader wonder how I can trust him with the big things when he can't handle the little ones.
With the thousands of books having been written about WWII, you would think that anything new would be simply a rehash of previous books.
A five star for a factual almost minimalist speedy sweep through that very beginning of WWII. Meaty content is presented clearly and respectful of the intertwined realities of... Read morePublished 2 days ago by G. C. Stonikinis Jr.
Frankly disappointing. Not only is most of the writing anecdotal, the author appears to be badly confused, several times repeating information already in the book as having... Read morePublished 15 days ago by InterestedObserver2
To me, the topic of this book, the Christmas season right after Pearl Harbor sounded wonderful. While the book was somewhat interesting, it wasn't quite what I was expecting and so... Read morePublished 9 months ago by lindapanzo
This book is a very week treatment of how FDR lead the nation in the month after Pearl Harbor. Not much is discussed other than his immediate reaction to Pearl Harbor on Dec 8 and... Read morePublished 14 months ago by R. Koons
Wonderfully fast read of the first weeks of America's entry into WWII. Well crafted. As I read this I wondered how younger generations might view this chronicle. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Kate
America in a time of great crisis...just after Pearl Harbor. Story tells how FDR, Winston Churchill, and others planned for the nation to take those first steps forward into the... Read morePublished 18 months ago by Fred
EXTRERMLY INTERESTING ,WELL WRITTEN AND RESEARCED..iT COVERS ALL THE EVENTS HAPPENING AROUND THE WORLDTHAT WARTIME XMAS OF1941.i HIGHLY RECOMMEND ITPublished 19 months ago by Bob Iannaccone
This book took me back to a time that had to be an uncertain time for America. It gives great insight into the relationship between Roosevelt and Churchill. Very enjoyable.Published 20 months ago by Ronald N. Mcmillan
Verry good book, have recomended this book to others. Great Christmas Gift.
Will be sure to order again very soon.