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James T. Patterson, Professor of History, Emeritus, Brown University
“Pearl Harbor is a first-rate book by a fine historian. Steven Gillon, closely describing FDR's reactions to the Japanese attack, reminds us of the shrewdness and skill of Roosevelt’s leadership. Both erudite and fast-paced, this is a book for scholars and general readers alike.”
David B. Woolner, Senior Fellow and Hyde Park Resident Historian, Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt Institute, and Associate Professor of History, Marist College
“In this fascinating account of the first 24 hours after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, Steven Gillon manages to capture not only the essence of perhaps the most critical day in twentieth century American history; but also the essence of the man who stood at the center of it all—Franklin D. Roosevelt. A brilliant piece of investigative history, Pearl Harbor tells us a great deal about the character of the President who, though unable to walk unaided, brought the United States safely through the two great crises of the modern era, the Great Depression and World War Two. This is a must read for anyone who wishes to gain a complete understanding of FDR and the nation he led.”
“Gillon paints a vivid picture….An excellent introduction to Roosevelt and his times with heavy emphasis on events surrounding Pearl Harbor.”
“Fast paced as any novel, Gillon provides readers with a dramatic examination of this crucial juncture in our history.”
“[Gillon] provides a concise and informative account of Franklin Roosevelt’s initial response to the crisis.”
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
“‘Pearl Harbor’ makes a strong case that Roosevelt shared in the shock all Americans felt…. Fascinating.”
Anyone who loves history and World War II needs to read this book.
The author has done tons of research and discovered some fascinating details that I had not known about before, and he presents his research in very readable prose.
She said she couldn't wait to get to reading it and hated for it to come to an end.
Very interesting and informative. I feel the book was very well researched, however I was somewhat disappointed that it was less than two hundred pages in length. Read morePublished 1 month ago by John D Pace
This book gave me a different look at what happen at Pearl Harbor and the after effects of the attack. It also shows that FDR was as good a president that we all think he is.Published 2 months ago by Kindle Customer
This book details the events in the White House, Washington, and the country during the 24 hours after the attack on Pearl Harbor in December 1941. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Andrew Wyllie
An accidental discovery, recently at a bargain book store, I found this text educational and a wonderful "appetizer" for my next "main course", Brand's... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Dr.Stanley Toompas
I enjoyed this as it was informative and showed the focus required to lead through this event. I would have liked a little more information on the war theater, but that will just... Read morePublished 12 months ago by John W. Sharpe
One volume paen to the wonder of FDR as a leader with absolutely no discussion as to how we got there. Read morePublished 13 months ago by R. Koons
Gillon relates how the White House received news of the Japanese air attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, and how FDR dealt with the first twenty-four hours of the crisis,... Read morePublished 13 months ago by David M Harland
I loved the book, Steve Gillon is an great author, the book was an everyday book about Pearl Harbor, is was much more than that. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Vicki Jowers
Our grandson was working on a history project and this book filled in all of the holes in is project. Read morePublished 15 months ago by BF CALLAHAN