It’s never too early for Christmas.
This week we’re featuring preeminent historian Stanley Weintraub’s compelling history of perhaps the most remarkable holiday season in twentieth-century history: Pearl Harbor Christmas: A World at War, December 1941.
Christmas 1941 came little more than two weeks after the attack on Pearl Harbor and America’s entry into World War II. The shock and resulting ramifications of the attack had quickly reverberated worldwide, and for many — including the United States troops on Wake Island who were battling a Japanese landing force and, in the Philippines, losing the fight to save Luzon — it would be an arduous holiday spent far from home. This book captures a critical moment in twentieth-century history, following Roosevelt, Churchill, the Allies, and the Axis through twelve winter days around the world.