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    Pearl Harbor 80th Anniversary

    Today marks the 80th anniversary of the infamous attack on Pearl Harbor. The attack dismantled 18 warships, destroyed 188 aircraft, killed 2,403 servicemen and women, and leftover 1000 wounded. Often cited as the catalyst for America’s entrance into World War II, the attack on Pearl Harbor not only changed the fate of the United States but the fate of the entire world. Today, we recommend material that will inform readers about the attack and memorialize those we lost on December 7, 1941.

    Countdown to Pearl Harbor: The Twelve Days to the Attack by Steve Twomey

    Countdown to Pearl Harbor follows the warnings, clues, mistakes made during the twelve days leading up to the attack on Pearl Harbor. Twomey, a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, examines how a series of assumptions and miscommunications lead to the American military’s unprepared reaction to Japan’s raid on Pearl Harbor. Taking a close look at the crucial historical figures and moments leading up to the attack, Twomey’s book clarifies how the attacks came to be.

    No Ordinary Time —Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt: The Home Front in World War II by Doris Kearns Goodwin

    Winner of the 1995 Pulitzer Prize for History, No Ordinary Time documents the presidency of Franklin D. Roosevelt before America’s entry into World War II through his death in 1945. Written with insight and precision, Goodwin highlights the many successes and shortcomings of the Roosevelt administration — including Roosevelt’s innovative plan to involve private industry in the war effort and his administration’s failure to calm hostility towards Japanese Americans after the attack on Pearl Harbor. Praised as one of the best history books ever written, No Ordinary Time examines the American experience during World War II.

    Pearl Harbor: From Infamy to Greatness by Craig Nelson

    Published on the 75th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor, Nelson gives a definitive account of the Pearl Harbor attack based on years of research and previously unknown information. Relying primarily on first-hand accounts, Nelson covers the events before and after the attack on Pearl Harbor, giving insights into both American and Japanese internal politics. Well-researched and balanced, Pearl Harbor: From Infamy to Greatness is for readers who want a contextualized account of the Pearl Harbor attack and its effect on world affairs.

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