In one of the ironies of history FDR rode to the Capitol to declare war on the Empire of Japan in a bullet proof limousine that the federal government had seized from Al Capone. We credit this as ironical because ever since June 4, 1940 and the final evacuation of British forces from Dunkirk – or since Churchill’s becoming prime minister on May 10, 1940 – these two had worked hand in glove to maneuver the United States into the war using tactics that might have caused Capone to blush. While this book doesn’t reveal anything previously unknown it does provide a good digest of one day that contains many of the elements of the deceptions that FDR used throughout his presidency to rule and ruin.
Pearl Harbor : FDR leads the nation into war Steven M. Gillon New York : Basic Books, c 2011 Hardcover. 1st ed. and printing. xvi, 224 p. : ill. ; 25 cm. Includes bibliographical references and index. Clean, tight and strong binding with clean dust jacket. No highlighting, underlining or marginalia in text. VG/VG
Franklin D. Roosevelt called December 7, 1941, “a date which will live in infamy.” History would prove him correct; the events of that day-when the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor – ended the Great Depression, changed the course of FDR’s presidency, and swept America into World War II. In Pearl Harbor, Gillon provides a minute-by-minute account of Roosevelt’s manipulations and equivocations in the wake of the most devastating military assault on American in history. FDR proved both decisive and deceptive, inspiring the nation while keeping the real facts of the causes and costs of the attack a secret from congressional leaders and the public.
Pearl Harbor explores the anxious and emotional events surrounding the attack on Pearl Harbor, showing how the president and the American public responded in the pivotal twenty-four hours that followed, a period in which America burst from precarious peace into total war.