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2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 2.00 (98 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Stanley Weintraub Narrator: Malcolm Hillgartner Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: November 2011 ISBN: 9781470802998
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Christmas 1941 came little more than two weeks after the attack on Pearl Harbor. The shock—in some cases overseas, elation—was worldwide. While Americans attempted to go about celebrating as usual, the reality of the just-declared war was on everybody’s mind. United States troops on Wake Island were battling a Japanese landing force and, in the Philippines, losing the fight to save Luzon. In Japan, the Pearl Harbor strike force returned to Hiroshima Bay and toasted its sweeping success. Across the Atlantic, much of Europe was frozen under grim Nazi occupation.

Just three days before Christmas, Churchill surprised Roosevelt with an unprecedented trip to Washington, where they jointly lit the White House Christmas tree. As the two Allied leaders met to map out a winning wartime strategy, the most remarkable Christmas of the century played out across the globe.

Pearl Harbor Christmas is a deeply moving and inspiring story about what it was like to live through a holiday season few would ever forget.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “[A] compelling book…Provides a compact and vivid day-by-day account of the days following the Japanese attacks on Pearl Harbor…For political junkies, this title is chock-full of amusing observations…Weintraub’s work is an illuminating and heartwarming celebration of the seventieth anniversary of Pearl Harbor.”

    Washington Post

  • “Weintraub excels at illuminating larger-than-life characters…Christmas 1941 may have been the most difficult in American history, but Weintraub describes it masterfully.”

    Minneapolis Star-Tribune

  • “A detailed yet intimate portrait of the weeks following Pearl Harbor.”

    Boston Globe

  • “A deeply moving and inspiring story about what it was like to live through a holiday season few would ever forget.”

    Louisville Courier-Journal

  • “A must-read for history buffs…Entertaining.”

    San Diego Union-Tribune

  • “A minor genre, the day-by-day chronicle, receives a fine addition as veteran historian Weintraub devotes a chapter each to the last ten days of 1941 plus New Year’s Day…Readers will enjoy his opinionated portraits of the allied leaders as they hammered out strategy, much of which was rendered irrelevant by subsequent events.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “A vivid eleven-day account of a World War II holiday…The author brilliantly juxtaposes the horror and violence of war with the tender nostalgia of Christmas…Erudite, sweeping, and contemplative—classic Weintraub.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “Narrated by Malcolm Hilgartner, the account has the urgency of news bulletins as it juxtaposes battles and diplomatic efforts with holiday preparations. He gives figures such as Winston Churchill and Franklin D. Roosevelt appropriates tones of gravitas in a historic meeting. Bringing alive a last Christmas of plenty before wartime deprivations hit the US public foreshadows the dramatic effects of WWII. The book reveals December 1941 as a key month in US history.”

    AudioFile

Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Megan | 1/11/2014

    " 2.5 stars. I did like that the narrator included footnotes from the print edition in the audiobook. I just found him too easy to "drown out" when driving, as I listened to this in the car on my commute. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Victoria | 11/29/2013

    " Easy read about the post Pearl Harbor period and the meetings between Churchill and FDR. Shocked to read of all the mistakes made by General Douglas MacArthur in the Pacific theater. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Christine D | 10/13/2013

    " I tried to read this but nothing about this book engaged me. The topic seemed really interesting but I gave up quickly and considering it's only 200 pages, that is not saying much for the book "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jay | 9/23/2013

    " Slightly disjointed, but overall an excellent perspective into the early days of American participation in WWII. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Cheri | 6/8/2013

    " Well, this book was not the one. I normally love non-fiction, especially WWII and Roosevelt. This one read far too much like a boring textbook. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Pedro | 6/1/2013

    " Like the history, but not the writing. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kenneth Flusche | 4/27/2013

    " Verry interesting book but a dry read, for historical information I rate it a 5, for intertainment a 2, but I learned a lot and wish some one would write about 5 books in an interesting format to give the complete story from within the story. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Leah (packfan20) | 4/25/2013

    " Some parts were interesting but the writing was a bit dry and choppy. I felt like I was reading a textbook. Lots of name dropping that was hard to keep track of. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Barbara | 2/13/2013

    " This book isn't exactly about Christmas at Pearl Harbor. It is about the Christmas season of 1941, right after PH! It is completely dry history, but, actually I enjoyed it! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Beth | 1/29/2013

    " Quite interesting. The author has a unique point of view. The writing style is a little disorganized, and this can make it harder to follow. But overall, definitely worth reading. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Margaret | 6/11/2012

    " Even though I read obsessively about this period in time (World War II) , I still have a lot to learn, and I learned quite a bit from this book. Well-written and well researched. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mitch Cardella Trudel Du Mond | 3/6/2012

    " long and dry. but a lot of information. not my cup of tea. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Richard Munro | 11/22/2011

    " good but not great and I caught at least one obvious error. Clark Gable should not be mentioned in the book (it was Tyrone Power) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tom | 10/31/2011

    " An interesting snapshop of American life in December 1941, read in the week after my Mom (who was 9 at the time) died. "

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About the Author

Stanley Weintraub is a National Book Award finalist and a former Guggenheim fellow. A professor emeritus of arts and humanities at Penn State University, he is the author of numerous histories and biographies, including Silent Night and 11 Days in December, and is an expert on George Bernard Shaw. He lives in Newark, Delaware.

About the Narrator

Malcolm Hillgartner is an actor, author, playwright, and professional narrator. Under the name Jahnna N. Malcolm, he and his wife, Jahnna Beecham, have written over one hundred books for young readers; their musicals have played in theaters across America. His audiobook credits include works by Dean Koontz, Nelson Algren, and William F. Buckley Jr. He has won four AudioFile Earphones Awards.