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Pearl Harbor: FDR Leads the Nation into War Audiobook

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Franklin D. Roosevelt famously 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, acclaimed historian Steven M. Gillon provides a vivid, minute-by-minute account of Roosevelt’s skillful leadership in the wake of the most devastating military assault in American history. FDR proved both decisive and deceptive, inspiring the nation while keeping the real facts 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.

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  • Pearl Harbor makes a strong case that Roosevelt shared in the shock all Americans felt…Fascinating.”

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch

  • “Presents a ton of marvelous details about how events unfolded in the Pacific, the United States and the rest of the world.”

    Kansas City Star

  • “[Gillon] provides a concise and informative account of Franklin Roosevelt’s initial response to the crisis.”

    Oregonian

  • “An engrossing and highly informative chronicle of crisis management at a decisive moment in history.”

    Booklist

  • “Gillon paints a vivid picture….An excellent introduction to Roosevelt and his times with heavy emphasis on events surrounding Pearl Harbor.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “In this compelling account of the day that will live in infamy, Steven Gillon brilliantly evokes the peaceable White House and unprepared nation that were thrown into chaos and confusion on 7 December 1941. Gillon highlights the ‘deadly calm’ with which Franklin D. Roosevelt responded to one of the most significant events of the twentieth century and set the United States on course to be a military and economic superpower.”

    Tony Badger, Paul Mellon Professor of American History, Cambridge University

  • “Steve Gillon’s Pearl Harbor is a masterful account of how Franklin Roosevelt responded to one of the greatest crises in American history. Gillon’s compelling narrative provides a fresh look at a seminal event and reminds us of why FDR enjoys standing as one of the country’s greatest presidents.”

    Robert Dallek, Presidential Historian

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About the Author

Steven M. Gillon is scholar-in-residence at the History Channel. He has taught at both Yale and Oxford and is currently professor of history at the University of Oklahoma. He has written numerous books about modern American politics and culture, including Pearl Harbor: FDR Leads the Nation into War and The Pact: Bill Clinton, Newt Gingrich, and the Rivalry That Defined a Generation. He lives in Norman, Oklahoma.

About the Narrator

John Pruden is an Earphones Award–winning audiobook narrator. His exposure to many people, places, and experiences throughout his life provides a deep creative well from which he draws his intelligent audiobook narration and talented vocal characterizations. His audiobook reading of The Killing of Crazy Horse by Thomas Powers was chosen by the Washington Post as a Best Audiobook of 2010.