History is much more than dates and names. It is people, events, lives. Many history books tend to lean too far one way or another–either they get lost in facts and figures, or they get so caught up in the “personal aspect” that they lose the big picture.
In his book December, 1941–31 Days that Changed America and Saved the World, author Craig Shirley mainly succeeds in maintaining the balance. His in-depth look at this pivotal month in US history goes back and forth from the halls of Washington to the homes of middle America.
Where this book could have been improved–in my opinion–is in the editing. There were several times that I found myself wishing my own editors had been assigned to the book. It would have made the reading a lot more pleasurable.
By far the best part of the book was the final chapter, where the long-range results of Pearl Harbor and its aftermath were discussed.
Quick rating: It’s a good book for history buffs, if you can get around the editing issues.
Disclaimer: I got this book for free from Thomas Nelson Publishers as part of their BookSneeze program. I am under no obligation to write a positive review.