Pearl Harbor by Steven M. Gillon

Pearl Harbor

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 ...

Details Pearl Harbor

TitlePearl Harbor
Release DateOct 25th, 2011
PublisherBasic Books (AZ)
GenreHistory, Nonfiction, War, North American Hi..., American History, World War II, Politics

Reviews Pearl Harbor

  • Michael Flanagan
    A very interesting read if not a slightly misleading title. What you get in this book is a look at Franklin D Roosevelt’s leadership of the USA into war. Pearl Harbour is the catalyst for this but if you are looking for a history of the Pearl Harbour incident look elsewhere.The author gives us great insight on the high level of leadership required to take a nation to a war footing and rally a nation. This is my first book on FDR and I found thi...
  • Kristi Thielen
    Short, concise book about the first 24 hours after the bombing at Pearl Harbor, as FDR labors to gain a sense for what actually happened and shapes the official response he will deliver to the public. To anyone who has read much history of the era, the general sweep of the book is familiar. There are, however, some smaller details that are interesting to note: the concern about the security of the phone line over while FDR conversed with military...
  • Tony
    PEARL HARBOR. (2011). Steven M. Gillon. ***.This book focuses on the immediate aftermath of the attack on Pearl Harbor. Specifically, it goes after the events that occurred during the twenty-four hour period after the attack. The author tends to lean toward the political implications that the attack facilitated in the programs favored by Roosevelt. Here was a president who actively wanted to declare war against the Axis – Germany and Italy at t...
  • Len Knighton
    Gillon's portrait of FDR in the 24 hours after Japan's attack on Pearl Harbor isone which illuminates and inspires. He paints FDR as a flawed man in many ways, but a man who overcame most of them to lead his nation into the greatest conflagration the world has ever seen. He brings Roosevelt's supporting cast into the narrative skillfully, making each a major player in the drama while they occupied the stage. A page turner.
  • Janice
    Writer Steven M. Gillon narrows America's (pre) WWII involvement to the specifics of the December 7, 1941, Japanese attack at Pearl Harbor, incorporating President Franklin Roosevelt's hour by hour responses to the attack, culminating with his address to Congress at 12:30pm, December 8, 1941. Congress moved with unprecedented speed to pass the war resolution, sent to the White House and signed by FDR at 4:10pm, a mere three hours and thirty-seven...
  • Cincylitigator
    Ok took me a while to read this because I picked it up and put it down a couple of times. The best thing is that I finished it on Memorial Day - not necessarily planned but serendipitous. I had never read a book focusing on FDR so welcome the insight. There are some tidbits here that are very interesting such as the role polio played in steeling FDR for the Pearl Harbor ordeal. It is mind boggling that his handicap could have been concealed so th...
  • Jeff
    This book is okay and even enjoyable, but it is NOT a concise historical look at FDR's response to the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. The author goes through an introduction about the lack of information about FDR's response during the day of December 7 and how it was time to correct that deficiency. However, about 75% or more of this book doesn't deal with FDR's response. Parts of it include mini-biographical sketches of FDR, Elanor, and a few...
  • Tom Burkhalter
    Steven Gillon has written a well-paced and apparently minutely researched book mostly concerning the events of the 24 hours on either side of the President, Franklin D. Roosevelt, learning of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. "Mostly" covers contextual matters about the President's early life and formative events, such as his affliction with infantile paralysis. This is pretty close to a must-read book for someone with an interest in the event...
  • Roger
    This is a short book about how FDR was informed and how he acted once he understood what had happened. It gave a good run-up to the attack and what FDR was worried about. What surprised me was how FDR just trampled on the constitution. His immediate worry was that the US citizens would be demoralized if they knew the scope of the destruction at Pearl. So he quickly began to figure out how to institute censorship. And then the fear that Japanese-A...
  • Mara
    Definitely well-worth the $3 on audible (which, I'm assuming, was a D-Day special). Once again, my mind is blown by my own ignorance. I really knew very little about what was going on stateside- actually, I'm realizing my knowledge of German internal politics during this era has far exceeded that of its US counterpart. This was a great, brief and fascinating crash course for me. There were so many little tidbits that I discovered (e.g. Orson Well...
  • Tim Jin
    Pearl Harbor: FDR Leads the Nation into War by Steven M. Gillon is just okay. There is nothing new that I haven't read about. I've listened to numerous of hours on this war and the 32nd President, that I have became a nerd on this subject. There are way better books out there. If you are a total novice on the subject, or teaching history in high school and need reading material on Pearl Harbor and FDR, then this is a good start. But, if you are a...
  • Donna
    Another fascination for me is FDR and Churchill.... I loved the idea of this book. I'm always looking for books on these two. Such a an extraordinary time...I hope it never happens again. We certainly do not have the quality of leadership. In many ways it probably was a very good thing that news did not travel instantaneously. I wonder what would have happened if the package that carried the warning for Pearl Harbor was marked correctly. I was ha...
  • Patrick
    I think this was an overall good book on what FDR went through in the day of Pearl Harbor and its overall effect in government.FDR was deceptive and although externally warm no one knew who he was and he did not have any true friends. He also wanted contentious debate in his ring of advisors and personnel who served him. FDR concentrated on Europe his war efforts and not in Asia. He was avowed internationalist who advocated American involvement i...
  • Everydayreader1
    acclaimed historian, Steven M. Gillon, details the events of December 7, 1941--the day the empire of Japan attacked Pearl Harbor. He writes about this day, the people involved, the actions of President Roosevelt and the Cabinet, and others-including the government of Japan and the leaders of the attack. The book chronicles the twenty-four hours from the time of the attack through the actions of the President and Congress on December 8, 1941. Inte...
  • Vicki Andrada
    This book was like no other I've read about Pearl Harbor. It didn't concentrate on the battles, rather it focused largely on the reaction of President Roosevelt and those around him in the first 24 hours after the attack on Pearl. I learned a lot about president Roosevelt in this book, and how he handled a crisis not only affecting the United States but also affecting the entire world.I thought this book was great, and plan to read more from this...
  • Nancy
    I appreciated the detailed focus of this book. The author concentrated primarily on the 24-36 hour period surrounding the attack on December 7, 1941 of the Japanese on Pearl Harbor. I've read widely on WWII and several books on FDR, but this work, while providing necessary background for context, limited it's scope to a very short but significant time period and its significance. Consequently, I was exposed to new material and gained a greater un...
  • Eric England
    Pearl Harbor: FDR Leads The Nation Into War is an excellent and concise account of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt's decision-making processes and leadership style in the 24 hours after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. The book is an exhaustively researched piece of historical scholarship that reads like a page-turning political thriller. In other words, you will not be able to put it down...and will learn a lot in the process. The author...
  • T.J.
    Pearl Harbor: FDR Leads the Nation into War, by Steven M. Gillon is mainly about how Franklin Delano Roosevelt reacted to the devastating attack on Pearl Harbor. As it shows Roosevelt’s reaction it also provides background details and information on how World War II started for the United States. Details like the ships being sunk on on the Atlantic by German U-Boats pushed America closer to war. But on December 7th 1941 Japan attacked Pearl Har...
  • Joseph Whitt
    I picked up this historical book because of a sale for the anniversary of Pearl Harbor - it was well worth it and would (probably) be worth its usual price. A short book on FDR and Pearl Harbor, it is centrally focused on the 24-hour period between the bombing of Pearl Harbor and the declaration of war on Japan. What I found most interesting is that the nation's demand for information is exactly the same then as it is now but the technology was n...
  • JBP
    I've read a few other books on Pearl Harbor but Steven Gillon's short, succinct look at the first 24 hours in the attack's aftermath, particularly from the perspective of President Roosevelt, is an engaging, well-written book that gave me a lot of insight into the topic. This one uncovers a ton of things about what went on behind the scenes at the White House and in the government in the hours following the attack as well as things I didn't know ...
  • Kaylee Hamm
    This book is very interesting and I would say intense. I would say intense because its about Pearl Harbor being bombed. I love true story books so this book was a great pick for me. I don't like many history books but I was very interested in reading this book. I would recommend this book to anyone that likes history or likes intense action books. This book is very educational as well because it gave specific details. At some points in the book i...
  • Gary Land
    In a gripping narrative, Gillon follows Roosevelt's actions in the twenty-four hours following the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, meanwhile working in background material on Roosevelt's health, marriage, and advisors. Faced with both lack of information and misinformation as well as needing to unite a previously divided nation, Roosevelt carefully managed the flow of information to the public and congress as he attempted to steer through the mu...
  • George
    Roosevelt's leadership between Japan's attack on Pearl Harbor and the "infamy speech" is the focus of this book--a 24 hour period in US history. A short listen, it defines a transition from isolationist to world power. The book was also a short biography of FDR, including his career and personal life, with particular emphasis on his polio disability; how he managed the duties of the president. In the afterward, the author draws parallels with the...
  • Beth
    A fascinating, accessible read about the first 24 hours following the attack on Pearl Harbor. Once in a while, Gillon rabbit trails off course and moves more into FDR biography mode, but I suspect he decided that would be helpful for readers new to reading about the man and the era. He also spends some time unpacking the events leading up to Pearl Harbor and explains Japanese-American relations clearly and concisely.Most of all, he brings life an...
  • Kent Winward
    The pretext of the book was sort of a comparison of FDR and GWB and how they handled/botched the first 24 hours after their respective attacks. Gillon brings little new to the table and doesn't really even spend much of his focus on FDR in the 24 hours, but rehashes much of the historical terrain surrounding Pearl Harbor. The most interesting aspects were also glossed over, such as the critical role that communication/lack of communication played...
  • Valerie L
    This book takes you through the 24 hours after Pearl Harbor was bombed. It is a great look into FDR and the tuff decisions he had to make. This book is well written and not too lengthy. I think it is a little more for the historian than for the casual reader, unless this subject is your passion - then historian or not - you'll not want to miss it! 3 stars because I couldn't get really into it - skimmed more than read deeply.
  • Colin Slider
    an interesting take on the events - focussed almost exclusively on FDRs immediate reactions up the declaration of war the day after. That aspect of the events has probably not been looked at in quite so much detail before. Quite revealing on how FDRs paralysis as a result of polio was kept from the American public, and the lengths to which FDR himself went to in order not to be seen as being crippled
  • Lori
    Its a good short 6hr & 40min listen. If you want to know an account of that day, Dec 7, 1941, this book is a 24hr account of it, with back up history.I've read many many books on WW2 and knew most of this but still did learn some new things.Overall its written & read well which makes it flow pretty quickly. It is also written in such a way that you can leave it and pick it up again a few days later and not have to backtrack to catch up.
  • Sarah Mckelvy
    I enjoyed this book. My biggest frustration with this book is that Steven Gillon wrote he wanted to focus on what happened the first 24 hours after Pearl Harbor. In reality, at least 1/4-1/3 of the book was background information. At most 1/2 of the book was actually what happened the first 24 hours after the bombing of Pearl Harbor, so it was not what I expected it to be. It is a good beginning place to start on how the US came to enter WWII.
  • Dave
    This book could aptly be titled, "FDR in the 24 hours following the raid at Pearl Harbor." It is a good, concise snapshot (with appropriate background) of what FDR did, and why. And how lucky we were to have president with such presence of mind and clarity of purpose.I listened to the audio version of this book. John Pruden, as always, does an excellent job with the narration.