1941: The America That Went to War (Hardback)
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1941: The America That Went to War (Hardback)

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Hardback 320 Pages / Published: 27/09/2016
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As America approaches the seventy-fifth anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor, author William M. Christie provides a detailed history of the United States on the eve of World War II. 1941: The America That Went to War presents not only the military events of 1941 and specific areas of interest like sports, home life, and transportation, but also an overall portrait of the country.

The America of 1941 was very different from the country we know today. Most people were just getting back on their feet after the struggles of the Depression, their interests personal and inward. Access to the political process was uneven, yet there was no general assumption that all citizens should have an equal voice in government. Magazines and radio provided all the cultural experiences people expected to be able to enjoy. Ethnic stereotypes were widely accepted, and concerns with social justice were only beginning to expand. After the Depression, most workers found jobs related to the growth of the American defense industry, but the nation was fearful of the foreign wars that made increased armaments necessary. Yet everything was about to change with the forced entry onto the world stage. Christie describes all this and more, demonstrating that one cannot understand the United States during and after World War II without understanding the country that entered the war.

Organized in a series of vignettes representing focal events of each month, 1941 brings readers into the mind-set of 1941 America. These stories show both what Americans were doing and how they saw themselves and the world in that last year of peace.

Skyhorse Publishing, as well as our Arcade imprint, are proud to publish a broad range of books for readers interested in history--books about World War II, the Third Reich, Hitler and his henchmen, the JFK assassination, conspiracies, the American Civil War, the American Revolution, gladiators, Vikings, ancient Rome, medieval times, the old West, and much more. While not every title we publish becomes a New York Times bestseller or a national bestseller, we are committed to books on subjects that are sometimes overlooked and to authors whose work might not otherwise find a home.

Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing
ISBN: 9781631440557
Number of pages: 320
Weight: 581 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 33 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
"A fascinating glimpse of a country passing through the twilight of splendid isolation to becoming a world power." -The New York Journal of Books

"The year 1941 was the dividing line between the America of yesterday and the America of tomorrow. William M. Christie has captured the essence of this twelve month transition in all of its excitement, from Joe DiMaggio's hitting streak to the shock of Pearl Harbor. A must read for World War II and general history buffs. Informative and entertaining." Victor Brooks, author of The Longest Year: America at War and at Home in 1944

"With topics ranging from FDR's third inauguration, to Hollywood's latest hits, to Joltin' Joe DiMaggio's hitting streak, to America's military buildup, 1941 provides a panoramic introduction to a nation standing on the brink of war. Christie's clear prose and thematic approach immerse the reader in a world of big bands and bigger headlines. Politics, art, literature, war, work, the good and the bad Christie packs the entirety of an era into one eminently readable volume." David Welky, author of Marching Across the Color Line: A. Philip Randolph and Civil Rights in the World War II Era and A Wretched and Precarious Situation: In Search of the Last Arctic Frontier
"A fascinating glimpse of a country passing through the twilight of splendid isolation to becoming a world power." -The New York Journal of Books

"The year 1941 was the dividing line between the America of yesterday and the America of tomorrow. William M. Christie has captured the essence of this twelve month transition in all of its excitement, from Joe DiMaggio's hitting streak to the shock of Pearl Harbor. A must read for World War II and general history buffs. Informative and entertaining." Victor Brooks, author of The Longest Year: America at War and at Home in 1944

"With topics ranging from FDR's third inauguration, to Hollywood's latest hits, to Joltin' Joe DiMaggio's hitting streak, to America's military buildup, 1941 provides a panoramic introduction to a nation standing on the brink of war. Christie's clear prose and thematic approach immerse the reader in a world of big bands and bigger headlines. Politics, art, literature, war, work, the good and the bad Christie packs the entirety of an era into one eminently readable volume." David Welky, author of Marching Across the Color Line: A. Philip Randolph and Civil Rights in the World War II Era and A Wretched and Precarious Situation: In Search of the Last Arctic Frontier

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