Wednesday, December 7, 2011

New books commemorate Pearl Harbor

This year marks the 70th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor, which occured December 7, 1941.

President Franklin Roosevelt called the day "a date which will live in infamy." On that day, Japanese planes attacked the United States Naval Base at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii Territory, taking the country by surprise and catapulting the United States into WWII.

The library recently added two books (2011) on Pearl Harbor, one nonfiction and one novel.

Pearl Harbor Christmas : A World at War, December 1941 by Stanley Weintraub offers a history of perhaps the most remarkable holiday season in twentieth-century history, December 1941. This Christmas season played out in the shadows of the Pearl Harbor attack and the start of America's involvement in World War II.

Pacific Glory: A Novel by P.T. Deutermann finds three military careers transformed by the attack on Pearl Harbor. Navy nurse Glory grieves for the loss of her husband while ship officer Marsh battles his way toward Leyte Gulf and fighter pilot Mick struggles with the drinking problem for which he was grounded.

Many other titles relating to Pearl Harbor are available at the library in the 940.54 section, and you may also check out classic films on DVD such as From Here to Eternity and Tora, Tora, Tora, which is a dramatization that chronicles the bombing of Pearl Harbor from both the Japanese and American points of view.

Cobblestone, the American History magazine for grades 5-9, features Pearl Harbor in its November/December issue, available to see now at the Warrenton and John Marshall libraries. Articles include “The Day the Bombs Fell,” a personal account of a child living in Pearl Harbor in 1941. A time line of Pearl Harbor from 1778 through 1959 is also featured along with an overview of tense relations between the United States and Japan leading up to the attack on Pearl Harbor 70 years ago.

See National Geographic online and the Library of Congress America's Story for more on Pearl Harbor.

The U.S. Navy took the photo above of the U.S.S. Arizona on fire, following the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941

CREDIT: “USS Arizona, at height of fire, following Japanese aerial attack on Pearl Harbor, Hawaii,” 1941. Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress. Reproduction Number LC-USZ62-104778.

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