- Published: Nashville, Tenn. : Thomas Nelson, c2011.
- Year Published: 2011
- Description: x, 645 p.,  p. of plates : ill. (some col.) ; 24 cm.
- Language: English
- Format: Book
- World War, 1939-1945.
- Pearl Harbor (Hawaii), Attack on, 1941.
- United States -- Foreign relations -- 1933-1945.
- United States -- History -- 1933-1945.
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December 1941 : 31 days that changed America and saved the world
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Call number: 940.537 Sh
Available Copies: Downtown 2nd Floor, Malletts Adult, Pittsfield Adult, West Adult
Chronicles the decisive month in American history, where the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor facilitated the entrance of the United States into World War II, and details the economic, social, and political climate of the country during that time.
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The author also confuses the terms "warship" (a generic term for naval vessels designed primarily for combat rather than other purposes, e.g. transportation) with "battleship," traditionally the largest type of warship primarily armed with guns rather than aircraft and defined by treaty prior to WWII in terms of displacement and gun-size. On p. 16 the author states that the original "cash and carry" plan for providing support for Britain "... was radically altered so the British could 'borrow' old American battleships and other war materiel and pay the U.S. Government later." In context this appears to be the famous "Destroyers" for bases" deal in which Britian received 50 mothballed US WWI destroyers, not battleships, in exchange for 99-year leases on bases in the Western Hemisphere. These old and small destroyers were far smaller than contemporary battleships, only approximately one-twentieth their displacement. In short, battleships are warships but not all warships are battleships and battleships, although they can destroy, are not destroyers.
On page 46, the author refers to the British mounting a counteroffensive against Gen. Erwin Rommel and his 16th Panzer Division. The two panzer divisions in Rommel's Afrika Corps at that time were, famously, the 21st and the 15th, not the 16th.
These mistakes are all quite obvious to anyone with an elementary familiarity with the subject matter but escaped the author, his credited research assistant and the editor. Although perhaps relatively trivial in the broad subject matter of the book, they left me with the impression that the scholarship was less than rigorous and concerned that I might not recognize other, perhaps more important, errors.
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