978-0-525-93344-1 / 9780525933441

Long Day's Journey into War: December 7, 1941


Publisher:Dutton Adult



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Long Day's Journey into War recaptures the whirlwind events sweeping the world on the calendar day that may be the most momentous of the twentieth century. "A day that will live in infamy" was President Franklin D. Roosevelt's characterization of the unquiet Sunday that was. on the western half of the globe, December 7, 1941. In this riveting re-creation, the vast, worldwide scope of the major turning point of World War II comes to unforgettable life.
In Washington. D.C.. the U.S. and Japanese governments move toward irreversible confrontation. In Tokyo, Emperor Hirohito strains to hear, amid the crackling radio static, the first reports of war. Landings in Malaya and Thailand at midnight are timed to coincide across thousands of miles of ocean with carrier-plane and suicide-sub attacks at daylight on Hawaii.
In Russia, in the sub-zero snows, the German onslaught crests against the furious counterattacks of a Red Army rising from its ruins. In North Africa, in the torrid sands about besieged Tobruk, Rommel's Afrika Korps discovers its limits. In Nazi-occupied Europe, in a bleak Polish forest, Hitler's "final solution" is given its first grisly trial run.
On the beaches of Malaya, where the jungle creeps almost to the sea, and in Singapore, where the lights stay on during an air raid, British colonial smugness crumbles before Japanese daring. In the Indies, oil fields are torched into firestorms to deny them to the Japanese. In the Philippines. American unpreparedness and incompetence lead to disasters more damaging than at Pearl Harbor...

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