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A GRIM FESTIVE SEASON.

Pearl Harbor had just been bombed, and Adolf Hitler had declared war on the United States.  It was a grim time in the United States, and only Winston Churchill and the future Dr. Seuss knew that the Axis had just lost their war.

Thus we have Stanley Weintraub's Pearl Harbor Christmas: A World at War, December 1941, which covers the public events from 22 December 1941 to 1 January 1942, fleshed out, though, with details of the Prime Minister's secret trip to the United States and Canada (well, not completely secret, as the famous Karsh portrait dates to the Canadian portion of the trip) and some of the political maneuvering in Washington and Ottawa.



Book Review No. 31 recommends Pearl Harbor Christmas as a brief, to-the-point description of pivotal events of those ten days, with some photographs and a few editorial cartoons.






The above, from page 110, credits the 26 December issue of the Portsmouth, N.H. Herald.  The cartoonist went on to draw more famous, if less ominous, animals and people.


It's worth keeping in mind, as troubled as our times are, that conditions have been a lot worse, and, for all of Hitler's and Tojo's overreach, the task confronting the Anglo-American Alliance, and the Soviet Union, was much more difficult.


(Cross-posted to Cold Spring Shops.)

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