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From the writer of Forrest Gump and A hurricane in Flanders comes a riveting chronicle of America's most important hour. On December 6, 1941, an unforeseen assault on American territory pulled an unprepared state right into a terrifying new model of struggle. Novelist and well known historian Winston Groom vividly re-creates the tale of America's first 12 months in international battle II. To the new release of usa citizens who lived via it, the second one global warfare was once the defining occasion of the 20 th century, and the defining occasions of that conflict have been performed out within the yr 1942.

This account covers the Allies' relentless defeats because the Axis overran such a lot of Europe, North Africa, and the a ways East. yet midyear the tide started to flip. the USA eventually went at the offensive within the Pacific, and within the west the British defeated Rommel's panzer divisions at El Alamein whereas the U.S. military started to push the Germans out of North Africa. through the year's finish, the odor of victory used to be within the air. 1942, informed with Groom's comprehensive storyteller's eye, permits us into the admirals' technique rooms, onto the conflict fronts, and into the center of a kingdom at battle.

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And down the road we went, me and the boy there, fighting,” she said years later. Henry Lee reached down and grabbed the bridle bit from where she left it and raised it up against her. “He took it and nearly beat me to death,” she said. ” Without her half brothers and her father around, she was on her own. “You had to fight,” she would later say. “Them boys would mess with you. You couldn’t whoop ’em. ” Within a few years, the boys would not want to fight with her anymore. They wanted to sit and hold her hand and talk.

I stared into the faces, searched the light in their eyes, the width of their smiles for clues as to how they got there. Why did they go? What were they looking for? How did they get the courage to leave all they ever knew for a place they had never seen, the will to be more than the South said they had a right to be? Was it a braver thing to stay, or was it a braver thing to go? What would have happened if she had not gone north and met and married the Tuskegee Airman from Virginia, a migrant himself, who would become my father?

Between the hors d’oeuvres and conversation, one of the clubwomen noticed, for the first time apparently, a statuette of the Virgin Mary on a cabinet in the hostess’s living room. The guest cattily remarked upon it. Why, she never knew that the hostess and her family were Catholics! The attorney’s wife was shaken by the accusation, and quickly replied that of course not, they were Methodists and she thought everyone knew that. She only had the statuette because she happened to like it. But after the party was over and the guests were gone, the accusation haunted her, and she fretted over the implication that she might be seen as a member of a lesser tribe.

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