Crucible of a Generation tells the story of the fifteen days surrounding the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor through the pages of eight leading American newspapers. Focusing on publications such as The New York Times and the Chicago Tribune, J. Kenneth Brody paints a vivid picture of U.S. political culture and society at a pivotal moment in the nation's history. Brody considers the papers in full, from headlines to "help wanted" ads, in a text richly illustrated with archival images, wartime posters, and editorial cartoons. The book provides a compelling snapshot of the United States and the role of the media at a time of dramatic tension and global change.
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About the Author
J. Kenneth Brody served as a World War II naval officer in the Atlantic, Mediterranean, and Pacific theaters. He practiced law in Seattle and was executive vice president of a Fortune 500 company, and then retired to write the history of his era. He is the author of The Avoidable War and The Trial of Pierre Laval.
Table of Contents
Prologue: Fifteen Fateful Days
Last Sunday at Peace: November 30, 1941
Last Week at Peace: December 1–6, 1941
"Day of Infamy": Sunday, December 7, 1941
First Week at War: December 8–13, 1941
First Sunday at War: December 14, 1941
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
There exist two unique aspects of Crucible of a Generation by J. Kenneth Brody. Based on the contents of daily newspapers, Crucible of a Generation provides the reader with the knowledge of the average American of politics, culture, economics, and the cost of living. The newspapers, in their editorials, news items, and advertising, recorded the prices, wages, prejudices, and interests of their readership. The idea of focusing on fifteen fateful days that transformed America as documented by the leading papers across the country sets this history apart from other books. Then as now, the country was divided. America did not come together until the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor. The author captured my attention and I fully agree with his observations and special approach to an often forgotten event in our national existence. Second, the information compiled and presented in Crucible of a Generation was based on the information in eight major newspapers from different areas of America. With the advent of the internet, social media, and blogs one wonders what someone wishing to examine knowledge and attitude of the average person of our present time would use as an information source. The Crucible of a Generation will be of interest to anyone interested in the event that caused America to enter WW II or interested in what the average American knew about that event. It will also be of interest to teachers and students in journalism classes as the internet continues to dominate the world as a source of information. Mr. Brody brings a special context to the writing of history. He was a naval officer in the Atlantic, Mediterranean, and Pacific theaters of WW II. He practiced law in Seattle and was Executive Vice President of a Fortune 500 company. When he retired he wrote the history of his era. He has published The Avoidable War and The Trial of Pierre Laval.