What are you currently reading?
Dubliners & A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce
The Great Zoo of China by Matthew Reilly
What did you just finish reading?
The Iliad by Homer
Pearl Harbor: FDR Leads the Nation Into War by Steven Gillon
The Gargoyle by Andrew Davidson
What do you think you’ll read next?
Some Kind of Wonderful by Barbara Freethy
The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken
Seeker by Arwen Elys Dayton
We are going on vacation beginning late next week, so depending on the timeline/how quickly I’m reading/internet connection/etc…my blogging may be sporadic for a bit. Please be patient with me. I’ll be back to normal after the second week of February!
Are you guys tired of me whining about reading my husband’s books yet? Because I am. Why am I still torturing myself (and you)?
Yeah, I don’t know either.
In all honesty, Steven Gillon’s account of Pearl Harbor wasn’t bad. It was quite informative. My version of the battle on December 7 comes from that Ben Affleck movie (mmmm Josh Hartnett. Whatever happened to him?). You don’t see much of the President’s side of things, but it makes FDR look like a stoic teddy bear. My teddy bear image of him is furthered by seeing him in Annie, wheeling across the lawn with Eleanor by his side.
Come to find out, he was NOTHING like either of those movie depictions. Turns out he was actually kind of a disloyal jackass.
Anyway, it was interesting to read everything that happened in the moments after the Japanese strike–how hard information was to get, how secretive everything was, how the President and his staff handled it all. The book was a little dry, it definitely wasn’t super exciting or action-filled, but it’s not meant to be. It also wasn’t very long–under 200 pages. This isn’t a full bio of FDR, just an in-depth look at the days surrounding the attack. It’s just long enough to really give you the nitty gritty of that piece of history.