On December 7, 1941, Japan attacked Pearl Harbor, killing and wounding over 3500 Americans and crippling our Hawaiian naval base. The attack drew the United States into World War II, which it fought on several fronts: the Pacific front, in a brutal war against imperial Japanese forces, and the European front, against Nazi and Axis powers.
For the family:
From Pearl Harbor to Okinawa by Bruce Bliven Jr. (American Landmark).
The Story of World War II by Robert Leckie (Landmark Giant)
Franklin Delano Roosevelt by Russell Freedman (Newbery Award winning author)
Victory in the Pacific by Albert Marrin
World War II: The Pacific Theater by Phyllis Emert (first person accounts)
Complete lists of book recommendations for every reading level, and every detail of World War II history, as well as a comprehensive timeline of events, can be found in All Through the Ages History Through Literature Guide, pages 170-176.