Only yesterday to some, a lifetime away, for others, 1942 was a year of decision in world War II. This is a book for those who want to hear it now, whether, to remember or learn of battles like Midway, Guadalcanal, El Alamein, Stalingrad. The theme is in the title. 1942 was the year of the battle of the Coral Sea, the year Hitler took personal command of the forces in Russia (leading to General Paulus' 330,000 man entrapment), the year the Allies caught on to Doenitz U-boat tactics and began sending armed convoys across the Atlantic, and the year of drastic adjustment from top to bottom of the American economic ladder. It was also the year Clark Gable Joined the army as a private, the year of gasoline ration stamps, rising hemlines, plastic Zippers (many of which Stuck, Causing strippers to find more efficacious means), and a return to whale bone. Beginning in the days before Pearl Harbor, the narrative depicts some hard defeats for the Allies, and Concludes with the turning tide on all fronts of the war. It is consistently, continuously, readable.