Pearl Harbor

Pearl Harbor

From Infamy to Greatness

Large Print - 2016
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The America we live in today was born, not on July 4, 1776, but on December 7, 1941, when an armada of 354 Japanese warplanes supported by aircraft carriers, destroyers, and midget submarines suddenly and savagely attacked the United States, killing 2,403 men -- and forced America's entry into World War II. This book follows, moment by moment, the sailors, soldiers, pilots, diplomats, admirals, generals, emperor, and president as they engineer, fight, and react to this dramatic moment in world history. Beginning in 1914, Craig Nelson maps the road to war, with Franklin D. Roosevelt, then the Assistant Secretary of the Navy (and not yet afflicted with polio), attending the laying of the keel of the USS Arizona at the Brooklyn Navy Yard. Nelson traces Japan's leaders as they lurch into ultranationalist fascism, culminating in their scheme to terrify America with one of the boldest attacks ever waged. Backed by a research team's five years of work, which produced nearly a million pages of documents, as well as Nelson's re-examination of the original evidence assembled by federal investigators, this work provides a blow-by-blow account from both the Japanese and American perspectives.
Publisher: Farmington Hills, Michigan : Thorndike Press, a part of Gale, Cengage Learning, 2016
Edition: Large print edition
ISBN: 9781410494733
141049473X
Branch Call Number: LP 940.5426 NEL
Characteristics: large print
949 pages (large print) : illustrations, maps ; 23 cm

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SBCubs
Oct 19, 2016

I got about 20 pages into the book and couldn't finish it. There were a lot of errors and it got to be too much after awhile. I emailed the author about one of the errors and got a very strange answer. He said I knew as much about it as he did. That's a strange thing to say since he wrote the book and I didn't.

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SirWhiskers
Oct 06, 2016

Book jacket says the book is "backed by a research team's five years of work..." If so, then the author didn't understand the research - the book is packed with gross inaccuracies, such as General George MacArthur (meant Douglas), the Japanese occupation of Indonesia in 1940 (meant Indochina?), that the German invasion of Russia consisted of an immense wedge of 2,700 tanks (no idea what he could have meant here), and so forth. Definitely not recommended.

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