Pearl Harbor: The Verdict of History
Open Road Media, May 6, 2014 - History - 827 pages
The New York Times–bestselling authors of Miracle at Midway delve into the surprise attack on Pearl Harbor during WWII in “a superb work of history” (Albuquerque Journal Magazine).
In the predawn hours of December 7, 1941, a Japanese carrier group sailed toward Hawaii. A few minutes before 8:00 a.m., they received the order to rain death on the American base at Pearl Harbor, sinking dozens of ships, destroying hundreds of airplanes, and taking the lives of over two thousand servicemen. The carnage lasted only two hours, but more than seventy years later, terrible questions remain unanswered.
How did the Japanese slip past the American radar? Why were the Hawaiian defense forces so woefully underprepared? What, if anything, did American intelligence know before the first Japanese pilot shouted “Tora! Tora! Tora!”? In this incomparable volume, Pearl Harbor experts Gordon W. Prange, Donald M. Goldstein, and Katherine V. Dillon tackle dozens of thorny issues in an attempt to determine who was at fault for one of the most shocking military disasters in history.
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Prange devoted much time and thought to this chapter, for he believed that the
lessons of Pearl Harbor were universal and timeless, and therefore to be
remembered and acted upon. Many writers have treated the military aspects of
the Pearl ...
The Japanese honestly believed themselves divinely appointed to rule all Asia.
Their navy was still a battleship navy, and Yamamoto was a battleship admiral,
but he was sufficiently flexible to authorize the formation of the First Air Fleet, the
How could their aircraft have evaded the impersonal, all-seeing radarscope?
How could an enemy pounce upon Pearl Harbor, widely believed to be
impregnable? How could they successfully launch aerial torpedoes in its shallow
One of the sincerest of them was Charles A. Lindbergh, who believed that global
war would mean the end of present civilization. Their big mistake lay in believing
that this country could remain cloistered if it wished to. Isolationism involved a ...
If Congress believed that certain courses were for the good of the nation, it would
have overridden the White House or taken the lead. The Congress of the United
States was a very different proposition from the German Reichstag, Hitler's ...
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The previous book “At Dawn We Slept” was a re-creation of the apocalyptic events of December 7, 1941. This provocative sequel delves even further to examine the underlying causes of Pearl Harbor and ... Read full review
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Prange's twin volumes offer everything you always wanted to know about Pearl Harbor but were afraid to ask, plus pictures! Together, these tomes comprise an exhaustive study of the day that will live ... Read full review
Alerted to Prevent Sabotage
The Failure to Comprehend
An Important Man in an Important Post
Peculiar Complicated and Tense
Always Striving for Perfection
His Most Grievous Failure
The Last Critical Stages
It Is Inexplicable
He Had Supreme Responsibility
On Lines of National Policy
Looking in the Wrong Direction
ADVISERS PLANNERS AND CHIEFS
With Knives and Hatchets
Crimination and Recrimination
To Help and Serve
Faults of Omission
Outside of Effective Contact
A Finger of Blame
Primarily a Failure of Men
The Pitfalls of Divided Responsibility
A Lack of Imagination
East Wind Rain
FIELD COMMANDERS AND OPERATORS
A Sentinel on Duty
THE VIEW FROM THE CROWS NEST
Blessed by the War God
A Strategic Imbecility
A Mental Attitude
In the Wake of the Pearl Harbor Disaster
Remember Pearl Harbor
The Pearl Harbor Investigations
Japanese Proposals of November 20 1941
War Warning Messages of November 27 1941
Proposed Modus Vivendi
Japans Bomb Plot Message
The Hull Note of November 26 1941
About the Authors