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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Hawaii's was not the only military establishment taken by surprise. Although
MacArthur's headquarters had been notified of the attack on Pearl Harbor, the
Japanese caught the American planes on the ground at Clark Field just as they
did on ...
To understand Pearl Harbor even partially, and to evaluate intelligently the
mistakes and misapprehensions on the American side which so unwittingly and
ironically contributed to the Japanese victory and achievement of surprise, one
Before a single shot had been fired, Commander Mitsuo Fuchida, leader of the
air strike, knew that the Japanese had achieved surprise, and so advised the
flagship, Akagi, by the code word Tora! Tora! Tora! (“Tiger! Tiger! Tiger!”). At 0750
... upon the part of Japan ... by destroying the chance for a surprise naval attack.
28 Later each political party tried to saddle the other with defeating the Guam bill.
Actually, both were at fault. The Republicans registered a firm 138 to 15 against.
For that matter, Maas was equally mistaken in postulating that the mere presence
of U.S. scouting planes would be any guarantee against surprise, as events on
Oahu so painfully proved. Any effect the neglect of Guam had upon events at ...
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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