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The attack on Pearl Harbor : America enters World War II
McNeese, Tim.
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Publication Information:
Greensboro, NC : Morgan Reynolds, [2002]

Physical Description:
112 pages : illustrations, maps ; 22 cm
Traces events leading up to and resulting from the December 7, 1941, Japanese attack on American battleships at Pearl Harbor, which brought the United States into World War II.
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D767.92 .M42 2002 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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December 7, 1941, is one of the most famous dates in American history. On that day, over 350 Japanese planes bombed Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. This account brings the events to life and will be of interest to any young reader who wants to know more about American military history.

Author Notes

Tim McNeese is an Associate Professor of History at York College in Nebraska

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Gr. 5-8. McNeese begins his discussion of the attack on Pearl Harbor with a helpful explanation of how economic, social, and political conditions in Japan in the 1920s and 1930s led to the country's increasingly aggressive military actions. This opening offers a solid base for the main story: the planning, execution, and effects of the Japanese assault on Pearl Harbor in 1941. The occasional strong language and details of carnage do not seem out of place in reporting the attack, but they indicate an older audience than one might expect from such a short book. Illustrated with maps and period photographs, this book from the First Battles series describes events clearly, with vivid details that bring historical scenes to life. Unfortunately, no source notes are provided by the many quotations that enliven the text. A chronology, bibliography, and list of Web sites round out a succinct, useful introduction. --Carolyn Phelan

School Library Journal Review

Gr 7-10-This series title recounts the events of December 7, 1941, in the manner of a well-written, but otherwise undistinguished, dissertation (minus the footnotes). There is little to engage the target audience or provide them with more than the basic facts for reports. The book's structured organization supports McNeese's thesis, "The three hours that passed between the spotting of the Japanese submarine and the first bombs falling on Pearl Harbor are three of the most critical hours in U.S. history." He describes the build-up of military might in Japan following World War I and delineates the actions and personalities that brought about this day of infamy. According to the author, the result was "the single worst military disaster in the history of the United States Navy-." Beginning with an outline of the Japanese strategies, the bulk of the short book explains the preparation for and execution of the attack. Japan's ultimate defeat is explained, although this was accomplished with Truman's orders to drop the atomic bomb, not Roosevelt's as the last chapter states. Black-and-white archival photos, some of which are poorly reproduced, and some useful maps break up the narrative. Considering that there is no dearth of materials on this subject, most libraries can skip this title.-Andrew Medlar, Chicago Public Library, IL (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 "Asia for Asians!"p. 9
Chapter 2 Dark Clouds in the Pacificp. 21
Chapter 3 "Things are Automatically Going to Happen"p. 32
Chapter 4 Codename: "Operation Z"p. 40
Chapter 5 The First Wavep. 57
Chapter 6 The Second Wavep. 84
Chapter 7 Infamyp. 94
Timelinep. 102
Bibliographyp. 106
Websitesp. 109
Indexp. 110