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Pearl Harbor : Japan's fatal blunder : the true story behind Japan's attack on December 7, 1941
Albright, Harry.
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Hippocrene paperback illustrated edition.
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New York : Hippocrene Books, 2004.

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378 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm

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D767.92 .A68 1988C Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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In this gripping narrative, the author reviews the decisions made by Admiral Nagumo, the Japanese strike force commander, and his chief of staff, Admiral Kusaka, and examines the battle of Midway, in this light. He also considers what a third Japanese attack on Oahu might have accomplished, had the Japanese pressed their offensive advantage to substantially cripple the united States Navy. Their failure to do so might be considered the "fatal blunder" that cost them the Second World War. Black-and-white photographs depict the damage wrought by the Japanese air strikes, which launched the United States unto one of history's bloodiest conflicts.

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Publisher's Weekly Review

The ``swift and ruthless'' policy of the Japanese navy in World War II was due to the military genius of Adm. Heihachiro Togo, whose strategies during the Sino- and Russo-Japanese wars, the author asserts, provided a model for Adm. Isoroku Yamamoto in his attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941. Albright, an intelligence officer at Army headquarters on Oahu at the time, tells the familiar story of the failure of the U.S. command to heed the warnings of impending disaster. He also argues that neither Gen. Walter Short nor Adm. Husband Kimmel deserves the degree of blame for the Pearl Harbor disaster that historians have placed on their shoulders. Albright tells, as well, of the planning, preparation and execution of the two-wave Japanese assault. He contends that the Japanese could have caused far greater damage had they exploited their initial success with a third wave, a carrier-baiting landing on Oahuand he speculates on how this might have turned out. The study concludes with an examination of the devastating Japanese naval defeat at Midway six months after Pearl Harbor and the death of Yamamoto. (July) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Library Journal Review

Although the surprise attack on Pearl Harbor is viewed as a victory for the Japanese, Albright speculates that the empire's failure to wage a third strike on Oahu that conceivably could have finished off the U.S Navy's Pacific operations ultimately cost Japan the victory in World War II. This edition of the 1988 original has been expanded to include numerous photographs of the attack. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

Part I "Slash swiftly and without warning"
1. Fatal Legacyp. 13
2. The Naked Bladep. 19
3. The Perfect Battlep. 27
4. The Inheritancep. 35
5. A Plan Is Bornp. 41
6. The Instrumentp. 47
7. The Bull's Eyep. 57
Part II "Their fatal hands intend no second stroke"
8. The Lighted Fusep. 71
9. The Fury Burstsp. 101
Part III "There is a tide in the affairs of men, which taken at the flood leads on to fortune"
10. The Lost Hoursp. 129
11. The Bloody Targetp. 137
12. The Storm's Edgep. 153
13. The Ripest Plumsp. 159
14. Cocked Dicep. 165
15. Calling the Shotsp. 173
Part IV "Our surprise attack ... will prove to be the Waterloo of the war to follow"
16. The Third Attackp. 179
17. A Firelit Hellp. 185
18. Kauai's Perilp. 189
19. Baited Trapp. 203
20. With Fire and Swordp. 217
Part V "To find a fight"
21. To Find a Fightp. 229
22. Unwilling Warriorsp. 233
23. Hold the Fortp. 237
24. Battle for the Beachp. 243
25. Seek and Findp. 249
26. The Lonely Beachp. 261
27. Sea Battlep. 265
Part VI "The brazen throat of war"
28. A Tough Nut to Crackp. 279
29. My Name's Nimitzp. 285
30. Operation Hawaii IIp. 291
31. Battle for Oahup. 301
Part VII "All they that take the sword shall perish with the sword"
32. It Was Not to Bep. 329
33. Why Midway?p. 333
34. In the Fogp. 341
35. The Ambushp. 347
36. Devil's Dilemmap. 351
37. Five Terrible Minutesp. 359
38. The Admirals Weptp. 369
39. The Bitter Endp. 373