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Pearl Harbor : the day of infamy
Smith, Carl, 1946-
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Publication Information:
Oxford : Osprey Military, [2001]

Physical Description:
96 pages : illustrations (some color), maps (some color) ; 25 cm + 1 computer optical disc (4 3/4 in.).
General Note:
Originally published: 1999.

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D767.92 .S62 2001 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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December 7, 1941 was one of the single most decisive days of World War II (1939-1945) - the day that brought the USA into the fight. Six Japanese aircraft carriers disgorged their full complements in two waves on the superior US Pacific Fleet as it lay slumbering in Pearl Harbor. Depending on opposing viewpoints, the attack was either a brilliant maneuver of audacious strategy, or a piece of unparalleled villainy and deception by a supposedly friendly power. This revised edition, containing the latest research on the events of December 7, 1941, reveals several previously unknown aspects of the attack and dispels key myths that have been built up around the fateful day - a day, as Franklin Delano Roosevelt declared, that would "live in infamy".

Author Notes

Carl Smith has had a life long fascination with many aspects of the military history of the United States. A specialist writer of many years experience, he lives and works in Virginia.
David Aiken has studied Pearl Harbor from his earliest book acquisitions at age nine. His database on Japanese aviation and Pearl Harbor has been utilized by many students, researchers, artists, authors, historians, and museums. For this title he has contributed the latest research on the events of December 7, 1941.

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Booklist Review

This slim but informative and visually attractive overview-summary of that horrible day in December 1941 is just one volume in the Praeger Illustrated Military History series, which will eventually include more than 100 titles; the first batch comprises 34 volumes covering battles in World War I and World War II. Subsequent volumes will include coverage of the American Civil War, the ancient world, and the Napoleonic Wars. The format will be the same in each volume: cogent discussion of commanders, makeup of the opposing forces, actual maneuvers on the battlefield, results, and the battlefield as it looks today; the target audience for each volume is the general reader who wants basic information on consequential battles throughout history. The entire series would, of course, make a marvelously comprehensive addition to a public or school library's history collection, but the librarian may find that a more realistic approach would be to order the volumes most relevant to one's specific collection and readership needs--and, certainly, the individual volumes can either stand alone or alongside a few select series mates. For more information on individual titles, visit the publisher's Web site at --Brad Hooper Copyright 2004 Booklist