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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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Sunday 7 December 1941 saw the dawn of modern warfare. Air superiority and surprise led to the shattering of the superior US Pacific Fleet by a well planned and excellently co-ordinated attack of Japanese naval aircraft and submarine forces. The full might of Japanese naval aviation power was hurled against the United States as six aircraft carriers disgorged their full complements in two waves. Depending on opposing viewpoints, the attack on Pearl Harbor was either a brilliant manoeuvre by an audacious strategist or a piece of unparalleled villainy and deception by a supposedly friendly power.

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, Carl has worked for several popular military magazines. He has written volumes on the battles of Gettysburg, Chancellorsville and Fredericksburg and the Pearl Harbor attack in Osprey's Campaign series. Carl lives and works in Virginia.
Adam Hook studied graphic design at art college and began his illustrating career in 1983. He has worked with a variety of educational publishers covering various subjects within the field of historical and natural history. Jim Laurier is a native of New Hampshire. He is a Fellow member of the American Society of Aviation Artists, the New York Society of Illustrators and the American Fighter Aces Association.

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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