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Title:
Pearl Harbor 1941 : the day of infamy
Author:
Smith, Carl, 1946-
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Publication Information:
Westport, Conn. : Praeger, [2004]

©2004
Physical Description:
96 pages : illustrations (some color), color maps ; 26 cm.
General Note:
Originally published: Oxford : Osprey, 1999.
Language:
English
ISBN:
9780275982720
Format :
Book

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Summary

December 7, 1941, was one of the single most decisive days of World War II. It was the day that brought the United States into the fight. Six Japanese aircraft carriers disgorged their full complements in two waves on the superior U.S. 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 book takes into account 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, Franklin Delano Roosevelt declared, that would live in infamy.

December 7, 1941, was one of the single most decisive days of World War II as it was the day that brought the United States into the fight. Six Japanese aircraft carriers disgorged their full complements in two waves on the superior U.S. 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 book takes into account 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, Franklin Delano Roosevelt declared, that would live in infamy.

Carl Smith and David Aiken examine the events of that fateful day and look at why the Japanese were so successful. They have interviewed many veterans of the attack including Japanese pilots, U.S. pilots, and U.S. seaman, and built up an unparalleled archive of incredible detail on the attack.


Author Notes

CARL SMITH is a specialist writer of many years experience, and lives and works in Virginia.


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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 www.praeger.com. --Brad Hooper Copyright 2004 Booklist