Pearl Harbor

Pearl Harbor

From Infamy to Greatness

Book - 2016
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The America we live in was not born on July 4, 1776, but on December 7, 1941, when an armada of Japanese warplanes supported by aircraft carriers, destroyers, and midget submarines suddenly attacked the United States, killing 2,403 men and forcing America's entry into World War II. Author Craig Nelson maps the road to war, beginning in 1914 with the laying of the keel of the USS Arizona at the Brooklyn Navy Yard, following Japan's leaders as they lurched into ultranationalist fascism, and providing a blow-by-blow account from both the Japanese and American perspectives. Backed by 5 years of research, Nelson delivers all the terror, chaos, violence, tragedy, and heroism of the attack in stunning detail and offers surprising conclusions about the tragedy's unforeseen and resonant consequences that linger even today. --
Publisher: New York : Scribner, 2016.
Edition: First Scribner hardcover edition.
ISBN: 9781451660494
Branch Call Number: 940.542 NELSON
Characteristics: x, 532 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm


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Oct 19, 2016

I got about 20 pages into the book and couldn't finish it. There were a lot of errors and it got to be too much after awhile. I emailed the author about one of the errors and got a very strange answer. He said I knew as much about it as he did. That's a strange thing to say since he wrote the book and I didn't.

Oct 06, 2016

Book jacket says the book is "backed by a research team's five years of work..." If so, then the author didn't understand the research - the book is packed with gross inaccuracies, such as General George MacArthur (meant Douglas), the Japanese occupation of Indonesia in 1940 (meant Indochina?), that the German invasion of Russia consisted of an immense wedge of 2,700 tanks (no idea what he could have meant here), and so forth. Definitely not recommended.


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