December 7, 1941: The Day Japanese Attacked Pearl Harbor

December 7, 1941: The Day Japanese Attacked Pearl Harbor A Minute By Minute Account Of The Morning That Changed America ForeverWhen Dawn Broke Over Hawaii On December No One Suspected That America Was Only Minutes From War By Nightfall, The Naval Base At Pearl Harbor Was A Smoldering Ruin, And Over , Americans Lay Dead December , Gives A Captivating And Immersive Real Time Account Of That Fateful MorningIn Or Out Of Uniform, Every Witness Responded Differently When The First Japanese Bombs Began To Fall A Chaplain Fled His Post And Spent A Week In Hiding, While Mess Hall Workers Seized A Machine Gun And Began Returning Fire Some Officers Were Taken Unawares, While Others Responded Valiantly, Rallying Their Men To Fight Back And In Some Cases Sacrificing Their Lives Built Around Eyewitness Accounts, This Book Provides An Unprecedented Glimpse Of How It Felt To Be At Pearl Harbor On The Day That Would Live In Infamy

A graduate of the University of Iowa, from where he received his Ph.D in 1937, Gordon Prange began his teaching career as a professor of history at the University of Maryland In 1942, he was granted a leave of absence from the University to embark on a wartime career as an officer in the United States Navy Sent to Japan in 1945 as a member of the American Occupation Forces, after completing his

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  • 507 pages
  • December 7, 1941: The Day Japanese Attacked Pearl Harbor
  • Gordon W. Prange
  • 05 August 2017
  • 9781480489509

10 thoughts on “December 7, 1941: The Day Japanese Attacked Pearl Harbor

  1. says:

    Excellent recount of this historical event Heartbreaking and factual An excellent research source as it is filled with notes and documentation.

  2. says:

    Exhaustively researched but written by an academic The writing is somewhat dry Yet is is recognized as the seminal work on the subject

  3. says:

    An interesting and a great classic read on the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941.

  4. says:

    On the plus side, I admire that this is an exhaustively researched book based on extensive interviews with survivors and witnesses Prange has done excellent research and undoubtedly the book is essential for Pearl Harbor historians Having said all that, I m not sure it s the best book for a casual reader who just wants to know about the attack This is not so much an overview as it is an encyclopedia At least, in the sense that what Prange does, essentially, is to zero in on what is happening, moving almost minute by minute For me, this created two problems First, he was constantly throwing different names, ranks, geographic locations, and military terms at me, many of which meant nothing to me e.g., lieutenant jg I know what it is but it isn t especially meaningful And some terms that must be extremely familiar to a navy person were completely opaque to me at the con , frame 41 or whatever no idea what those mean After a while, I felt so overwhelmed with meaningless to me terms that I stopped paying attention and it just interfered with my comprehension.Second, and even problematically, was that he is so engaged with providing these exceptionally detailed individual accounts that I had trouble getting a clear sense of the bigger picture It felt like walking through a forest where you re looking in extreme close up at every tree with a guide who is throwing scientific terms at you, when what you really want is an overview of the forest.Part of this second issue might be with the fact that this is an older book It felt like the goal, which is less common in histories today, was simply to collect as many facts as possible, with only a minimal attempt to organize them around a larger thesis or provide accompanying analysis of the broader story these facts reveal That s not to say this is a bad book it s not and I now have great respect for Prange and the invaluable service he s done for future historians But it wasn t the book I was hoping for I d recommend this book easily to military historians and dedicated WWII buffs But I wouldn t recommend it for a visitor to Hawaii wanting to get an overview of the story and better understanding of the attack in preparation for an upcoming trip.

  5. says:

    A must read for those interested in World War III found this book especially interesting after reading books covering the events both before then after December 7, 1941 as it fills in the events of the day Initially I had problems remembering who was who as many people share their remembrances of the day, then I realized the important thing was how it happened and not to whom How people reacted to the bombing was one thing, but how many thought there were three waves of bombing hours and hours later shows the confusion of the day.

  6. says:

    This is a solid account of the events at Pearl Harbor and their immediate aftermath There is a very good fusion between the factual narrative and personal anecdotes There are a bit too many characters and inevitably I lost track of who was who at certain points There aren t many numbers in terms of casualties, planes destroyed, etc.I have to add this title is a vast improvement in readability for me from Prange s At Dawn We Slept

  7. says:

    Another fine toneGordon hits it out of the park again One of the most knowledgeable historians on the day off infamy, this is an excellent follow up to At Dawn We Slept, filling in quite a few details about the attack.

  8. says:

    Solidly done I love Prange s work so far.

  9. says:

    This book is the result of thousands of hours of interviews and review of diaries, logs and personal papers It is a narrative of eyewitness experiences both American and Japanese covering the three day period December 6 8, 1941 It is invaluable if read in concert with a comprehensive history of Pearl Harbor, such as Prange s first book At Dawn We Slept One of the most valuable insights to be gained from this eyewitness narrative is an understanding of how things were then, and how very limited it was communications, command and control, strategic thinking and foresight, intelligence, international situations and perceptions There has been a lot of second guessing and criticism of the decisions and acts of those responsible for Pearl Harbor much of it seems based on an application of modern capabilities and 20 20 hindsight to a 1941 environment that is both unfair and deeply misleading This narrative will lead you through an hour by hour, event by event experience and the reader will come out of it with the awareness of the severe practical and experiential limitations of the day and an awareness that Pearl Harbor was not preventable The effects of the attack might and I stress MIGHT have been mitigated or dissipated somewhat, but human nature being what it was and is, that did not happen not a criticism, just an observation of reality As it was, the response of the American forces was remarkable the second wave of Japanese planes flew into a totally different environment than did the the first wave surprise was gone and the Americans were fighting back with no small effect This book humanizes those three days like nothing else I have read.

  10. says:

    Good book by Gordon Prange who spent his whole life researching Pearl Harbor This book describes the attack from the viewpoints of both sides He relates the history of Japan that led them to plan and carry out the attack Using memoirs is fighting men from both sides he recreates the events of the day and why U S forces were caught so unawares The great fear was from sabotage not attack on the fleet This history comes alive through the words of the people who were there.

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