PEARL HARBOR: From Infamy to Greatness

PEARL HARBOR: From Infamy to Greatness

CRAIG NELSON    Book Number: 82719    Product format: Hardback

On 7 December 1941 the US suffered the worst naval defeat in its history as an armada of 354 Japanese warplanes supported by aircraft carriers, destroyers and midget submarines launched a surprise attack on the US Pacific Fleet anchored at Pearl Harbor, Oahu Island, Hawaii, killing 2,403 people and, in what may be the most important event in modern human history, forcing America's entry into WWII. In this magisterial volume, Craig Nelson follows the sailors, soldiers, airmen, diplomats, admirals, generals, emperor and president as they plan, engineer, fight and react to this uniquely dramatic event. We begin in 1914 with a young FDR, the man who would take the USA to war, attending the laying of the keel of USS Arizona at Brooklyn - the very same ship that was destroyed 37 years later with the loss of over 1,000 souls. We follow Japan's leadership from much the same period as it lurches into ultranationalistic fascism, defeating the Russian navy and in constant turmoil with China, culminating in their insanely daring yet militarily brilliant scheme to attack an infinitely more powerful force with which, technically, it was not at war. The result is thrilling historical drama on the grandest possible scale. Nelson conveys the terror, chaos, violence, tragedy and heroism of the attack in exquisite detail. The first victims of the attack were not at the naval base, as the Japanese knew that for the attack to succeed they had to first prevent US aircraft being deployed. So at 0740hrs 43 Mitsubishi Zeros strafed the totally unprepared Wheeler Airfield, effectively annulling air cover - civilians thought it was an exercise. The reasons for the attack, the incompetence of US intelligence, the planning and execution are analysed, as are the conclusions and consequences that resonate today. With 28 b/w photos, 532pp.
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ISBN 9781474605649
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