Pearl Harbor: From Infamy to Greatness

Pearl Harbor: From Infamy to Greatness

by Craig Nelson


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“A valuable reexamination” (Booklist, starred review) of the event that changed twentieth-century America—Pearl Harbor—based on years of research and new information uncovered by a New York Times bestselling author.

The America we live in today was born, not on July 4, 1776, but on December 7, 1941, when an armada of 354 Japanese warplanes supported by aircraft carriers, destroyers, and midget submarines suddenly and savagely attacked the United States, killing 2,403 men—and forced America’s entry into World War II. Pearl Harbor: From Infamy to Greatness follows the sailors, soldiers, pilots, diplomats, admirals, generals, emperor, and president as they engineer, fight, and react to this stunningly dramatic moment in world history.

Beginning in 1914, bestselling author Craig Nelson maps the road to war, when Franklin D. Roosevelt, then the Assistant Secretary of the Navy, attended the laying of the keel of the USS Arizona at the Brooklyn Navy Yard. Writing with vivid intimacy, Nelson traces Japan’s leaders as they lurch into ultranationalist fascism, which culminates in their scheme to terrify America with one of the boldest attacks ever waged. Within seconds, the country would never be the same.

Backed by a research team’s five years of work, as well as Nelson’s thorough re-examination of the original evidence assembled by federal investigators, this page-turning and definitive work “weaves archival research, interviews, and personal experiences from both sides into a blow-by-blow narrative of destruction liberally sprinkled with individual heroism, bizarre escapes, and equally bizarre tragedies” (Kirkus Reviews). 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781451660500
Publisher: Scribner
Publication date: 08/01/2017
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 544
Sales rank: 276,048
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.40(d)

About the Author

Craig Nelson is the author of Pearl Harbor: From Infamy to Greatness and the New York Times bestseller, Rocket Men: The Epic Story of the First Men on the Moon, as well as several previous books, including The Age of Radiance (a PEN Award Finalist chosen as one of the year’s best books by NBC News, the American Institute of Physics, Kirkus Reviews, and FlavorWire), The First Heroes, Thomas Paine (winner of the Henry Adams Prize), and Let’s Get Lost (shortlisted for W.H. Smith’s Book of the Year). His writing has appeared in Vanity Fair, The Wall Street Journal, Salon, National Geographic, The New England Review, Popular Science, Reader’s Digest, and a host of other publications.

Table of Contents

Preface: Dreadnoughts and Holystones 1

Part I The Roads to War

Chapter 1 Conceiving the Inconceivable 21

Chapter 2 A Sinister Wind 67

Chapter 3 Autumn 1941 96

Chapter 4 November 128

Chapter 5 December 6 173

Part II Strike!

Chapter 6 From the Air 213

Chapter 7 Pearl Harbor 246

Chapter 8 Describing the Indescribable 292

Chapter 9 Infamy 334

Chapter 10 Resurrection 354

Part III Victory

Chapter 11 Vengeance 367

Chapter 12 Triumph 392

Chapter 13 Legacy 413

Appendix 1 Judgment and Controversy 437

Appendix 2 The Medal of Honor 455

Acknowledgments 463

Notes 465

Sources 483

Index 499

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Anonymous 4 days ago
Nelson makes errors as to relatively minor details such as referring to William Leahy as Fleet Admiral in 1940 without mentioning that Leahy was Governor of Puerto Rico at the time. He also refers to the Department of War building battleships. But then he makes a major, unforced error as to the Pacific war by saying that Japan invading Malaya and Indonesia on 23 September 1940. In light of this ignorance of major events, it is difficult to credit what Nelson has to say about Pearl Harbor.