December 7, 1941: The Day Japanese Attacked Pearl Harbor

December 7, 1941: The Day Japanese Attacked Pearl Harbor[PDF] ❤ December 7, 1941: The Day Japanese Attacked Pearl Harbor ⚣ Gordon W. Prange – A minute by minute account of the morning that changed America foreverWhen dawn broke over Hawaii on December 7 1941 no one suspected that America was only minutes from war By nightfall the naval base A minute by minute account of the morning 1941: The PDF Ì 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 December 7, Epub / 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. “Colonel Farnum urged his light gray Mercury toward his office ‘We either get through this or we die’ he told himself jumping out of his car to join his officers and men fighting fires dispersing gas trucks and helping the wounded On a bright green patch of grass several yards suare in front of Headuarters he found the body of his inventory section chief a master sergeant ‘an excellent soldier good looking well built and a wonderful person’ Velvety petunia blossoms and the ever present red hibiscus framed his body which was naked except for khaki trousers; his bare toes pointed to the sky His clear blue eyes were open and his face looked upward ‘with a normal expression on every feature’ Little blood was visible beyond a small stain on the sergeant’s shoulder He might have stretched out to relax for a moment except that his head lay several feet from his body Colonel Farthing thought that a large piece of shrapnel had beheaded him uickly and smoothly ‘as though he had been struck with a knife so whitehot it had coagulated his blood on the spot’” Gordon Prange Dec 7 1941 The Day the Japanese Attacked Pearl HarborGordon Prange is an excellent example of life’s callous indifference to our projects and passions Prange studied Pearl Harbor for thirty seven years interviewing participants from both America and Japan and from all the rungs of the ladder While undertaking this work he developed a number of manuscripts Before he was able to publish anything however he died of cancer at the age of sixty nine Eventually Donald Goldstein and Katherine Dillon posthumously edited his work for publication According to Goldstein and Dillon’s introduction Dec 7 1941 is the last of five books – and the third about Pearl Harbor – to emerge from Prange’s manuscripts I believe a sixth about Japanese flyer Mitsuo Fuchida was eventually published later It is also perhaps not coincidentally the most basic Whereas At Dawn We Slept and Pearl Harbor The Verdict of History excavated intelligence failures both large and small casting judgments on those Americans who shared the blame for the disaster Dec 7 1941 is a straight down the middle recreation of the fateful date itself It is essentially an oral history and while it has its merits it pales in comparison to Walter Lord’s Day of Infamy Dec 7 1941 begins on the eve of Japan’s dawn attack and ends in the hours that followed For whatever reason I found the before and after to be the most fascinating sections following people first as they lived the last moments of peace and later as they tried to comprehend the epochal change worked upon their world Most of Dec 7 1941’s 393 pages of text though are devoted to a blow by blow account of the attack Here I suppose I should interpose what I found to be the merits of Prange’s effort Above all things this is a collection of personal anecdotes many of them gathered by Prange himself in interviews If you read any Pearl Harbor book today you will find the debt it owes to Prange in the endnotes Checking the notes section of Dec 7 1941 you begin to get an inkling of the work that Prange did And this isn’t just archival research sitting in a library looking through documents No Prange was creating history by getting eyewitnesses to talk about what they’d seen For this reason alone and for Pearl Harbor students in particular Dec 7 1941 is reuired reading In other respects unfortunately this is a bit of a slog All the ingredients are here; a literary chef is not Dec 7 1941 is dense and slow moving It is absolutely crammed with stories so much so that the narrative cannot breathe There is no pacing no modulation of tone no attempt at artistry This is really a bit of an info dump The biggest problem is that Prange and his co authors made no attempt to cull their material for the best bits or to pare down storylines to something manageable Instead of following a few – or even a dozen – men and women throughout the course of the day Dec 7 1941 throws out dozens upon dozens of names spread out all over Pearl Harbor Most characters are mentioned only once and disappear For those that are reoccurring it is extremely difficult to remember who they were where they were and what they were doing On the very last pages appended as an afterthought is a “cast of characters” that gives you the names of perhaps ten percent of the men who appear on these pages This is not I hasten to add helpful in the least Compounding the storytelling issues is the lack of a map of Pearl Harbor Thus not only do you have to keep a running tally of an enormous number of perspectives but you need to periodically stop to figure out where this or that person is located The lack of the map and the half assed cast of characters leads me to believe that Dec 7 1941 was an afterthought production a last sueeze of the Prange lemon While confusion is a major flaw repetitiveness exacerbates the problem The lack of effort put into choosing worthwhile story threads while excising those that are unenlightening or duplicative means that you keep getting the same information over and over For instance Prange and his co authors uote as many as ten different people all saying a variation of the same tale that they thought the early Sunday morning explosions were military exercises Once is enough Hit that point and move on It is almost unfathomable but Dec 7 1941 turns one of the most momentous days in history into a jalopy with a flat tire History is not history unless it is remembered And memories remain truest – though not necessarily true – when they are written down For that reason alone I must give Prange – and Dec 7 1941 – its due The subject of Pearl Harbor can be revisited retold and reinterpreted in the future long after all survivors have gone to their reward because of Prange’s efforts With all that said if you are looking for the best book on that terrible day Lord’s Day of Infamy remains the gold standard Excellent recount of this historical event Heartbreaking and factual An excellent research source as it is filled with notes and documentation 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 eg 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 opaue 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 comprehensionSecond 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 forestPart 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 Exhaustively researched but written by an academic The writing is somewhat dry Yet is is recognized as the seminal work on the subject An interesting and a great classic read on the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7 1941 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 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 etcI have to add this title is a vast improvement in readability for me from Prange's At Dawn We Slept This is a very good collection of the detailed actions that many military staff took on Pearl Harbor Day 1941 Reading it gives you an understanding of the different tasks and contributions men and women from military to civilian made to respond to the Japanese attack I was impressed with the tremendous sense of duty that prevailed that December morning The author assembled an immense treasure of history recollections and memoirs to make this book possible A very very comprehensive look at the events of December 6 7 and 8th 1941 This book goes through both American and Japanese time tables and looks almost minute by minute at what was going on before during and after the attack It is an amazing volume and a must own for any student of the Second World War 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 uite a few details about the attack

December 7, 1941: The Day Japanese Attacked Pearl Harbor
  • ebook
  • 507 pages
  • December 7, 1941: The Day Japanese Attacked Pearl Harbor
  • Gordon W. Prange
  • 08 June 2015
  • 9781480489509