Archive for December 14th, 2016

aa3We just marked the 75th anniversary of the bombing of Pearl Harbor, and along with it came a flurry of documentaries, articles and other tributes, including dozens of new books – including this week’s Read, the wonderful Pearl Harbor: From Infamy to Greatness by Craig Nelson. In this well researched account of the event that changed history, Mr. Nelson lays out what happened in fresh, accessible way that puts it in the proper historical context better than any treatment of the story I have ever read.

About Pearl Harbor: From Infamy to Greatness by Craig Nelson: “Published in time for the 75th anniversary, a gripping and definitive account 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, moment by moment, 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, beginning with Franklin D. Roosevelt, then the Assistant Secretary of the Navy (and not yet afflicted with polio), attending 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 insanely daring yet militarily brilliant scheme to terrify America with one of the boldest attacks ever waged. Within seconds, the country would never be the same.”

Like most “infamous” events of this scale in history, we think we know the story of Pearl Harbor and what happened after. However, reading books like Pearl Harbor: From Infamy to Greatness, you realize what you think you know are only the broadest of strokes and the true effect of the event is much more nuanced – and by the way compelling to read about.

Pearl Harbor: From Infamy to Greatness by Craig Nelson is available from Amazon and other fine book retailers.

HOLIDAY FIND

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