- By Craig Nelson

Pearl Harbor: From Infamy to Greatness

  • Title: Pearl Harbor: From Infamy to Greatness
  • Author: Craig Nelson
  • ISBN: 9781451660494
  • Page: 366
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Pearl Harbor From Infamy to Greatness Published in time for the th 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

    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 supportedPublished 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.In addition to learning the little understood history of how and why Japan attacked Hawaii, we hear an abandoned record player endlessly repeating Sunrise Serenade as bombs shatter the decks of the California we feel cold terror as lanky young American sailors must anxiously choose between staying aboard their sinking ships or diving overboard into harbor waters aflame with burning ship fuel we watch as Navy wives tearfully hide with their children in caves from a rud invasion, and we understand the frustration and triumph of a lone American teenager as he shoots down a Japanese bomber, even as the attack destroys hundreds of US airplanes and dozens of ships.Backed by a research team s five years of work, which produced nearly a million pages of documents, as well as Nelson s thorough re examination of the original evidence assembled by federal investigators, this page turning and definitive work provides a thrilling blow by blow account from both the Japanese and American perspectives, and is historical drama on the grandest scale 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.

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    1. The problem with reading about Pearl Harbor isn’t the number of books available, of which there are many. It’s finding the right one. It’s tough to sift between titles to find the one that tells you what you want, with both skill and credibility. I wanted a comprehensive history, one that covered the lead-up to Pearl Harbor (including the intelligence failures that allowed the Japanese to land such a devastating surprise blow) and a narrative of the battle itself. In other words, I wanted [...]

    2. Fast flowing new account of the attack on Pearl HarborCraig Nelson provides an expansive book that tells the often told story of the Pearl Harbor attack. It’s been a while since I’ve read Prange’s standard on this subject “At Dawn We Slept” so I have little to compare, however I found this a comprehensive account with some interesting later chapters covering how some of the characters fared in later life and the modern day Japanese and American perspective.Divided into three parts it [...]

    3. Well this is gonna be a bit hard to review because there were so many good and also some bad points. I have to say though in all sincerity and fairness, this is my FIRST book about Pearl Harbor that I’m reading. So my views might not be as accurate as I haven’t read any other books to compare it with. The first thing though, I learnt loads from this book. ESPECIALLY the pre-Pearl harbor incidents that lead to this historical incident and about the events after the attack. I also liked that t [...]

    4. All too often, books written about interesting historical subjects are dry and hard to read. The same cannot be said about "Pearl Harbor: From Infamy to Greatness" by Craig Nelson. In this book the author combines properly sourced scholarship with a novelist's flair, making this tragic, infuriating, heroic, and thought-provoking subject seem real and immediate to a twenty-first century reader.The book is divided into three parts; a thorough discussion of the years and events leading to Pearl Har [...]

    5. A great book. I would say in my opinion this book ranks second best as one of the best books about the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. The first being the classic At Dawn We Slept by Gordon Pange and Donald Goldstein. This book goes in depth and into detail not only about the planning of the attack and the attack itself, But the aftermath and the repercussion of the attack on Pearl Harbor.

    6. Last year was the 75th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor, and I fully intended to read this book around that anniversary. Eleven months later, here I amNelson's book is divided into three sections, giving us a comprehensive look at the lead-up, the attack, and the aftermath of the attack. While I'm a self-proclaimed "WWII buff," my knowledge of what led to us being attacked by Japan was lacking--despite the fact that I've actually visited Pearl Harbor and been to the Memorial. I knew Jap [...]

    7. This is almost 4 stars for me but not quite. Perhaps because it is so sad for an American to read. It would also be very sad to read for a Japanese, but there aren't any who are going to read it.The first third of the book deals with the stupidity in Japan that led to war and the even greater stupidity in the U.S. of complete failure to prepare for a war that any educated adult had to realize was surely imminent. At he end of the war there were court marshal hearings into the total incompetence [...]

    8. I found this book thought provoking, sad, informative and thoroughly readable even though I did not always understand the military information. I would give it five stars but then have read that some of the historical facts of the book are mistaken and that there are many errors therein. It is still a readable and informative book and I still give it four stars.

    9. A complete survey of the before, during, and after of the event of the attack on Pearl Harbor. That is not always a great thing. The before section is a solidifying look at the factors that led to the attack, particularly on the Japanese side (the military control of the government, the oil embargo that left Japan with little choice but to make a major move, the serious doubts amongst Japanese experts, which proved to be correct, that Japan could not inevitably win a war against the United State [...]

    10. Any detailed retrospective dealing with Pearl Harbor must cover a great deal of ground - both literally and figuratively. Nelson's work, while somewhat disjointed for my taste, does a fine job of setting the stage for before, during, and the aftermath of Pearl Harbor, and its rallying point for United States to enter the war.The book is filled with interesting facts that I had never previously read. Without giving too many away, the nugget about Tojo's dental work being etched with "Remember Pea [...]

    11. There is a huge amount of information I never learned about the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, including the decisions and power structures in Japan that led to the attack and our failure to prepare for the possibility of an attack. Reasons for the latter are complicated and varied, including in large parts Army-Navy competition rather than cooperation, lack of funding, mixed messages from Washington, insufficient decoding and translation speed, failure to act on obvious intelligence, and outr [...]

    12. This was more like 3.5 stars for me. I thought it was very well researched, that part was a five. But the writing was a little off for me. It seemed some parts of this book had a little bit of overkill, where it seemed Craig Nelson, who wrote a great book on NASA and the moon called Rocket Men, emptied his notebook on this one. Cut chapters a little shorter and make them a little tighter. Also, the book is about Pearl Harbor it needs to talk about that horrible day earlier in the book then page [...]

    13. This book was a major disappointment, and should be avoided. Errors of fact abound, sentence/paragraph construction is often clumsy, and organization is weak. Where was the editor? The fact checker? The proofreader? Japanese torpedoes were not two feet long. The Pearl Harbor attack was not the first all-aircraft ship-to-ship battle in history (the British had attacked the Italian fleet at Taranto in November, 1940, and with great success), and Gen. MacArthur's first name was Douglas, not George! [...]

    14. As someone who prides themselves on their knowledge of World War II and the numerous events that transpired between 1939 to 1945, this book really delved deeper than I expected into the intricacies of the Pacific War. It highlighted months of negotiations, years of training, and a week long Japanese expedition to the US military base in Oahu, all of these bits of background information that I knew nothing about. I also really enjoyed the more personal accounts in the book, making the "characters [...]

    15. Like me, you may have remembered that the U.S. had prior warning of the Pearl Harbor attack. As Nelson reveals, that's not exactly the whole big picture. There's plenty of blame to go around on both sides of the conflict including Roosevelt and his military leaders. Those leaders at that time could not envision a surprise attack on Pearl Harboruldn't happen, never going to happen, they wouldn't be that stupid, etc. Yet it happened and the U.S. was woefully unprepared and thousands died. Now fast [...]

    16. This solid book of military history documents a pivotal moment in 20th century America, one about which I knew very little. The first part, about the diplomatic back-and-forth that led up to the event, was confusing, but I suspect that's no fault of the author: the negotiations actually WERE confusing, even duplicitous on the part of the Japanese. Then we get into the event itself, with an impressive array of first person survivor experiences. The last part of the book follows the Pacific theate [...]

    17. Low quality drama. With chapter titles like "Conceiving the Inconceivable", followed by "A Sinister Wind". And like the ancient gods, from Palestine to Athens, nation states are individuals who are offended and need vengeance. Thus to avenge the death of some soldiers on what wasn't even "national ground", politicians needed to send more soldiers to their death. Even ignoring the civilians and the enemy, the military dead in the first part added to the ones dead in the second part that would mak [...]

    18. Perhaps the best WWII nonfiction book I have read. Extremely well researched. It includes the personal observations of American sailors and Army fliers as well as Japanese veterans. The horror experienced by all is described in detail. While the attack at Pearl Harbor is the main topic, the book describes most all of the Pacific naval and land battles ending with the US atomic bombings and subsequent surrender. Very well written.

    19. A good read. Quite detailed. I realise this book has been criticised for factual errors like getting the names and dates wrong, who said what when and to whom; and other similiar stuff like that. That would be a big deal if you are doing research on the subject but if you're just a casual reader like me, then it's nothing to worry about.

    20. Excellent book. Does a good job of telling the story we all know. Learned a few new things from this book - namely the attack on the airfields was first (which makes total sense).

    21. A decent book. Does a good job showing the events leading up to both sides. Probably deserved more of 3.5 stars then 4. The author, at times, would start discussing an issue then would go down a rabbit hole prior to getting back to the issue. In particular, his discussion of the Doolittle Raid suffered from this as well as getting key facts wrong on the timeline with regards to the Raid. Lastly, it also suffers from getting some facts wrong, especially his statement that Admiral Halsey replaced [...]

    22. Craig Nelson’s "Pearl Harbor: From Infamy to Greatness" is a very readable addition to the many books dedicated to the infamous 1941 attack. Others have dubbed it a good introduction to the historical incident, for a generation that hasn’t read earlier works, and I would agree with that. "At Dawn We Slept" provides much detail on the investigations of General Short and Admiral Kimmel; "Day of Deceit" is appealing to conspiracy theorists and "Attack on Pearl Harbor Strategy, Combat, Myths, De [...]

    23. Pearl Harbor, by Craig NelsonThroughout the story, The attack on Pearl Harbor, also known as the Battle of Pearl Harbor, the Hawaii Operation or Operation AI by the Japanese Imperial General Headquarters, and Operation Z during planning, was a surprise attack. Over 2,335 people died. The total was 4,403 people died all together. Warning: Spoilers and Discussion of Essential Plot Elements FollowThe exposition to begin with The setting of the story takes place in Pearl HarborThe Protagonist of the [...]

    24. “Pearl Harbor: from infamy to greatness,” by Craig Nelson (Scribner, 2016). This book did not add very much to my overall knowledge of the road to Pearl Harbor and the actual battle, but there are details and insights, connections made, light shed in different corners. One aspect I particularly appreciate is Nelson’s examination of the diplomacy leading up to the attack, especially from the Japanese side. As the military gained power, it became more and more dangerous to oppose the army or [...]

    25. This is a detailed and well-researched history of the attack on Pearl Harbor. I appreciated the substantial portions of the book devoted to the Japanese perspective, a view that is critical to a full understanding of the build-up and aftermath yet sometimes overlooked by American audiences. While I also appreciated the many first-person accounts (which sound like interviews when listened to on the audiobook), there was a stylistic disconnect at times between the account of events and the recolle [...]

    26. What Craig Nelson does here is update the Pearl Harbor story for a new generation. That is a worthy feat unto itself as to many WWII is rapidly fading memory. He also let's us know about the immediate after effects of the attack. To some degree this detracts from the overall story which is a theme here as the book is to much on details and not enough on hard facts. During the attack we wander from Hickman Field to Pearl Harbor and then the various outlying fields.In between is a story that is fi [...]

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