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Pearl Harbor : the verdict of history / Gordon W. Prange, with Donald M. Goldstein and Katherine V. Dillon.

By: Prange, Gordon W. (Gordon William), 1910-1980.
Contributor(s): Goldstein, Donald M | Dillon, Katherine V.
Material type: TextTextPublisher: New York : McGraw-Hill Book Co., c1986Description: xxxiii, 699 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.ISBN: 007050668X; 9780070506688.Subject(s): Pearl Harbor (Hawaii), Attack on, 1941Additional physical formats: Online version:: Pearl Harbor.DDC classification: 940.54/26 LOC classification: D767.92 | .P722 1986
Contents:
pt. I. The base and the summit. "We were all out there" ; "Slow in waking up" ; "Too deeply bury their hate" ; "Bait for a Japanese attack" ; "To avoid war with Japan" ; "He had supreme responsibility" ; "On lines of national policy" ; "Looking in the wrong direction" -- pt. II. Advisors, planners, and chiefs. "With knives and hatchets" ; "Unsurmountable obstacles" ; "Crimination and recrimination" ; "To help and serve" ; "Faults of omission" ; "Outside of effective contact" ; "A finger of blame" ; "Primarily a failure of men" ; "The pitfalls of divided responsibility" ; "A lack of imagination" ; "East wind rain" -- pt. III. Field commanders and operators. "A sentinel on duty" ; "Alerted to prevent sabotage" ; "The failure to comprehend" ; "An important man in an important post" ; "Peculiar, complicated and tense" ; "Always striving for perfection" ; "His most grievous failure" ; "The last critical stages" ; "It is inexplicable" -- pt. IV. The view from the crow's nest. "Blessed by the war god" ; "A strategic imbecility" ; "A mental attitude" ; "In the wake of the Pearl Harbor disaster" ; "Remember Pearl Harbor!" -- Appendix A : The Pearl Harbor investigations -- Appendix B : Japanese proposals of November 20, 1941 -- Appendix C : "War warning" messages of November 27, 1941 -- Appendix D : Proposed Modus Vivendi -- Appendix E : Japan's "bomb plot" message -- Appendix F : The hull note of November 26, 1941 -- Appendix G : Popov questionnaire.
Summary: This book examines the underlying causes of Pearl Harbor and the revisionist theories that high officials knew of the attack. This title is the sequel to "At dawn we slept".
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D767.92 .M6 Pearl harbor; D767.92 .P72 1982 At dawn we slept : D767.92 .P7215 1991 Dec. 7, 1941 : D767.92 .P722 1986 Pearl Harbor : D767.92 .W6 Pearl Harbor; warning and decision. D767.98 .H33 1987 Guadalcanal : D767.98 .H4 Into the valley;

Includes bibliographical references (p. 663-675) and index.

pt. I. The base and the summit. "We were all out there" ; "Slow in waking up" ; "Too deeply bury their hate" ; "Bait for a Japanese attack" ; "To avoid war with Japan" ; "He had supreme responsibility" ; "On lines of national policy" ; "Looking in the wrong direction" -- pt. II. Advisors, planners, and chiefs. "With knives and hatchets" ; "Unsurmountable obstacles" ; "Crimination and recrimination" ; "To help and serve" ; "Faults of omission" ; "Outside of effective contact" ; "A finger of blame" ; "Primarily a failure of men" ; "The pitfalls of divided responsibility" ; "A lack of imagination" ; "East wind rain" -- pt. III. Field commanders and operators. "A sentinel on duty" ; "Alerted to prevent sabotage" ; "The failure to comprehend" ; "An important man in an important post" ; "Peculiar, complicated and tense" ; "Always striving for perfection" ; "His most grievous failure" ; "The last critical stages" ; "It is inexplicable" -- pt. IV. The view from the crow's nest. "Blessed by the war god" ; "A strategic imbecility" ; "A mental attitude" ; "In the wake of the Pearl Harbor disaster" ; "Remember Pearl Harbor!" -- Appendix A : The Pearl Harbor investigations -- Appendix B : Japanese proposals of November 20, 1941 -- Appendix C : "War warning" messages of November 27, 1941 -- Appendix D : Proposed Modus Vivendi -- Appendix E : Japan's "bomb plot" message -- Appendix F : The hull note of November 26, 1941 -- Appendix G : Popov questionnaire.

This book examines the underlying causes of Pearl Harbor and the revisionist theories that high officials knew of the attack. This title is the sequel to "At dawn we slept".

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Library Journal Review

Although few serious historians believe that President Roosevelt enticed the Japanese to attack at Pearl Harbor, the hoary accusation still retains some pop ularity among laypersons. In this se quel to At Dawn We Slept ( LJ 11/1/81), Prange's successors address them selves to the question of blame for the attack and fire a heavy broadside against the historical revisionists and their high-level plots. Its relentless log ic and exhaustive detail will satisfy scholars and others intrigued by the controversy. Casual readers will find that this historiographical drama lacks the narrative structure and gripping prose style of Prange's earlier works. Literary Guild alternate; Military Book Club main selection. Raymond L. Puffer, U.S. Air Force History Prog., Los Angeles (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

CHOICE Review

The late Gordon Prange has produced what may be the most important and least biased account to date on the greatest debacle in American military history. Rather than just a retelling of this ``day of infamy,'' Prange attempts to assign responsibility for the disaster. The book will help demolish the arguments of revisionist historians who claim that Roosevelt failed to notify the fleet deliberately so as to arouse American public opinion for support of the war. (See, for example, Charles Tansill's Back Door to War, 1952, and John Toland's Infamy: Pearl Harbor and Its Aftermath, CH, Oct '82). Although Prange does an excellent job of exonerating Roosevelt and his advisors from conspiracy, his attempt to shift the blame from Washington to Hawaii and the local commanders is not quite so convincing. The author has done a meticulous job of research, including interviews, unpublished letters, diaries, and every important archival source. The selected bibliography will prove useful to scholars, the index will make this a valuable resource, and the excellent photographs of the leading Japanese and American protagonists will help the reader to understand better this fascinating but complex tale. Although of primary interest to upper-division history majors, graduate students, and faculty, this book belongs on the shelf of all college libraries, where it will serve as an excellent accompaniment to Prange's earlier work,At Dawn We Slept (1981).-M. O'Donnell, College of Staten Island, CUNY

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