Pearl Harbor Ghosts: December 7, 1941--the Day that Still Haunts the Nation

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Ballantine Books, 2001 - History - 300 pages
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A landmark book published to rave reviews a decade ago, Pearl Harbor Ghosts has now been updated to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the surprise attack that forever changed the course of history.

Full of gripping drama and vibrant details, here is the intimate human story of the events surrounding that fateful day of December 7, 1941–the glamorous tropical city that seemed too beautiful to suffer devastation . . . the stunned naval personnel whose lives would permanently be divided into before and after Pearl Harbor . . . the ordinary Honolulu residents who were tragically unprepared to be the first target in the Pacific war . . . the Japanese pilots who manned the squadron of deadly silver bombers . . . and the island's community of Japanese-Americans whose lives would never be the same again.

Blending meticulous historic recreation with lively reporting, Clarke counterpoints the freeze-frame nightmare of the 1941 bombing with the disturbing realities of present-day Honolulu, where hundreds of veterans, both American and Japanese, converge each year to relive every hour of the attack. Wealthy Waikiki landowners and native Hawaiian farmers, admirals and nurses, Navy wives and government officials–all take their part in Clarke's rich tapestry of memory and insight. In the end, Pearl Harbor emerges as a trauma that spread from Oahu to engulf the nation and the world–an event that continues to reverberate in the lives of all who experienced it.

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Review: Pearl Harbor Ghosts: The Legacy of December 7, 1941

User Review  - Kathy - Goodreads

I read this several years ago and had forgotten about it until I was reading reviews of another Pearl Harbor book. I loved the personal accounts given by survivors. It is an interesting perspective of that day given by those who were there. Read full review

Review: Pearl Harbor Ghosts: The Legacy of December 7, 1941

User Review  - Goodreads

I read this several years ago and had forgotten about it until I was reading reviews of another Pearl Harbor book. I loved the personal accounts given by survivors. It is an interesting perspective of that day given by those who were there. Read full review

About the author (2001)

THURSTON CLARKE has written several books of fiction and nonfiction, including "Pearl Harbor Ghosts" and" California Fault", a "New York Times" notable book. His articles have been published in "Vanity Fair", "Glamour", "The New York Times", and "The Washington Post". He is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship. He lives in Willsboro, New York, with his wife and three daughters.

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