At Dawn We Slept: The Untold Story of Pearl Harbor

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Penguin, 1991 - History - 889 pages
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Revisit the definitive book on Pearl Harbor in advance of the 75th anniversary (December 7, 2016) of the "date which will live in infamy"

At 7:53 a.m., December 7, 1941, America's national consciousness and confidence were rocked as the first wave of Japanese warplanes took aim at the U.S. Naval fleet stationed at Pearl Harbor. As intense and absorbing as a suspense novel, At Dawn We Slept is the unparalleled and exhaustive account of the Japanese bombing of Pearl Harbor. It is widely regarded as the definitive assessment of the events surrounding one of the most daring and brilliant naval operations of all time. Through extensive research and interviews with American and Japanese leaders, Gordon W. Prange has written a remarkable historical account of the assault that-sixty years later-America cannot forget.

"The reader is bound to feel its power....It is impossible to forget such an account." --The New York Times Book Review

"At Dawn We Slept is the definitive account of Pearl Harbor." --Chicago Sun-Times
 

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User Review  - TheReadingMermaid - LibraryThing

Holy cats! This text is such an incredible source of historical information regarding Pearl Harbor. The book is written in an easy-to-follow narrative and all is easy to understand (not too many ... Read full review

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User Review  - joeythelemur - LibraryThing

An incredibly detailed and unique look at a defining moment of the 20th century. Never before have WWII buffs had such an insight into the Day of Infamy, particularly in being able to view the lead up ... Read full review

Contents

JAPANs Foreign Policy WILL Not BE CHANGED
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As IF HE WERE BEYond PENALTY
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19 WE WANT HUSTLERs
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20 PLENTY OF POTENTIAL DYNAMITE
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A CUNNING DRAGON SEEMINGLY ASLEEP
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PROPHETIC IN Its ACCURACY
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THE JAPs ARE PLANNING SOME DEVILTRY
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AN Awful URGENCY
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Tora Tora Tora
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Sound GENERAL QUARTERs
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THEY CAUGHT THEM Asleep BY God
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OH How Powerful Is THE IMPERIAL NAVY
529
THE CHANCE OF A LIFETIME
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AFTERMATH 66 AN ExciteMENT INDEED
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PRESENT ATTITUDE AND PLANs
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A VERY STRONG FIGHTING SPIRIT
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RESOLVED To GoTo WAR
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WAVES AND WINDs So UNSETTLEd
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27 A SERIOUS STUDY
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THE WAR GAMEs
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29 TIME WAS RUNNING OUT
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30 BUT WHAT ABOUT THE PACIFIC
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A SIGNIFICANT AND OMINoUs CHANGE
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No MATTER WHAT THE Cost
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Now THE CLouds WERE RAISED
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THE Power THE PURPose AND THE PLAN
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PEARL HARBOR WILL BE ATTACKED
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WE SHOULD BE ON GUARD
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OTHER KIND OF PEOPLE
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Based on Deception
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IN THE HANDs of God
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CoMPLETE WAR PREPARATIONs
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RINGING BELLs AND BANGING DRUMs
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I SweAR to BE SUCCEssful
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A SITUATION FULL of DYNAMITE
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THINGS ARE AUTOMATICALLY GoING TO HAPPEN
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WHEREveR IT MIGHT BE Found
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CLEAVE THE ENEMY IN Two
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A MATCH FoR ANYTHING AFLOAT
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THAT WAS THE MONKEY WRENCH
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To BE CONSIDERED A WAR WARNING
402
OUR DIPLoMATS WILL HAVE TO BE SACRIFICED
417
THE WACANT SEA
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GLORY OR OBLIVION
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GREAT UNEASE IN ALL of OUR MINDs
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ANoTHER STRAw IN THE WIND
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ON A KEG of DYNAMITE
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THIS MEANS WAR
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OUR FLAG WAS STILL THERE
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Clouds over MoUNTAINs
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Not on THE ALERT
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THE ASHEs of A BITTER PAST
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SoMETHING OUGHT To BE DONE
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FULL AND FAIR DISCLosURE
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WE HAVE A Job to Do
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ERRORs of JUDGMENT
649
WE WANT THE TRUTH
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A PARTISAN MATTER
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A FIGHTING CHANCE
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80 FixING THE BLAME
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THE VERDICT OF HISTORY
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Afterword
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Notes
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Abbreviations Used in Text
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List of Major Personnel
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Revisionists Revisited
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Index
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Gordon W. Prange (1910-1980) served during World War II as an officer in the naval reserve and, during the occupation of Japan, served in the General Headquarters as a civilian. He was chief of General Douglas McArthur's G-2 Historical Section and director of the Military History Section. He taught history at the University of Maryland from 1937 until his death.

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