1942: A Novel

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Random House Publishing Group, Feb 24, 2009 - Fiction - 368 pages
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December 7 is “the date which will live in infamy.” But now Japan is hatching another, far greater plan to bring America to its knees. . . .

The Japanese surprise attack on Pearl Harbor was a resounding success–except for one detail: a second bombing mission, to destroy crucial oil storage facilities, was aborted that day. Now, in this gripping and stunning work of alternate history, Robert Conroy reimagines December 7, 1941, to include the attack the Japanese didn’t launch, and what follows is a thrilling tale of war, resistance, sacrifice, and courage. For when Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto sees how badly the United States has been ravaged in a two-pronged strike, he devises another, more daring proposal: an all-out invasion of Hawaii to put a stranglehold on the American Pacific Fleet.

Yamamoto’s strategy works brilliantly–at first. But a handful of American soldiers and a determined civilian resistance fight back in the face of cruelty unknown in Western warfare. Stateside, a counterassault is planned–and the pioneering MIT-trained aviator Colonel Jimmy Doolittle is given a near-impossible mission with a fleet of seaplanes jury-rigged into bombers. From spies to ordinary heroes and those caught between two cultures at war, this is the epic saga of the Battle of Hawaii–the way it very nearly was. . . .


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Contents

Section 1
vii
Section 2
3
Section 3
11
Section 4
22
Section 5
34
Section 6
43
Section 7
59
Section 8
76
Section 15
189
Section 16
203
Section 17
217
Section 18
233
Section 19
246
Section 20
259
Section 21
272
Section 22
286

Section 9
88
Section 10
102
Section 11
115
Section 12
132
Section 13
145
Section 14
157
Section 23
297
Section 24
310
Section 25
324
Section 26
338
Section 27
354
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About the author (2009)

Robert Conroy was a business and economic history teacher who lived in Detroit. His alternate-history novels include 1901, 1862, 1945, 1942, and Red Inferno: 1945. He died in 2014.

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