Pearl Harbor: The Verdict of History by Gordon W. Prange

Pearl Harbor: The Verdict of History by Gordon W. Prange

Answers decades in the making about the shocking surprise attack on Pearl Harbor

In the predawn hours of December 7, 1941, a Japanese carrier group sailed toward Hawaii. A few minutes before 8:00 a.m., they received the order to rain death on the American base at Pearl Harbor, sinking dozens of ships, destroying hundreds of airplanes, and taking the lives of over two thousand servicemen. The carnage lasted only two hours, but more than seventy years later, terrible questions remain unanswered.How did the Japanese slip past the American radar? Why were the Hawaiian defense forces so woefully underprepared? What, if anything, did American intelligence know before the first Japanese pilot shouted “Tora! Tora! Tora!”? In this incomparable volume, Pearl Harbor experts Gordon W. Prange, Donald M. Goldstein, and Katherine V. Dillon tackle dozens of thorny issues in an attempt to determine who was at fault for one of the most shocking military disasters in history.
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

After reading “At Dawn We Slept,” I had very high expectations for this book. I am pleased to say that those expectations were not only met, but that Gordon Prange exceeded them in this work.

Whilst many Pearl Harbor books have recounted the story of the events for the first few chapters, Gordon Prange did not do his reader’s the disservice of recounting the same information from his earlier works in this book. He begins in a place of knowledge, offering up evidence to support the conclusions he draws about the way American’s thought about the war, our chances of attack and ultimately the reactions to the attacks and continues from there.

This book delves into the deeper political aspects of the Pearl Harbor attacks and gives a multiple perspective account of the events that both preceded and followed the ill-fated day of infamy.

What I enjoyed about this book, as with the previous titles by this author, is that he doesn’t bore the reader with unnecessary facts. Instead, he uses his massive knowledge of the subject to form a complete picture, and yet, still allows the reader to draw their own conclusions based on the information he has provided.

For any history buff, or WWII hobbyist, this is a book that you will definitely want to add to your collection.

This review is based on a complimentary copy from the publisher, and provided by Netgalley.

2 thoughts on “Pearl Harbor: The Verdict of History by Gordon W. Prange”

  1. I’m gonna check out this book, out of personal interest, and mostly for research purposes, and it just seems like a good read, the multiple perspectives account kinda sealed the deal for me.


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