My high school thesis was on the "whole thing" and I read about 8 books before I focused on the "tactical" actions on the American side. That was an over view of which targets were hit, the order in which they were hit, and the human toll at each spot.
Day of Infamy by Walter Lord [Rendom House, 1957] was my main book. I often recommend the volume. I recomended it for further reading in my article just printed and hitting the news stand: "Torpedoing Pearl Harbor" in the Dec 2001 issue of Military History.
In that article, I focused my attention on just the Japanese airmen aboard the torpedo bombers, their targets and what happened to those Japanese killed and wounded.
For more info on preliminary actions before the bombs dropped, I recommend reading Ladislas Farago's The Broken Seal -which is the basis of the movie "Tora! Tora! Tora!".
For the code breaking activities... well, I can't go on listing sources until you relate what points you would like to speak about within your topic. That means reading something about the attack to begin your quest for your paper.
Thank you for your patience,
(Edited by David Aiken at 6:12 pm on Oct. 23, 2001)