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Topic: Best and Worst, Best and Worst written works out there< Next Oldest | Next Newest >
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In everyones mind, what are some of the best and worst written publications on the attack and related issues.
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Besides "Descent Into Darkness" there was another book, written by a crewman on the Oklahoma that essentially describes his escape from the capsized ship!

For the life of me, I CANNOT REMEMBER the name of the book!!  Can anyone help here?  I KNOW I bought it through the Military Book Club, but can't find my copy presently!

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Perhaps the book about which you are thinking is "Trapped at Pearl Harbor--Escape from Battleship Oklahoma", by Stephen Bower Young.  Dell Publishing, 1991.
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Young also published his account in the US Naval Insitute's Proceedings magazine (early 60's I believe) then again in the April 1966 issue of American Heritage.
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YEP!! THAT'S the book!  I found it a good read, although, not being very abstract, it was difficult to "see" (in my mind's eye) what he was talking about as far as the physical makeup of the ship!

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What does everyone think of At Dawn We Slept?  I just finished it and thought it was great.  I'd like to read something along revisionist lines for comparison and was thinking of John Toland's Infamy.  Would Day of Deceit be a better representation of revisionist theories?

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George,

If you wish to get both sides of the revision argument then Toland is probably your best bet. At least he is not as rabid as some. Be forewarned though, he made a great many errors in the book. He also brings up a few good points to consider, so the book is not all bad.

Good luck in deciding which version of history is right!

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Aloha GeorgeP,
Gprdon Prange's TORA, TORA, TORA book came out in Japan in 1966. The following year, the Japanese Official War History on Pearl Harbor was released, based on documents hidden from the occupation troops.

AT DAWN WE SLEPT (ADWS) problem is the author died while trying to revise his old TORA, TORA, TORA manuscript...the resulting ADWS is beautiful in the areas where Gordon Prange, a "sheepskin" author, shines best--the cause and effect section--where he USED the Official Japanese history. The "battle" section has the problem. Check the footnotes and that tells the tale.

PERPETUAL WAR FOR PERPETUAL PEACE is the revisionist bible.

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Wow!  Thanks for the quick replies!

If you consider ADWS to be flawed, then what would you recommend as the best book on Pearl Harbor?

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Worst book:  Robin Moore's spoof of the revisionists.  The paperback cover had an anonymous volume laying on a table with about 1/3 of the pages ripped out.  The cover stated "They are covering something up, and this picture proves it!"

Moore's protagonist is supposed to be a junior staffer in Tokyo who runs into just about everybody, and learns of the attack from casual contacts.  Our hero raves about Grew's testimony, at one point denouncing him because he uses the terms "cable" and "telegram" interchangably.  

The problem with this book is that it was meant to be satire and was taken as gospel.  Very embarrassing for the author.  I wish I could find my copy, it's a training manual for misinformation junkies.

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