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Hi

 Im 14 years old and i just started getting into this whole pearl harbor thing! Does anyone recomend a first time pearl harbor reader book? something that will keep me reading and reading!!thanks a buch

  Samantha :)

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"Dec. 7th, 1941, The Day the Japanese Attacked Pearl Harbor" (Gordon W. Prange) is a good book for starters.  It tells the story from the perspective of the people who were there.  Lots and lots of good stories.  There's a short chronology in the back to keep you oriented with the flow of events.

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Hi Samantha!
  I would defnintely suggest Walter Lord's "Day of Infamy."  My daughter just read it and it sparked her interest to read more books on the subject.  Enjoy!

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Reviewing Pearl Harbor books:

Favorite:  Day of Infamy by Walter Lord. His great abilities in all of his books were to put you in the feet of the participants, conjure up the sense of the time period, make use of time to move the story (slowing it or speeding it up as needed), and to focus on human behavior in unusual situations. All of his books are about situations when life diverted from the norm: The Titanic, the Alamo, Midway, Dunkirk, the 1962 riots in Oxford, Mississippi, America from 1900-1910, and the British invasion of America in 1814.

What he looked at closely was how people behaved in these situations, and how they handled it. He made you realize how much things had changed since the incident and how much things were still the same.

He also had a solid use of language and organization. He could interweave material and story arcs, keep the time factor present, and add telling visual details without detracting from the narrative. One of my favorite features of his writing was that he would do his grand summation of the incident not in the last pages, but shortly before. Then he would return the focus to the ordinary folks in the situation, and finish up with their personal ending to the story. Day of Infamy ends with Franklin D. Roosevelt opening his famous speech, so he doesn't do that in that particular book, but Lord does so in his books on Dunkirk, Midway,and the Titanic.

He's one of my literary mentors.

Second-best: December 7, 1941 by Gordon Prange. You want to know what happened that day in Hawaii, America, and Japan? Read that.

Best "Universal Problem Solver": Long Day's Journey Into War by Stanley Weintraub. It took 36 hours for December 7, 1941 to circle the globe, and EVERYTHING happened that day, including decisions on the atomic bomb (to go ahead) and the Holocaust (to postpone the big meeting). Covers a vaster canvas than the previous two books, so it's not just about Pearl Harbor, so it doesn't beat the books above. But if you want to know that day, from end to end, read it.

Best for pictures, statistics, and first-hand material: East Wind Rain by Stanley Cohen. It even has the deck log of one of the destroyers in the harbor that morning, and the nicknames of all the battleships. Great photographs of the salvage, too. A fun read, even if it's mostly pictures.

Best "long look back:" Pearl Harbor Ghosts by Thurston Clarke. He goes to Pearl Harbor 50 years later and gets the perspective on how Hawaii, America, and the participants view and remember the attack today. Good material on the Japanese spies, the lives of sailors before the attack, life in Hawaii, how the attack is commemorated and remembered.

Best personal account: Battleship Sailor" by Ted Mason or "Escape from Pearl Harbor" by Stephen Bower Young. Their ships were sunk, but their big ears saved them! Fascinating accounts of both life in the old Navy and escape from the sinking ships.

Best recovery account: Descent into Darkness by Ed Raymer. Also likely the only one. A diver goes into the wrecked ships with their bloated bodies, narrow passageways, and hot ammunition, to speed the salvage process. Very dangerous work in a frightening environment. Also includes stories of his social life...revealing the sad struggle of lonely men and Hawaiian women seeking love and not even finding companionship.

Worst: article in "Chicago Women's Weekly" in 1951, that claims the attack was actually done by British planes, with a few Japanese aviators present as observers.


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I am very surprised that Pearl Harbor Final Judgement, is only metioned once in this forum. This book, to me, by far tells the reasons that Pearl was surprised, this man Henry clausen went to great lengths to get all the relevant information needed to find the causes and who was to blame for the disaster. It is an excellant read and I highly recommend it to all.

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Pearl Harbor Final Judgement by Henry Clausen...

Henry Clausen was there. He was NOT objective in his conclusions during his investigation NOR when he wrote the above cited volume.

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