Perhaps no single incident in American history has been written about more than the events of December 7, 1941 when the aircraft of the Japanese navy attacked the United States base at Pearl Harbor Hawaii prompting the U.S. entry into World War II. We have selected our favorite books both new and old covering that attack from various perspectives.
Newly released history of the construction, staffing, shipboard life and destruction of the USS Arizona, written by journalist Joy Waldron Jasper, historian James Delgado and shipwreck preservationist Jim Adams.
H. P. Willmott's comprehensive, very readable, and brilliantly analytical account of the Japanese attack and the historical milieu that led to the attack tracing the roots of Japanese aggressiveness and hostility to the West. Superbly done with lots of rare photos.
This vivid recreation of the events of "the day which will live in infamy" is based on personal testimony and includes many photographs. Author Thurston Clarke evokes the feel and mood of Hawaii then and now.
Often considered the definitive book about the attack on Pearl Harbor written by Gordon W. Prange. This 753 page book is divided into three sections, "Prelude," "Action" and "Aftermath."
Walter Lord's vivid, compelling description of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor stands alone among World War II books. Written by the author of "A Night to Remember."
This lavishly illustrated book tells the story of Pearl Harbor through a robust and dramatic narrative, newly designed maps and illustrations, hundreds of archival photographs, and scores of historical artifacts. In a jarringly candid foreword, Senator Daniel K. Inouye of Hawaii recounts his personal experiences during the attack and the effect they had on him from that day forward.
Author Dan van der Vat's handsome and informative volume contains over 200 photos, many never seen before. A moving introduction is written by Senator John McCain of Arizona.
Author Edward C. Raymer's World War II book explores the "literally dark side" of Pearl Harbor and the Pacific war - the salvage efforts on sunken and damaged ships.
Author Stephen Bower Young's story of being aboard the Oklahoma when it was torpedoed at Pearl Harbor, capsized, and sank, killing hundreds of sailors and trapping him in a gun turret for twenty-five hours, where he struggled to survive.
Eyewitness accounts from soldiers, sailors, airmen, nurses, chaplains, and wives who were at Pearl Harbor. All describe their experiences at the scene on December 7, 1941.