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Pearl Harbor: Both Sides

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5out of 5

by Buzzzz on March 13, 2008

With truly engaging narrative and historically accurate commentary, G. Prange's book is extremely well researched and documented. The references are comprehensive and, as near as this reader can determine, accurate and quite complete. The author's near-compulisive attention to detail sets the ocassion and scene for a chronological trip back in time. His description, explanation and development of the national, social, religious, psychological and military influences for both Japan and the U.S., and his characterization of the major figures add a sense of drama and involvement that is too often missing in other attempts to examine the "zeitgeist" of 1941 and the events preceding the fateful attack on Pearl Harbor. It is a history of people and thereafter, events; certainly not the typical Japanese-bashing, propogandist tripe found in other literary attempts. It is not an overstatement to say that this is a book that will keep the reader engaged - if not mesmerized - in thoughtful reflection, as he/she 'relives' the past. Very highly recommended to anyone with a sincere interest in 'how' America became involved in WWII and in 'why' Japan initiated an attack that succeeded beyond expectation. As expected, there are a few chapters devoted to assignment of "blame' - scapegoating - to the U.S. Naval officers at Pearl. But we know how it ended, don't we? Of course, that's another story!
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