Pearl Harbor, the continued Question Mark

It would be an injustice to continue the lists and reviews for the European Theater of operation and ignore the Pacific. In the Pacific Theater, unlike the European, the naval operations dictated the direction of the war and so then the land operations.  To punctuate that point of naval dominance one should start from the beginning and the beginning for America, and me personally, that place is Pearl Harbor.

One of the first historical books that I read was “Day of Infamy” by Walter Lord.  The book set the seed for my interest in the naval aspect of the war at an early age and it is that reason why I felt a list of publications concerning Pearl Harbor was important.  By 1941 the United States had still not actively entered the war and in fact was keeping her intentions concerning the Axis Powers close to the vest. The Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor catapulted the United States into a two ocean war. With the attack came the questions, and with the questions came the books.

1.) Nimitz, Reflections on Pearl Harbor
by William H. Ewing; 12 pages
2.) Yamamoto: The Man who planned Pearl Harbor
by Edwin Palmer Hoyt; 288 pages
3.) Day of Lightning, Years of Scorn: Short Attack of Pearl Harbor
by Charles R. Anderson; 240 pages
4.) Preemptive Strike: The Secret Plan prevented Pearl Harbor
by Alan Anderson; 228 pages
5.) Pearl Harbor
by Ernest Arroyo; N/A pages
6.) Pearl Harbor (a Ballantine Illustrated Book)
by A.J. Barker; 160 pages
7.) Cover-Up: The Politics of Pearl Harbor, 1941-1946
by Bruce R. Barttelt; 189 pages
8.) Scapegoats: A Defense of Kimmel & Short at Pearl Harbor
by Edward L. Beach; 212 pages
9.) Pearl Harbor Amazing Facts
by Timothy B. Benford; 248 pages
10.) “This is no Drill” Living Memories of the Attack on Pearl Harbor
by Henry Berry; 257 pages
11.) Kimmel, Short and Pearl Harbor: Final Report
by Frederic L. Borch; 224 pages
12.) Advance Force Pearl Harbor
by Burl Burlingame; 416 pages
13.) Pearl Harbor Ghost: The Legacy of Dec. 7, 1941
by Thurston Clarke; 336 pages
14.) Pearl Harbor: Final Judgment
by Henry C. Clausen; N/A pages
15.) East Wind Rain: Pictorial History of Pearl Harbor
by Stan Cohen; 182 pages
16.) The Road to Pearl Harbor – 1941
by Richard Collier; N/A pages
17.) First Shot: Untold Story of Japanese Mini-subs that Attacked Pearl Harbor
by John Craddock; 255 pages
18.) The Broken Seal: “Operation Magic” Secret Road to Pearl Harbor
by Ladislas Farago; 439 pages
19.) The Road to Pearl Harbor
by Herbert Feis; 368 pages
20.) Pearl Harbor Betrayed
by Michael Gannon; 320 pages
21.) Pearl Harbor: FDR lead the Nation War
by Steven M. Gillon; 248 pages
22.) Pearl Harbor: A Novel of Dec. 8th
by Newt Gingrich; 400 pages (One of only two fictional books on this list)
23.) The Pearl Harbor Papers: Inside the Japanese Plans
by Donald M. Goldstein (Editor); 384 pages
24.) Dec.7, 1941: The Day the Japanese Attacked Pearl Harbor
by Donald M. Goldstein; 532 pages
25.) Pearl Harbor: The Seeds and Fruits of Infamy
by Percy L. Greaves; 937 pages
26.) Pearl Harbor
by Sue L. Hamilton; N/A pages
27.) The Attack on Pearl Harbor
by Laurie C. Hillstrom; 237 pages
28.) The Second Attack on Pearl Harbor: Operation “K” …
by Steve Horn; 347 pages
29.) Pearl Harbor Attack (A Sterling Point Book)
by Edwin Palmer Hoyt; 156 pages
30.) The Attack on Pearl Harbor: An Illustrated History
by Larry Kimmett; 126 pages
31.) Operation Snow: How a Soviet Mole in FDR’s White House Triggered Pearl Harbor
by John Koster; 350 pages
32.) Defenseless: Command Failure at Pearl Harbor
by Jack Lambert; 256 pages
33.) And I was There: Pearl Harbor and Midway — Breaking the Secrets
by Edwin T Layton; 596 pages
34.) Day of Infamy
by Walter Lord; 241 pages
35.) Resurrection: Salvaging the Battle Fleet at Pearl Harbor
by Daniel Madsen; 264 pages
36.) Sunday in Hell: Pearl Harbor Minute by Minute
by Bill McWilliams; 1016 pages
37.) The Shadow of Pearl Harbor
by Martin V. Melosi; 183 pages
38.) Pearl Harbor: The Story of the Secret War
by George Morgenstern; 440 pages
39.) Pearl Harbor
by Randall Novice; 230 pages (This is the second novel and the one that the Hollywood movie was based upon)
40.) Dec. 7, 1941 The Day the Japanese Attacked Pearl Harbor
by Gordon W. Prange; 496 pages
41.) At Dawn we Slept: The Untold Story of Pearl Harbor
by Gordon W. Prange; 912 pages
42.) Pearl Harbor: The Verdict of History
by Gordon W. Prange; 736 pages
43.) Descent into Darkness: Pearl Harbor 1941 Navy Diver
by Edward C. Raymer; 214 pages
44.) The Attack on Pearl Harbor
by Earl Rice; 111 pages
45.) December 1941, 31 Days that changed America
by Craig Shirley; 656 pages
46.) Tora, Tora, Tora! Pearl Harbor 1941
by Mark Stille; 80 pages
47.) Air Raid, Pearl Harbor: Recollections of the Day of Infamy
by Paul Stillwell; 299 pages
48.) Day of the Deceit: Truth about FDR and Pearl Harbor
by Robert Stinnett; 400 pages
49.) Attack on Pearl Harbor
by Shelley Tanaka; 64 pages (one of the few juvenile books on any of my list)
50.) Air Raid, Pearl Harbor: Dec. 7, 1941
by Theodore Taylor; 179 pages
51.) Infamy Pearl Harbor and it’s Aftermath
by John Toland; 416 pages
52.) But not in Shame: 6 Months after Pearl Harbor
by John Toland; N/A pages
53.) What Happened at Pearl Harbor?
by Hans L. Trefousse; N/A pages
54.) The Attack on Pearl Harbor: by Two who were There
by Frank Tremaine; 199 pages
55.) Pearl Harbor
by Paul Vangelisti; N/A pages
56.) Pearl Harbor: The Day of Infamy, Illustrated History
by Dan van der Vat; 176 pages
57.) The Pearl Harbor Myth: Rethinking the Unthinkable
by George Victor; 370 pages
58.) Pearl Harbor Christmas: World at War December 1941
by Stanley Weintraub; 224 pages
59.) Pearl Harbor: America’s Darkest Days
by Susan Wels; 224 pages
60.) Pearl Harbor: Warning and Decision
by Robert Wohlstetter; 428 pages
61.) Pearl Harbor
by H.P. Willmott; 208 pages
62.) Trapped at Pearl Harbor: Escape from Battleship Oklahoma
by Stephen B. Young; 189 pages
63.) The Attack on Pearl Harbor: Strategy, Combat and Myths
by Alan Zimm; 480 pages

Over 60 books and counting shows not just the relevancy of this part of history but gives a good indication of how this event has been approached in the literacy world. Looking at the list the writers have focused on three areas of importance and they are, what were the circumstances before the attack, the attack itself, and too me the reason books are continuing  to be written 72 years after the fact.  What ever you believe I would still pick up two or three of the titles above and expand your knowledge.

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