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4.00043533930858 out of 54.00043533930858 out of 54.00043533930858 out of 54.00043533930858 out of 54.00043533930858 out of 5 4.00 (781 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Walter Lord Narrator: Grover Gardner Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2015 ISBN: 9781504626774
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Day of Infamy is Walter Lord’s gripping, vivid re-creation of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on Sunday, December 7, 1941. In brilliant detail Walter Lord traces the human drama of the great attack: the spies behind it; the Japanese pilots; the crews on the stricken warships; the men at the airfields and the bases; the Japanese pilot who captured an island single-handedly when he could not get back to his carrier; the generals, the sailors, the housewives, and the children who responded to the attack with anger, numbness, and magnificent courage.

In compiling his masterpiece, Lord traveled over fourteen thousand miles and spoke or corresponded with over five hundred individuals on both sides who were there, creating the best account we have of one of the epic events in American history.

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  • “A behind-the-scenes story that is utterly fascinating.”

    Chicago Sunday Tribune

  • “As engrossing as the story of the sinking of the Titanic and more harrowing.”

    Atlantic Monthly

  • “[Grover Gardner] gives an excellent reading of the text. His narration is paced to the rapid sequence of events, uncertainty, confusion, and suspense experienced by those caught in the great battle. The listener who is not a student of the battle will be carried along by both the astonishing acts of courage and the incredible instances of denial that persisted even while the attack was underway! Recommended for all history collections, wherein it can be enjoyed by folks of all ages.”

    Library Journal

  • “Reader [Grover Gardner] matches Lord perfectly. He is low-key, deliberate and matter-of-fact, never sensational or sentimental. [Gardner] also handles the difficult Japanese names with considerable skill. This is a fine audiobook for everyone, not just World War II buffs.”

    AudioFile

  • A #1 New York Times Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shoebox22 | 2/8/2014

    " Well documented without getting bogged down. One of the best, clearest, compelling histories that is a must read for any American. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shelli | 1/23/2014

    " I bought this book at Pearl Harbor after taking a tour there. I wanted to learn more and this book didn't disappoint. It's fascinating WWII history. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Angela Best | 1/3/2014

    " I bought this book at the Pearl Harbor memorial site in Hawaii, and while it is a fantastic and detailed account of what happened, it wasn't very exciting or engaging. It read like a history textbook, and I had to struggle a bit to finish it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Phil | 12/23/2013

    " I was intrigued to discover how, because we were such an isolationist nation, many civilians and even soldiers did not believe an actual attack was underway on Dec. 7, 1941. In a matter of thirty minutes, we went from being a completely neutral nation to one plunged into war, and this event certainly shaped our far-reaching military policy of today. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joel | 12/22/2013

    " An interview based account of "...the day that will live in infamy." Pearl Harbor. This author interviews hundreds of eye witnesses on that fateful day and the reader comes away with a much better appreciation for what that day was really like. A must read for the military historian. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Geoklass | 12/19/2013

    " Pearl Harbor "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Selena | 12/18/2013

    " Walter Lord is really great for bringing you into the moment of amazing events. Just like "Night to Remember," you feel as though he was there taking notes from some other dimension. This story of the bombing at Pearl Harbor is so detailed (but not overly done) that you get to tap into so many of the different mens' lives to see what their average day was like. The story didn't focus on just a select few, which is great for me because I want to know what a mess attendant did that day as much as I want to know what a captain did! Written only 15 years or so after, it was almost a hot-off-the-presses account of Pearl Harbor. And thankfully, just as in "Night," Lord gave us bits of some of the more humorous things that surrounded the devastation. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Patty | 12/2/2013

    " Educational, historical, exciting. My father-in-law's photo used to be on the cover but not on this edition. He was standing on the overturned Oklahoma with signal flags. Good read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Juliebnelson | 10/25/2013

    " This book gives a chronological, hour by hour (even 15 minute by 15 minute)timetable of what happened during the bombing of Pearl Harbor. It was a fast read and enjoyable and informative. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marcia Wolf | 7/9/2013

    " A good starting point for someone beginning an in-depth study of this infamous event or a good comprehensive account for the simply curious. I was taken by the diversity of perspectives presented. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Steve | 6/11/2013

    " Read this years ago when it first came out. Lord provided a good narrative and overview of the Japanese "High Water Mark" in the Pacific. An ease, interesting and fact dotted book of the battle that still must be the most critical 10 minutes in world history; Just Luck or Devine Intervention? "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alicia | 6/2/2013

    " Military history at this level of detail isn't quite my cup of tea, but it's an interesting minute-by-minute account of the attack on Pearl Harbor. Lord clearly did a lot of research and paints a clear picture of what it felt like to be there from various perspectives. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bobby Kelley | 4/29/2013

    " This book did a excellent job of detailing the attack on pearl harbor! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Andrew Markovich | 4/26/2013

    " While I gave Gardner's performance a single star for Flight of the Phoenix, he does a much better job of it in Day of Infamy. Probably because this is a story of American servicemen. This is a good example of the importance of placing the right reader with the book, which is a major ingredient for audio books. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Stacy Lewis | 12/5/2012

    " Minute by minute detail of December 7, 1941. While this worked for the telling of the Titanic disaster , this method was not as successful for this story because of my curiosity to know more of the background "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bridget Flannery | 1/30/2012

    " I love World War History. This is one of my favorite books on World War II. I purchased it at the gift shop at Pearl Harbor when I was 14 years old, at a time when the author was signing the books (12 years ago). I went back 3 years ago and they are still selling the same book. Really great read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joe | 12/4/2010

    " Great book. We are fortunate to have had so many heroes that day! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nick Boldrini | 8/20/2009

    " Excellent history of the attack on Pearl Harbour, giving both sides in a gripping account "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Graham | 7/8/2009

    " This book does a good job of the minute-by-minute accounting of the events in Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941. However, it's not terribly engaging. I got halfway through (page 102 of 209 pages) before putting it down for a long time. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tracy | 2/6/2007

    " Every military officer should read this book, there is much to be learned in the initial response to the surprise attack. Reminded me of all the endless exercises I have been a part of and how difficult it was to drive home the realityvs the fiction. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Chad Majorie | 12/22/2006

    " In depth account from the people who were there. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Wendy | 4/12/2006

    " Great book about what happened to individuals during the bombing of Pearl Harbor. I am not a war book person but this book puts faces to the facts. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dave Sunderland | 2/4/2006

    " This is a very straight forward account of the events at Pearl Harbor. It is basically a minute-by-minute account told from a number of different perspectives. Very dry and not much narrative, but it is great if you are looking for the facts and firsthand accounts of the Day of Infamy. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Juanw3 | 1/13/2006

    " this book tell all de information about the atack in pearl harbor an pictures of the atack. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jim | 1/7/2004

    " A retelling of the events of Sunday, Dec 7, 1941. It is amazing that we as a nation was able to recover from such an attack and go on to defeat Japan. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Glynis | 6/29/2003

    " I cannot believe this, but I absolutely LOVED this book. It told the story of Pearl Harbor in a clear, concise way. Details were given from both the American and Japanese survivors, and that added immensely to the horror of the day. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 GlenK | 10/12/2000

    " Walter Lord's history of the 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor remains popular decades after publication and its easy to see why. It is fast-paced, engaging, and makes history come alive. I do sometimes wish there was more depth to the parade of people who all too quickly pass through. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nancy Graham | 12/19/1999

    " The classic account of the bombing of Pearl Harbor, including hundreds of eyewitness accounts. Still heart-stopping, all these decades later. "

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About the Author
Author Walter Lord

Walter Lord (1917–2002), American author of numerous nonfiction books, was a graduate of Princeton University and Yale Law School, served in the OSS during World War II, and became an editor and advertising copywriter. He is known for his book A Night to Remember, about the sinking of the Titanic, and he served as consultant in the making of the movie Titanic.

About the Narrator

Grover Gardner (a.k.a. Tom Parker) is an award-winning narrator with over eight hundred titles to his credit. Named one of the “Best Voices of the Century” and a Golden Voice by AudioFile magazine, he has won three prestigious Audie Awards, was chosen Narrator of the Year for 2005 by Publishers Weekly, and has earned thirty-seven Earphones Awards.