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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (780 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Walter Lord Narrator: Grover Gardner Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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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Quotes & Awards

  • “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.”


  • A #1 New York Times Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by 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 by 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 by 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 by 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. "

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