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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (316 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Newt Gingrich, William R. Forstchen Narrator: William Dufris Publisher: Macmillan Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: April 2008 ISBN: 9781427204288
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Gingrich and Forstchen's now critically acclaimed approach, which they term "active history," examines how a change in but one decision might have profoundly altered American history. In Pearl Harbor they explored how history might have been changed if Admiral Yamamoto had directly led the attack on that fateful day, instead of remaining in Japan. Building on that promise, Days of Infamy starts minutes after the close of Pearl Harbor, as both sides react to the monumental events triggered by the presence of Admiral Yamamoto. In direct command of the six carriers of the attacking fleet, Yamamoto decides to launch a fateful "third-wave attack" on the island of Oahu, and then keeps his fleet in the area to hunt down the surviving American aircraft carriers, which by luck and fate were not anchored in the harbor on that day.

Historians have often speculated about what might have transpired from legendary "matchups" of great generals and admirals. In this story of the aftermath of Pearl Harbor, the notorious gambler Yamamoto is pitted against the equally legendary American admiral Bill Halsey in a battle of wits, nerve, and skill.
Days of Infamy recounts this alternative history from a multitude of viewpoints---from President Roosevelt, Prime Minister Churchill, and the two great admirals, on down to American pilots flying antiquated aircraft, bravely facing the vastly superior Imperial Japanese Navy aircraft. Gingrich and Forstchen have written a sequel that's as much a homage to the survivors of the real Pearl Harbor attack as it is an imaginative and thrilling take on America's entry into World War II.

Praise for the first audiobook in the Pacific War Series, Pearl Harbor:

"A thrilling tale of American's darkest day."
--W.E.B. Griffin

"Masterful storytelling that not only captures the heroic highs and hellish lows of that horrific day which lives on in infamy--it resonates with today's conflicts and challeneges."
--William E. Butterworth IV, New York Times bestselling author of The Saboteurs

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alfredo | 1/23/2014

    " Great alternate history novel. The battle scenes are excellent. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gregory Mcdonald | 12/29/2013

    " A fun and exciting read. This is Newt and William's sequel to the also very enjoyable Pearl Harbor. That book was mostly setup,dealing with American,British,and especially Japanese culture,attitudes,stratigies,and aims in the run up to the Pearl Harbor attack of Dec 7 1941. This book is about the naval and air battles that took place after the attacks in this altered timeline. The action is intense and very believable,and since we are dealing with events that differ from what happened in our history you have no idea how things are going to turn out. Makes it a real page turner. I guess my only grip,and it is a minor,is that near the end the book falls into the trap of some very predictable sentimentality that I could have done without. Worth a read for all fans of World War II combat. I hope they continue the series and show how they think the rest of the war would have developed from the point at which they leave it here. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Michael | 12/20/2013

    " This is a fictionalized account of how the war might have started had the Japanese been more aggressive in their attack on Hawaii. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Susan Kingsley | 12/17/2013

    " I couldn't wait to read this after finishing Pearl Harbor. The pages brought the real terror of war to life. Thank goodness the Japanese weren't as focused and attuned as these authors! I had to keep reminding myself ...."it didn't really happen this way!" "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alan | 12/11/2013

    " Excellent. A good book that continues a "what if" series. I can't wait for the next one to be written and published. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tom | 11/4/2013

    " Gingrich changes the fact that the Japanese strcuk a third time as opposed to leaving after the second strike. I enjoyed it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Steven | 10/22/2013

    " First Gingrich book I've ever read. The book was well written and I enjoyed it greatly. I suggest that others set aside any political predispositions that they have and read this book if they are interested in WWII. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Barbara | 10/14/2013

    " Interesting read. I used to like Newt, not so much anymore. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Papajack | 10/9/2013

    " JPS will enjoy this one. An alternative history, what if the Japanese continued to attack after Pearl Harbor, rather than withdrawing? ...... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tim | 10/3/2013

    " This was a very good alternative history. The only negative thing I could say about the book, is that he needs to do more research on aircraft armaments. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 John Worthington | 7/30/2013

    " I am not a big fan of reworking history. This was a story about the bombing of Pearl Harbor and how the outcome may have been different if the Japanese would have brought their senior admiral to control the fight. The book did give me some more insights into the major personalities of that day. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dan Morrill | 7/12/2013

    " The sequel to Pearl Harbor...it seemed to lose a little steam for me. I think that it was just time to end the story when Pearl Harbor finished. I loved the first book, but this one was just a little drawn out... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Heather | 5/5/2013

    " the first chapter is terrible, but it really picks up after that and is full of action. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ron Murphy | 4/19/2013

    " Haven't read first " what if" book on Pearl Harbor, but this was good..More into the Founding Fathers and Civil War retelling, but WWII buffs will definitely enjoy...Toughest in all their books to figure out is what's the truth and what is fiction, which is a complement on the weaving of the tales. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Chris Freud | 11/10/2012

    " I'd actually give this 3/12 stars. This is a what if book, and it's quite non-ideological given it's author. I don't agree with with the what-of conclusion but still fun. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Matthew | 6/22/2012

    " I thought that this was a great book. I do not read many historical fiction books. It is hard to separatel the history for the fiction for some. This had some predictable characters but I enjoyed it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Fredrick Danysh | 9/25/2011

    " Gingrich's novel about the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941. Based on historical events but should be read with a grain of salt. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cathy Gatling | 1/18/2011

    " Surprised that I really liked this book. It wasa good read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ted | 12/31/2010

    " I don't know if it's Gingrich or Forstchen's writing style that so hooks me but I was there and tasted the rage of the American people. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Suzi | 10/11/2010

    " This was a great sequel to Pearl Harbor. I'm a little worn out on war, so it's good they don't have the next book out yet. I've learned a lot about WWII and our relationship with Japan. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Barbara | 7/30/2010

    " Interesting read. I used to like Newt, not so much anymore. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Michael | 4/17/2010

    " This is a fictionalized account of how the war might have started had the Japanese been more aggressive in their attack on Hawaii. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Chris | 4/2/2010

    " I'd actually give this 3/12 stars. This is a what if book, and it's quite non-ideological given it's author. I don't agree with with the what-of conclusion but still fun. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dan | 11/2/2009

    " The sequel to Pearl Harbor...it seemed to lose a little steam for me. I think that it was just time to end the story when Pearl Harbor finished. I loved the first book, but this one was just a little drawn out... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Suzi | 10/16/2008

    " This was a great sequel to Pearl Harbor. I'm a little worn out on war, so it's good they don't have the next book out yet. I've learned a lot about WWII and our relationship with Japan. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Heather | 8/30/2008

    " the first chapter is terrible, but it really picks up after that and is full of action. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Susan | 8/20/2008

    " I couldn't wait to read this after finishing Pearl Harbor. The pages brought the real terror of war to life. Thank goodness the Japanese weren't as focused and attuned as these authors! I had to keep reminding myself ...."it didn't really happen this way!" "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ted | 7/22/2008

    " I don't know if it's Gingrich or Forstchen's writing style that so hooks me but I was there and tasted the rage of the American people. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tim | 6/30/2008

    " This was a very good alternative history. The only negative thing I could say about the book, is that he needs to do more research on aircraft armaments. "

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About the Author
Author Newt Gingrich

Newt Gingrich, former Speaker of the House, is coauthor of several bestselling books, including Pearl Harbor: A Novel of December 8 and Gettysburg: A Novel of the Civil War. He is a member of the Defense Policy Board and is the longest-serving teacher of the Joint Flag Officer Warfighting Course at the United States Air Force’s Air University.

About the Narrator

William Dufris attended the University of Southern Maine in Portland-Gorham before pursuing a career in voice work in London and then the United States. He has won more than twenty AudioFile Earphones Awards, was voted one of the Best Voices at the End of the Century by AudioFile magazine, and won the prestigious Audie Award in 2012 for best nonfiction narration. He lives with his family in Maine.