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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (516 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: Related: The Pacific War Series Release Date: May 2007 ISBN: 9781427201287
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President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s speech on December 8, 1941, lasted a mere six and half minutes. But his words and tone—in a monologue that would later be named the Infamy Speech—sent ripples into a nation and a world that continue even today. The historical implications that emerged from the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor were unprecedented, launching America not only into the depths of a dangerous war, but forever altering the safety and comfort of everyday living. December 8th became a day of speaking out publicly and declaring war; of action, battle, plotting, and victories. This date’s significance is resonant and profound as an indelible moment in American history.

Fresh from their series on the American Civil War, bestselling authors Newt Gingrich and William R. Forstchen now launch a new epic adventure by applying their imaginations and knowledge to the “Date of Infamy”—the attack on Pearl Harbor.

Pearl Harbor covers the full spectrum of characters and events from that historic moment, from national leaders and admirals to the views of ordinary citizens caught in the chaos of war. From the chambers of the Emperor of Japan to the American White House, from the decks of aircraft carriers to the playing fields of the Japanese Naval Academy, this powerful story stretches from the nightmare slaughter of China in the 1930s to the lonely office of Commander James Watson, an American cryptographer, who suspects the impending catastrophic attack. It is a story of intrigue, double-dealing, the horrific brutality of war, and the desperate efforts of men of reason on both sides to prevent a titanic struggle that becomes inevitable.

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 pose the question of how the presence of but one more man within the Japanese attacking force could have transfigured the war. More than a retelling, the book also serves as a potent warning, valid still today as an example of what happens when communications and understanding breaks down, and a nation is ill-prepared for the onslaught that might ensue.

A compelling, meticulously researched saga, Pearl Harbor is also a novel of valor about those who took part in this cataclysmic moment in world history. It inaugurates a dramatic new Pacific War series that begins with the terrifying account of the day that started it all.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Begins what will be a fascinating alternative history of the war in the pacific.”

    Roanoke Times

  • “The authors’ research shines in accurate accounts of diplomatic maneuvering as well as the nuts-and-bolts of military action…[and] bigger-picture issues.” 

    Publishers Weekly

  • “The authors skillfully mix historical and fictional characters in an enjoyable and thought-provoking tale.”

    Library Journal

  • “Gingrich and Forstchen roll out the first installment in their eagerly anticipated World War II series. As they did in their bestselling Civil War series, they rewrite history, providing alternative scenarios that parallel actual events…Gingrich and Forstchen won’t disappoint their previously established audience of military fiction enthusiasts.”

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kathyred | 2/18/2014

    " Novelized history of the runup to the attack on Pearl Harbor. Very interesting reading on a trip to Hawaii, but not a thriller as might be expected. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Barry | 2/12/2014

    " Gripping- Fascinating persepectives on WW@ fro the Japanese view "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tom | 1/22/2014

    " I learned a lot about what about the Japanese culture and what were thinking and why they attacked. The story was interesting and at a good space. I am glad that I read it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ben Knowlton | 1/17/2014

    " What a surprise. An old Navy veteran friend of mine in the neighborhood recommended this one and so I read it based on friendship rather than interest. I really got into it. It is the story of Pearl Harbor from the Japanese perspective written in an engaging style which the authors call "active history". It is full of dialouge and character development. It is written with a similar style to "Killer Angels". The only problem with it is that you don't know what really happened and what is the active history part. A good read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 John | 1/11/2014

    " a very good account for what happened from a history point of view.also,the japanese point of view of the attack and what led up to it "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laura | 1/9/2014

    " I read this to see if it was like the movie. I am surprised to say it was rather good. The way the characters went it was spot on for the movie. it is one of the rare books that i really liked "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Neil Benkerem | 1/9/2014

    " New alternate history by these excellent authors. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Al | 1/7/2014

    " Very similar to Gettysburg as an alternate history novel. Well done with great detail. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rachel | 1/3/2014

    " This book was very obviously rushed to print. Some of the proofing mistakes that got through are unbelievable. As a previous reviewer noted, the writing is quite amateurish. That being said, it was a well-paced and well-researched novel. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mark | 12/1/2013

    " A novel of alternate history, this book describes what would've happened if the Japanese returned for a third strike on December 7. In the third strike, Pearl Harbor is completely destroyed. Only the carriers which were out at sea survived. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Autumn | 11/29/2013

    " I wish Gingrich would stop this running for office nonsense (yes, we DESPERATELY need a change from the current administration, but not Gingrich, imho) and write more! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chris Freud | 11/18/2013

    " Surprisingly not as neocon as I would have expected. Good read. Will read the next one. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Wilson | 10/28/2013

    " Provides overview of events leading up to war from Japan's perspective. Is it biased, I don't know, but seems to be informative and was entertaining "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Martha | 10/4/2013

    " READ RIGHT BEFORE VISITING PEARL HARBOR. VERY INFORMATIVE. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Eileen | 9/5/2013

    " HATED this book. Characters were flat - couldn't have cared less about them. This is the only book in my life I have ever burned. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Misty | 8/3/2013

    " Excellent book, if you like history. I learned alot of new background as to what led up to the Japanese strike on Pearl Harbor. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Beth A | 2/27/2013

    " Who knew Newt Gingrich could write. Interesting historical fiction of Pearl Harbor where the authors change key facts which impacted the outcome. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tamara Roberts | 2/10/2013

    " Very interesting and fast moving account of alternate history of Pearl Harbor. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Beth Bruner | 1/14/2013

    " I know--Newt Gingrich! But it's an interesting take on what one slight change might have done to one of the most important days in history (but helps if you know quite a bit about Pearl Harbor, so you notice the change). "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Deborah | 10/9/2012

    " Good read. Fiction mixed with history, true accounts-both sides "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Temaire' | 8/16/2012

    " I liked this book, but half way through I had to put it down to finish a R.S. lesson, and I have had NO desire to pick it back up. I will probably finish it when I don't have anything else to read. It is sad, because I really liked reading it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jon Hancock | 8/10/2012

    " Good read. Tells the story I wish we could've seen in the movie Pearl Harbor. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alan | 6/18/2012

    " While I detested the man's politics and personal life, I have enjoyed his historical novels. This book gives a good amount of insight into the Japanese position of the attack on Pearl Harbor and their expansionist policies pre-dating WWII. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Glenajo | 5/13/2012

    " This book is written with an interesting concept. The authors decided to play 'what if' with the bombing of Pearl Harbor. They moved & added ships, and other specifics. It drove me nuts! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Eileen | 4/14/2011

    " HATED this book. Characters were flat - couldn't have cared less about them. This is the only book in my life I have ever burned. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Scott | 4/13/2011

    " Written from three perspectives an american an englishman and a japanese pilot who were all friends. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Glenajo | 9/25/2010

    " This book is written with an interesting concept. The authors decided to play 'what if' with the bombing of Pearl Harbor. They moved & added ships, and other specifics. It drove me nuts! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chris | 3/24/2010

    " Surprisingly not as neocon as I would have expected. Good read. Will read the next one. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Todd | 2/6/2010

    " Politics aside Newt writes some good histories "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Deborah | 1/6/2010

    " Good read. Fiction mixed with history, true accounts-both sides "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dan | 11/2/2009

    " Man this was a great book. I love the twists that are added, and really I felt that the story telling was just wonderful. It's an "alternate history" book by the way...so don't go take any history exams after reading it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Al | 10/14/2009

    " Very similar to Gettysburg as an alternate history novel. Well done with great detail. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Diane | 9/5/2009

    " Interesting premise--What if there had been a 3rd attack--but the most poorly edited book I've ever read. Chock full of typos and grammatical errors. These made it difficult for me to enjoy the story. Also got bogged down following several characters that just weren't that interesting.
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