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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 Dufri Publisher: Macmillan Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Pacific War Series Release Date:
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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.”


Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by 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 by 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 by 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 by 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. "

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