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The Attack on Pearl Harbor

The Attack on Pearl Harbor

by Laurie Collier Hillstrom
     
 

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The events of December 7, 1941—the day the Japanese navy launched a surprise attack on the Pearl Harbor military base, prompting the United States to declare war on Japan and to enter World War II—are provided in this account. The strike, the events that led up to it, and its consequences up to the present day are explored in detail. Collier Hillstrom&

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The events of December 7, 1941—the day the Japanese navy launched a surprise attack on the Pearl Harbor military base, prompting the United States to declare war on Japan and to enter World War II—are provided in this account. The strike, the events that led up to it, and its consequences up to the present day are explored in detail. Collier Hillstrom’s extensive research is presented in three distinct sections: narrative overview; biographies, which includes background on principal figures from both the Japanese and American sides; and primary sources. Additionally, the volume includes a glossary of important people, places, and terms, as well as a chronology of events, a subject index, and an annotated list of sources for further study.

Editorial Reviews

VOYA - Judith Brink-Drescher
Each book in this series meticulously chronicles a pivotal event or era in American history. This newest volume explores in depth the 1941 bombing of Pearl Harbor. The prescribed format breaks the book down into three sections: Narrative Overview, Biographies, and Primary Sources. Within the first twenty-five pages, the reader is completely brought up to speed on the complex and converging events that led up to the infamous December 7th attack. The next five chapters thoroughly explore this event and its aftermath once the United States entered the war, including the devastating dispatch of the atomic bomb and the subsequent occupation and reconstruction of Japan. Although the fighting on the European front is woven in, this book primarily focuses upon the Pacific Theatre and the Japanese conflict. Biographies range from famous figures on both sides to serviceman who played a crucial role during the raid. Primary sources include documents, transcripts of radio addresses, and personal memoirs. Beyond its fine organizational structure and the remarkable amount of research contained in this text, its most impressive feature is its readability. Written more like an interesting story than a dry historical reference, this book should not only enlighten but also hold the attention of middle and high school students, particularly boys. Reviewer: Judith Brink-Drescher
Library Journal
With this volume, Hillstrom (The Voting Rights Act of 1965) adds another well-written book to the publisher's "Defining Moments" series, which provides concise information on specific American historical events and divides each book into three distinct parts: narrative, biographies, and primary sources. The narrative section in this volume begins with an overview of events leading to World War II and the eventual attack on Pearl Harbor, concluding with a chapter on the legacy of the attack. The biography section includes information on people who played important roles in the attack, while the primary-sources section features such documents as the U.S. declaration of war against Japan as well as personal memories of the attack, which, although short, provide excellent firsthand accounts. The book also contains a glossary of important people, places, and terms related to the attack and a chronology of events. BOTTOM LINE Like all books in this series, this affordable volume would make a nice addition to a school media center or public library collection.—Diane Fulkerson, Univ. of West Georgia Lib., Carrollton
School Library Journal
Gr 7 Up—This book is divided into three well-organized sections. Part one provides a narrative overview detailing the events leading up to the attack, the attack itself, and the aftermath, including the U.S. victory in the Pacific as well as the occupation and reconstruction of Japan after World War II. Part two is composed of eight two- to three-page biographies of the important figures such as Yamamoto, Roosevelt, and Doris Miller, the first African-American to receive the Navy Cross. A final section of primary documents from the Japanese attack plan to Truman's announcement of the end of the war provides insight into the war in the Pacific. The quality of Hillstrom's clear prose and meticulous research is first-rate. Events are clearly and extensively chronicled to give readers a sense of what transpired. Black-and-white photos appear throughout. This work is a must-have for reports and assignments; it makes an excellent companion to Jacqueline Laks Gorman's Pearl Harbor: A Primary Source History (Gareth Stevens, 2009).—Brian Odom, Pelham Public Library, AL

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780780812307
Publisher:
KWS Publishers
Publication date:
05/15/2011
Series:
Defining Moments Series
Pages:
218
Product dimensions:
7.20(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range:
13 - 17 Years

Meet the Author


Laurie Collier Hillstrom is a freelance writer and editor. She is the author of more than 20 books in the fields of history and biography, including People in the News: Al Gore and Television in American Society.

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