School Library Journal - School Library JournalGr 6-8-Hasday focuses on the reasons for the Japanese attack and the damages it caused. She opens with a description of the unprepared state of the American forces at Pearl Harbor and then discusses at length Japanese military history. She also explains the planning and training that preceded the raid. The author is fair in her treatment of both nations, offering criticism and praise as it is warranted. Although this book purports to address "Reforms and Ramifications," its final chapter is a disappointment. It covers the military response by American forces, the declaration of war, the results of the numerous investigations of the attack, the creation of the USS Arizona memorial, the internment of Japanese Americans, and the use of the atomic bomb to exact revenge on Japan. This is too much for a single chapter, and it severely limits the discussion. The black-and-white photos are of average quality, and the inclusion of only one map is a significant weakness. William Shapiro's Pearl Harbor (Watts, 1984; o.p.) covers the attack from a broader perspective, including more information about the reasons for American isolationism, sanctions against Japan, and the intense reaction Pearl Harbor provoked among Americans. Unfortunately, this book does not deliver on its promise of strong analysis, making it a supplemental purchase for most libraries.-Mary Mueller, Rolla Junior High School, MO Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.
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