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Reflections of Pearl Harbor: An Oral History of December 7, 1941
     

Reflections of Pearl Harbor: An Oral History of December 7, 1941

by K. D. Richardson, Paul Stillwell (Foreword by), Paul Stillwell
 

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When the Empire of Japan launched a surprise attack on American bases in Hawaii, the people of the United States knew instantly that the nation was at war. So devastating was the news to a country still largely in the throes of a depression that survivors can still recall some six decades later where they were, who gave them the news, the clothes they were wearing,

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When the Empire of Japan launched a surprise attack on American bases in Hawaii, the people of the United States knew instantly that the nation was at war. So devastating was the news to a country still largely in the throes of a depression that survivors can still recall some six decades later where they were, who gave them the news, the clothes they were wearing, and the confusion and eventual hardships that such a development brought. This collection of memories, told in participants' own words, gathers accounts from both military and civilians, children and adults, people of many ethnic backgrounds, from all over of the United States. Together, these ordinary Americans paint a portrait of a nation stunned, but determined to rise again.

While few if any were left unmoved by the prospect of war, some grief was immediate: The hangar was bombed causing it to collapse, killing my brother. For others, it raised deep questions about a once secure sense of identity: I did wonder why we (Japanese Americans) were singled out. What about the German Americans? With each passing year, more members of this generation pass from our midst, taking a piece of history with them. Determined to preserve these accounts, Richardson includes 160 personal narratives that describe a day in the life of America; that day was December 7, 1941.

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"This collection of memories, told in the participants' own words, gathers accounts from both military personnel and civilians, children and adults, from different ethnic backgrounds and from all over the US. Together, these ordinary Americans paint a portrait of a nation stunned, but determined to rise again." - Reference & Research Book News

"The collection of 170 narratives describes the day the Empire of Japan launched a surprise attack on Pearl Harbor. In their own words, participants shared their memories with Richardson, allowing his book to recapture the fateful events of an American tragedy." - Hamilton Journal News

"The most chilling testimonies are from witnesses of the attacks….But just as moving are the memories of ordinary Americans who were thousands of miles away from Hawaii when they received the news….A fine re-creation of a seminal moment in our history." - Booklist

"[A] broad sweep of accounts of a pivotal day in world history. The sense of disbelief and outrage resonates from the pages….[e]nables individuals normally overlooked by history to be heard." - Financial Times, London

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780275985165
Publisher:
ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date:
03/30/2005
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
190
Product dimensions:
6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.50(d)

Meet the Author

K. D. Richardson is a freelance researcher and writer. He is a sports photographer and columnist for The Venice Cornerstone.

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