The Pearl Harbor Papers: Inside the Japanese Plans

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These are the original Japanese documents on Pearl Harbor, collected and annotated by the best-selling coauthors of At Dawn We Slept and Miracle at Midway.

Finally revealed in all their fascinating detail, these are the original Japanese documents on Pearl Harbor: secret plans, battle group histories, and letters and diaries of key Japanese participants, including the legendary Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto. Full-color map.

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Overview

These are the original Japanese documents on Pearl Harbor, collected and annotated by the best-selling coauthors of At Dawn We Slept and Miracle at Midway.

Finally revealed in all their fascinating detail, these are the original Japanese documents on Pearl Harbor: secret plans, battle group histories, and letters and diaries of key Japanese participants, including the legendary Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto. Full-color map.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Edited by the coauthors of At Dawn We Slept (with the late Gordon Prange), this is an invaluable collection of Japanese primary source material pertaining to the attack on Pearl Harbor. Included are monographs by Commander Minoru Genda, the tactical genius behind the attack; letters of Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto, who conceived the operation and pushed it through to acceptance; plus detailed war diaries that cover shipboard activities throughout the voyage to Hawaii, the December 7, 1941, attack itself, and the return voyage home. Perhaps the most remarkable document is an extended report titled ``An Intimate Look at the Japanese Navy,'' in which ``official'' Japanese historian Masataka Chihaya reviews the imperial Navy's successes and failures, assesses tactics and weapons used in the war and concludes with a devastating critique of leadership blunders. The volume sets to rest the argument that FDR knew of an imminent attack because American code-breakers monitored the task force's messages; the documents establish unequivocally that radio silence was maintained. A veritable treasure trove for scholars and Pacific War buffs, this collection also includes the after-action map prepared for Emperor Hirohito, which has only recently been recovered. (Nov.)
Library Journal
The appearance of two enticing sets of historical documents will be a feast for historians, World War II buffs, and anyone else seeking insight into that momentous era. Lay readers can now read the behind-the-scenes facts and opinions upon which the history books are built. These two collections complement each other brilliantly. The Worth book offers close views of American and Japanese espionage in 1941, the clandestine code-breaking activities, the radar fiasco, and numerous other ramifications of the great attack. All the niggling questions about submarine nets, sabotage, and battle damage are discussed in satisfying detail. Goldstein and Dillon, coeditors of At Dawn We Slept ( LJ 11/1/81), ably present the Japanese side of the raid. Academic and military collections will want to acquire these books as a pair. Public libraries considering only one title face a difficult choice but will probably prefer Goldstein and Dillon's work because the Japanese perspective is less well know in this country.-- Raymond L. Puffer, U.S. Air Force History Prog., Los Angeles
Booknews
Most of the documents presented here are not available elsewhere; many have never before been available in English, and few have been published in Japanese. Drawn from the collection of Gordon W. Prange (General MacArthur's historian), they include secret plans, unit war diaries, and letters and diaries of key Japanese figures, thus giving new access to the Japanese experience and point of view. Each selection is introduced by the editors. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780028810010
  • Publisher: Potomac Books, Inc.
  • Publication date: 12/22/1993
  • Series: World War II Commemorative Ser.
  • Pages: 400
  • Product dimensions: 6.46 (w) x 9.56 (h) x 1.55 (d)

Table of Contents

Pt. I Plans and Preparations for the Pearl Harbor Attack
Introduction 1
1 How the Japanese Task Force Idea Materialized 4
2 Affidavit of Minoru Genda 13
3 Analysis No. 1 of the Pearl Harbor Attack, Operation AI 17
4 Analysis No. 2 of the Pearl Harbor Attack 32
5 Diary of Rear Adm. Giichi Nakahara, Extracts, 11 August 1941-1 January 1942 45
6 Extracts from Diary and Duty Book of Capt. Shigeshi Uchida 76
7 Extracts from Diary and Papers of Comdr. Sadamu Sanagi 86
8 Pearl Harbor Operations: General Outline of Orders and Plans 91
Pt. II Letters of Adm. Isoroku Yamamoto
Introduction 111
9 Letters from Yamamoto 113
10 Two Letters Written by Admiral Yamamoto That Were Considered Sufficient to Indicate His Personal Character 124
11 "Admiral Yamamoto's Sweetheart" 126
Pt. III Pearl Harbor
Introduction 135
12 Rengo Kantai (Combined Fleet), Extracts 137
13 Conquer the Pacific Ocean Aboard Destroyer Akigumo: War Diary of the Hawaiian Battle 169
14 War Diary of the 5th Carrier Division, 1-31 December 1941 220
15 War Diary of the 1st Destroyer Squadron, 1-31 December 1941 237
16 War Diary of the 3d Battleship Division, 4-25 December 1941 253
17 Submarine Operations, Extracts, December 1941-April 1942 264
18 Japanese Study of the Pearl Harbor Operation 278
Pt. IV Aftermath
19 An Intimate Look at the Japanese Navy 312
Index 373
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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 25, 2007

    An Invaluable Academic Research Resource!

    Goldstein and Dillon have done all the legwork one needs to conduct research into the Japanese experience and perspective on the Pearl Harbor operation. While much of the content is repetitive, the subtle varieties of individual experiences and opinions of the Japanese command are truly insightful. To read this book is to understand, as best as one can, the thought processes of the Imperial Japanese Navy that lead to the greatest conflict of the modern age. If you find the attack on Pearl Harbor to be a fascinating subject, this book will reveal an entirely different perspective with first-hand accounts and immediate post war criticisms that are exclusively Japanese. Review every book you read- authors deserve your input and consideration.

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