Dawn of Infamy: A Sunken Ship, a Vanished Crew, and the Final Mystery of Pearl Harbor

Dawn of Infamy: A Sunken Ship, a Vanished Crew, and the Final Mystery of Pearl Harbor

by Stephen Harding


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Dawn of Infamy: A Sunken Ship, a Vanished Crew, and the Final Mystery of Pearl Harbor by Stephen Harding

As the Pearl Harbor attack began, a U.S. cargo ship a thousand miles away in the middle of the vast Pacific Ocean mysteriously vanished along with her crew. What happened, and why?

On December 7, 1941, even as Japanese carrier-launched aircraft flew toward Pearl Harbor, a small American cargo ship chartered by the Army reported that it was under attack by a submarine halfway between Seattle and Honolulu. After that one cryptic message, the humble lumber carrier Cynthia Olson and her crew vanished without a trace, their disappearance all but forgotten as the mighty warships of the U.S. Pacific Fleet burned.

The story of the Cynthia Olson's mid-ocean encounter with the Japanese submarine I-26 is both a classic high-seas drama and one of the most enduring mysteries of World War II. Did I-26's commander, Minoru Yokota, sink the freighter before the attack on Pearl Harbor began? Did the cargo ship's 35-man crew survive in lifeboats that drifted away into the vast Pacific, or were they machine-gunned to death? Was the Cynthia Olson the first American casualty of the Pacific War, and could her SOS have changed the course of history's

Based on years of research, Dawn of Infamy explores both the military and human aspects of the Cynthia Olson story, bringing to life a complex tale of courage, tenacity, hubris, and arrogance in the opening hours of America's war in the Pacific.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780306825033
Publisher: Da Capo Press
Publication date: 11/22/2016
Pages: 280
Sales rank: 778,851
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Stephen Harding is the author of eight previous books, including the New York Times bestseller The Last Battle and the acclaimed The Castaway's War, both of which are in development as major motion pictures. A longtime journalist specializing in military affairs, Harding is currently editor-in-chief of Military History magazine. His contributions on defense topics and aviation, military, and maritime history have appeared on the Daily Beast and in Time, the San Francisco Chronicle, Air & Space Smithsonian, World War II, Jane's Defense Weekly, and Air Enthusiast.

For more information, please visit StephenHardingBooks.com and facebook.com/LastBattleInEurope.

Table of Contents

Prologue 1

Part 1

Chapter 1 A Ship Fine and Sturdy 5

Chapter 2 The Family Business 17

Chapter 3 To the Land of Aloha 29

Chapter 4 Captain and Crew 43

Chapter 5 A Predator at Large 63

Chapter 6 A Target Found 77

Chapter 7 Destruction from the Depths 93

Chapter 8 Bad News Travels … 113

Part 2

Chapter 9 Rebirth of a Mystery 137

Chapter 10 A Story Long Delayed 157

Chapter 11 Mysteries Resolved 171

Afterword 191

Acknowledgments 195

Notes 201

Bibliography 231

Index 239

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