Pearl Harbor

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Pearl Harbor by Newt Gingrich, William R. Forstchen

"A Thrilling Tale of the Attack That Marked America's Darkest Day"

—-W.E.B. Griffin

President Franklin D. Roosevelt's speech on December 8, 1941, lasted a mere six and half minutes. But his words and tone—in a monologue that would later be named the Infamy Speech—sent ripples into a nation and a world that continue even today. The historical implications that emerged from the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor were unprecedented, launching America not only into the depths of a dangerous war, but forever altering the safety and comfort of everyday living. December 8th became a day of speaking out publicly and declaring war; of action, battle, plotting, and victories. This date's significance is resonant and profound as an indelible moment in American history.

Fresh from their series on the American Civil War, bestselling authors Newt Gingrich and William R. Forstchen now launch a new epic adventure by applying their imaginations and knowledge to the "Date of Infamy"—the attack on Pearl Harbor.

Pearl Harbor covers the full spectrum of characters and events from that historic moment, from national leaders and admirals to the views of ordinary citizens caught in the chaos of war. From the chambers of the Emperor of Japan to the American White House, from the decks of aircraft carriers to the playing fields of the Japanese Naval Academy, this powerful story stretches from the nightmare slaughter of China in the 1930s to the lonely office of Commander James Watson, an American cryptographer, who suspects the impending catastrophic attack. It is a story of intrigue, double-dealing, the horrific brutality of war, and the desperate efforts of men of reason on both sides to prevent a titanic struggle that becomes inevitable.

Gingrich and Forstchen's now critically acclaimed approach, which they term "active history," examines how a change in but one decision might have profoundly altered American history. In Pearl Harbor, they pose the question of how the presence of but one more man within the Japanese attacking force could have transfigured the war. More than a retelling, the book also serves as a potent warning, valid still today as an example of what happens when communications and understanding breaks down, and a nation is ill-prepared for the onslaught that might ensue.

A compelling, meticulously researched saga, Pearl Harbor is also a novel of valor about those who took part in this cataclysmic moment in world history. It inaugurates a dramatic new Pacific War series that begins with the terrifying account of the day that started it all.

Praise for Pearl Harbor:

"A politician and a novelist, each an accomplished historian in his own right, are emerging as master authors of alternative history. In this 'what if' treatment of the attack on Pearl Harbor, Newt Gingrich and William Forstchen combine their talents to make the diplomacy as suspenseful as the combat, even for readers who know what happens next—-or think they know. The authors' mastery of both the broad sweep of events and the details of naval war and military technology give their counterfactual scenarios an unusual degree of plausibility, concluding with a version of the Japanese attack that guarantees a fictional Pacific war even more terrible than the one that began on December 7, 1941."

— Dennis Showalter, former president of the Society of Military Historians

"The book is not only a great read, it is a fascinating historical story that applies today in Iraq as it did in the Western Pacific in the late '30s and '40s."

—-Captain Alex Fraser (Ret.)

"Gingrich and Forstchen have done it again. Building on their successful collaboration on their Civil War trilogy that so skillfully combined real history with fiction, they have with Pearl Harbor happily inaugurated another new series. You will not want to put it down, but when you finish you will look, as I do, with great anticipation to the next book."

—-Chief of Police William J. Bratton, Los Angeles Police Department

"Masterful storytelling that not only captures the heroic highs and hellish lows of that horrific day which lives on in infamy—-it resonates with today's conflicts and challenges."

—-William E. Butterworth IV, New York Times Best-selling Author of The Saboteurs

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780312363505
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publication date: 05/15/2007
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 384
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

Newt Gingrich, former Speaker of the House, is the author of several bestselling books, including Gettysburg and Grant Comes East. He is a member of the Defense Policy Board and co-chair of the UN Task Force, is the longest-serving teacher of the Joint War Fighting course for major generals, served in Congress for twenty years, and was Time magazine's 1995 "Man of the Year." He is also the founder of the Center for Health Transformation. He resides in Virginia with his wife, Callista. The Gingrich family includes two daughters, two sons-in-law, and two grandchildren.

William R. Forstchen, Ph.D., is a Faculty Fellow at Montreat College in Montreat, North Carolina. He received his doctorate from Purdue University and specialized in the American Civil War. He is the author of more than forty books, including the award-winning We Look Like Men of War, a young-adult novel about an African-American regiment that fought at the Battle of the Crater; which is based upon his doctoral dissertation. William is a pilot and is currently restoring a replica of a P-51 Mustang. He resides near Asheville, North Carolina, with his wife, Sharon, and daughter, Meghan.

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Guest More than 1 year ago
I used it for educational and entertainment purposes. It was great the way he developed the characters and their perspective of the coming war and success of the attack and, of course, the description of the actual attack. I just finished Pearl Harbor and I have Days of Infamy but haven't read it yet. I'm sure it will take off soon after the conclusion of this book. I'm anxious to get started on it.
kdogTX More than 1 year ago
Most fans of alternate history books will enjoy this look at what could have happened on Dec. 7th. The authors do a good job setting up much of the real history leading up to WWII.
HBWhiteDM More than 1 year ago
This was the first book I have read by Gingrich, and I'll certainly read more of his work. Even though most of us know the Pearl Harbor story, Gingrich's weaving of believable characters throughout the story keeps the reader turning the pages. The mistakes made by both the U.S. and Japan in the pre-attack months adds to the human factor that is so well portrayed. The interplay between a Japanese fighter pilot and an Allied pilot was a fascinating twist.
HairyReader More than 1 year ago
I truly enjoyed this book. Perhaps you must be a history buff to enjoy the detail that Gingrich and Forstchen put into the book. Basically, the book follows the lives of 3 men who would be deeply involved in the events that occurred on December 7, 1941. Their account begins much earlier, around the time of the Japanese invasion of Manchuria. The three men are a British naval Commander, retired; an American naval Commander, retired; and a young Japanese pilot who was destined to lead the first wave of the attack on the American fleet anchored at Pearl Harbor. Of these three men, only the young Japanese pilot was a real person. Mitsuo Fuchida's life as a pilot and as an officer in the Japanese naval air force was closely followed through the book. He was probably the most interesting of the 3 characters. His life didn't end with the end of the war. After the war he converted to Christianity and became an evangelist. This latter part was not covered in the book. A really great read!
drwho2 More than 1 year ago
Pearl Harbor is a very well written novel that captures the heart with facinating characters and plenty of action. I am looking forward to the sequel.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Well writen, I enjoyed the interfacing of the characters and life lines of the every fear and tragedy it held me to want to read even that Newt will finish the war. I liked it and have so far recommend this book to others as well .thank you!
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woodySP More than 1 year ago
well written, easy read. gives a view of the lead up to WWII in the Pacific not often seen. It still doesn't excuse their attack.
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Engaging story from the POV of the Japanese. I'm looking forward to the next book in the series. Typical lousy ebook from B&N, full of errors; it's clear there's no editorial oversight at all. Even a cursory reading would have noted, for example, Mitsuo Fuchida being referred to repeatedly as Mitsuo Fuschia.
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