Pearl Harbor: America's Darkest Day

Pearl Harbor: America's Darkest Day


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Pearl Harbor: America's Darkest Day by Susan Wels

December 7th was just another sun-washed dawn in Honolulu. The men and women of Pearl Harbor prepared for a routine day at the naval base. An Army private noticed on his radar screen a large fleet of planes headed for Pearl Harbor, but because a number of B-17's were expected, he was told to ignore the alert. Minutes later, at 7:55 a.m., the first Japanese dive-bomber appeared, followed by nearly two hundred aircrafts. In the end, more than 2,300 U.S. military personnel were dead, more than a thousand more were injured, and the United States had entered World War II.

Pearl Harbor is a gripping account of the political, social, and military landscape leading up to that infamous day, and follows the heroes, victims, and perpetrators of the attack as they made a life after the war. From the roots of the conflict to the lasting effect of the attack, here is the definitive account of the horror, the implications, and the lasting effects of a tragedy that has become a landmark in the American memory. Includes more than 300 images.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780737000993
Publisher: Time-Life Custom Publishing
Publication date: 05/28/2001
Pages: 224
Product dimensions: 10.26(w) x 9.87(h) x 0.91(d)
Age Range: 13 Years

About the Author

Susan Wels is the author of books including Titanic: Legacy of the World’s Greatest Ocean Liner, The Olympic Spirit: 100 Years of the Games,and Stanford: Portrait of a University. She is also an award-winning editor and journalist who has worked on assignment around the world. A graduate of Stanford University, she and her husband have two daughters and live in San Francisco.


Daniel K. Inouye, the most senior member of the U.S. Senate and the president pro tempore, is known for his distinguished record as a legislative leader and as a World War II combat veteran with the 442nd Regimental Combat Team who earned the nation’s highest award for military valor: the Medal of Honor. A native of Honolulu, he was first elected as Hawaii’s U.S. senator in 1962.


Sir John Keegan was—and remains—one of the world’s most notable historians and authors. Upon his death in August 2012, he left behind numerous renowned works in the field of military history.

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