Remembering Pearl

pearlCraig Nelson’s Pearl Harbor recounts Japan’s infamous on our naval and air bases there on December 7th, 1941, 75 years ago today.  Nelson treatment of the run-up to the raid recalls the chaotic and ultimately futile negotiations –Japan’s civilian government kept trying to head-off the war while the army pushed for it, whole Admiral Yamamoto, who conceived the attack, favored peace but put the navy on timetable for war.  Nelson also shows how American commanders on the island failed in their response to war warnings from Washington.  As for the raid itself, Nelson’s depiction is a “blow-by-blow narrative of destruction sprinkled with individual heroism, bizarre escapes, and equally bizarre tragedies.”

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