At Dawn We Slept: The Untold Story of Pearl Harbor

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At Dawn We Slept: The Untold Story of Pearl Harbor

By Gordon W. Prange
McGraw-Hill, 1981
912 pp. $22.95
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A powerfully written and dramatic account of both the Japanese and American sides of the events leading up to and including the attack on Pearl Harbor, with emphasis on the character and behavior of the naval officers. There is nothing startlingly new about the larger political context, but the portraits of individuals-especially the Japanese-are compelling. When the author died in 1980, he left a manuscript four times the length of this book. Two associates capably boiled down the draft.

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