At Dawn We Slept

At Dawn We Slept : Untold Story of Pearl Harbor

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The surprise Japanese dawn air raid on the American naval fleet at Pearl Harbour on 7 December 1941 was one of the major turning points in history. It caused massive devastation, caught the United States unaware and plunged them into the Second World War, turning it into a truly global conflict. This gripping study scrupulously reconstructs the attack, from its meticulously planned conception, to its lightning execution and the bitter political controversy that followed. It is a story of Japan's daring, tactical brilliance and fanatical dedication, and of America's blind disbelief in a threat from the Far East that led it to ignore advance warnings from its own intelligence sources. Based on years of research, and countless interviews with survivors from both sides of the Pacific, "At Dawn We Slept" brings the human players in this epic drama to life. Demolishing many of the myths and conspiracy theories that surround Pearl Harbour, it is an unbiased, authoritative and monumental work.
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  • Paperback | 928 pages
  • 153 x 234 x 40mm | 842g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • New edition
  • New edition
  • 0141005084
  • 9780141005089

Table of contents

Part 1 Prelude: cancer of the Pacific; on a moonlight night or at dawn; difficult but not impossible; no credence in these rumours; you hurt the President's feelings; that must henceforth bear responsibility; our first concern is to protect the fleet; the hotbed of espionage; in rather a spot; the most likely and dangerous form of attack; how can air power be used most effectively?; the real power and potentialities; with guarded approval; the strongest fortress in the world; critical in the Atlantic; the kiss of death; Japan's foreign policy will not be changed; as if he were beyond penalty; we want hustlers!; plenty of potential dynamite; a cunning dragon seemingly asleep; prophetic in its accuracy; present attitude and plans; a very strong fighting spirit; resolved to go to war; waves and winds so unsettled; a serious study; the war games; time was running out; but what about the Pacific?; a significant and ominous change; no matter what the costs; now the clouds were raised; the power, the purpose and the plan; Pearl Harbour will be attacked; we should be on guard; as one with the combined fleet. Part 2 Action: other kind of people; based on deception; in the hands of God; complete war preparations; ringing bells and banging drums; I swear to be successful; a situation full of dynamite; things are automatically going to happen; wherever it might be found; cleave the enemy in two!; a match for anything afloat; that was the monkey wrench; to be considered a war warning; our diplomats will have to be sacrificed; the vacant sea; glory or oblivion; great unease in all of our minds; sure indication of war; another straw in the wind; on a keg of dynamite; this means war; the Japs are planning some deviltry; an awful urgency; "tora! tora! tora!"; sound general quarters; they caught them asleep, by God!; oh, how powerful is the imperial navy!; the chance of a lifetime. Part 3 Aftermath: an excitement indeed; our flag was still there; clouds over mountains; not on the alert; the ashes of a bitter past; something ought to be done; full and fair disclosure; we have a job to do; errors of judgement; we want the truth; a partisan matter; the evidence piles up; a fighting chance; fixing the blame; the verdict of history; appendix.
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