There are hundreds of books published on the Pearl Harbor attack. To save you time trying to find your next read, we pull together 10 of the most popular titles with updated prices for delivery to your door.
I Survived the Bombing of Pearl Harbor, 1941 (I Survived #4) (4) by Lauren Tarshis
Publisher: Scholastic Paperbacks
Visiting his favorite Hawaiian beach when Japanese forces suddenly attack Pearl Harbor, 11-year-old Danny Crane struggles through the smoke, destruction and chaos to make his way back home. By the author of Emma-Jean Lazarus Fell Out of a Tree. Simultaneous.
The Lou Conter Story: From USS Arizona Survivor to Unsung American Hero by Louis A. Conter
The Lou Conter Story: From USS Arizona Survivor to Unsung American Hero tells the incredible story of one of the last remaining survivors of the USS Arizona. More than just a recollection of the events that transpired in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, on December 7, 1941, this book also records the author's memorable experiences before and after the Day of Infamy. Conter was on the USS Arizona deck when a Japanese armor-piercing bomb hit one million pounds of gunpowder stored in the ship's hull. He helped rescue crewmen following the explosion and dove into the wreckage to recover bodies in the days after. In 1942, Conter went to flight school where he earned his wings and became a VP-11 Black Cat pilot. He helped rescue over two hundred Australian Coastwatchers stranded in northern New Guinea and was shot down twice -- once swimming with his crew while sharks circled. Conter also helped rescue over two hundred Australian shore watchers up the Sepik River in New Guinea. After World War II, he became an intelligence officer, flew combat in Korea, created the Navy's first SERE program (survival, evasion, resistance, and escape), and served as a military advisor to presidents Eisenhower, Kennedy, and Johnson. Lou Conter shares his Pearl Harbor experiences with high school students throughout Northern California, and he returns to the USS Arizona every December to take part in National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day activities to honor and remember the 2,403 service members and civilians who were killed during the Japanese attack at Pearl Harbor. In 2019, Conter was one of only three remaining crew members out of the 335 who had survived the attack on the USS Arizona. He was the only survivor able to attend the memorial event.
Resurrection: Salvaging the Battle Fleet at Pearl Harbor by Daniel Madsen
Publisher: Naval Institute Press
Aimed at the general reader with an interest in World War II and the U.S. Navy, Resurrection looks at the massive efforts following the attack to save the ships, beginning with damage control aboard the ships that took hits on 7 December 1941 and ending in March 1944 when salvage efforts on the USS Utah were finally abandoned."
Dead Reckoning: The Story of How Johnny Mitchell and His Fighter Pilots Took on Admiral Yamamoto and Avenged Pearl Harbor by Dick Lehr
The definitive and dramatic account of what became known as "Operation Vengeance" -- the targeted kill by U.S. fighter pilots of Japan's larger-than-life naval genius, Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto, the man who had devised the attack on Pearl Harbor. "AIR RAID, PEARL HARBOR. THIS IS NOT DRILL." At 7:58 a.m. on December 7, 1941, an officer at the Ford Island Command Center frantically typed what would become one of the most famous radio dispatches in history as the Japanese navy launched a surprise aerial assault on the American navy stationed in Hawaii. In a little over two hours, the Japanese killed more than 2,400 Americans and propelled the U.S.'s entry into World War II. Dead Reckoning is the story of the mission undertaken sixteen months later to avenge that devastating strike. New York Times bestselling author Dick Lehr expertly crafts this "hunt for Bin Laden"-style WWII story. Lehr explores the tremendous spycraft and rising military tradecraft undertaken in the wake of Pearl Harbor, and goes behind the scenes at Station Hypo in Hawaii where U.S. Navy code breakers' discovered exactly where and when to find Admiral Yamamoto, on April 18, 1943, and chronicles in detail the nearly impossible, nerve-wracking mission to kill him. Lehr focuses on the key figures: Yamamoto, the enigmatic, charismatic military leader whose complicated feelings about the U.S.--he studied at Harvard--add rich complexity; the American pilots of the attack squad: Rex Barber, Thomas Lanphier Jr., Besby Holmes, and Ray Hine; and especially their leader, Major John Mitchell, who planned their long-shot mission literally to the second. Lehr adds tension using a Rashomon-like approach that tells the story of the operation through the perspective of flight leader Mitchell, drawing on personal papers and private letters to which Lehr was given unprecedented access. Dead Reckoning features black-and-white photos throughout.
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