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Days of Infamy Hardcover – April 29, 2008
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PHENOMENAL PRAISE FOR THE NOVELS OF NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLING AUTHORS NEWT GINGRICH AND WILLIAM R. FORSTCHEN
“A thrilling tale of America’s darkest day.” —W.E.B. Griffin
“Begins what will be a fascinating alternative history of the war in the pacific.”—Roanoke Times
“The authors’ research shines in accurate accounts of diplomatic maneuvering as well as the nuts-and-bolts of military action.”—Publishers Weekly
“The authors skillfully mix historical and fictional characters in an enjoyable and thought-provoking tale.”—Library Journal
"Masterful storytelling that not only captures the heroic highs and hellish lows of that horrific day that lives on in infamy—it resonates with today’s conflicts and challenges.”—William E. Butterworth IV, New York Times bestselling author of The Saboteurs
“A politician and a novelist, each an accomplished historian in his own right, are emerging as master authors of alternative history. In this “what if” treatment of the attack on Pearl Harbor, Newt Gingrich and William Forstchen combine their talents to make the diplomacy as suspenseful as the combat, even for readers who know what happens next–or think they know.”
—Dennis Showalter, former president of the Society of Military Historians
“This book is not only a great read, it is a fascinating historical story that applies today in Iraq as it did in the Western Pacific in the late 30s and 40s.”—Captain Alex Fraser, USN (Ret.)
“Gingrich and Forstchen have done it again. Building on their successful collaboration on their Civil War trilogy that so skillfully combined real history with fiction, they have with Pearl Harbor happily inaugurated another new series. You will not want to put it down, but when you finish you will look, as I do, with great anticipation to the next book.”—Chief of Police William J. Bratton, Los Angeles Police Department
NEVER CALL RETREAT
“With each book in their ongoing alternate history cycle, Gingrich and Forstchen have gone from strength to strength as storytellers. Unabashedly, this is a work of popular historical fiction; it aspires to entertain, first and foremost, but it has passages of genuine depth and poetry which elevate it above many other specimens of its peculiar sub-genre.”—William Trotter, The Charlotte Observer
“The authors’ research is impeccable…the reader is left believing it could really have happened this way.”—Booklist
GRANT COMES EAST
“An exciting alternative history of the Civil War. Character depictions are vivid, detailed, and insightful. One of the best novels of the Civil War to appear in recent years.”—Publishers Weekly (Starred Review)
“Gingrich and Forstchen have produced a very readable entry into the literature of speculative history. It will be interesting, perhaps even thrilling, to see how the military strategy and political maneuvering plays out in the next installment.”—Civil War Book Review
“A good yarn. The authors provide apt historically plausible detail to give substance to the premise.”—Washington Times
“What the authors come up with is as rivetingly plausible as what they devised in the previous novel. Notably original.”—Booklist
“The Gingrich and Forstchen ‘what-if’ take on the Civil War gathers some steam. The battle scenes continue war-lovingly rendered.”—Kirkus Reviews
“Unabashedly, this is a work of popular historical fiction; it aspires to entertain, first and foremost, but it has passages of genuine depth and poetry that elevate it above many other specimens of its peculiar subgenre.”—Charlotte Observer
“Sure to become a Civil War classic to be read and remembered.”—W.E.B. Griffin, author of Retreat, Hell!
“Surprisingly plausible, written with compelling narrative force and meticulous detail.”
—The Atlanta Journal Constitution
“Gingrich and Forstchen write with authority and with sensitivity.”—St. Louis Post Dispatch
“[Gettysburg] is believable and beautifully written...every bit as good as Michael Shaara’s The Killer Angels. Not only do Gingrich and Forstchen bring the characters to life, and often horrible death, but they do so with memorable observations on the ways of war and vivid, technically accurate descriptions of frightful Civil War combat.”—The Courier Journal (Kentucky)
“An eye-opener...filled with gore, smoke, heat of battle and a surprise ending. The writing is vivid and clear. A ripping good read.”—Washington Times
“Well-executed alternative history. The authors show thorough knowledge of the people, weapons, tactics, and ambience of the civil war. A veritable feast.”—Publishers Weekly
“As historical fiction this stands beside The Killer Angels. As an alternative history of Gettysburg, it stands alone. The mastery of operational history enables the authors to expand the story’s scope. The narrative is so clear that the action can be followed without maps. And the characters are sometimes heartbreakingly true to their historical originals.”—Dennis Showalter, Former President of the Society of Military Historians
“Gettysburg is a creative, clever, and fascinating ‘what if?’ novel that promises to excite and entertain America’s legions of Civil War buffs.”—James Carville
"Absolutely brilliant! Fast-paced and filled with tension and suspense."-Oliver North, LtCol., USMC (Ret). host of War Stories on the Fox News Channel
"The authors` research shines in accurate accounts of diplomatic maneuvering as well as the nuts and bolts of military action."-Publishers Weekly--This text refers to the Audible Audio Edition edition.
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Actually, I felt that all of the listed moods applied throughout the book. Can't say the entire book is / was just one mood. This book is real! This book exudes the feeling of fear, faith, hope, togetherness as a people, a country, as all characters truly felt; "That we're in this together". They helped each other, cried with each other, laughed when it was needed, supported each other.
The early days of the war, Pearl Harbor, all of it is a very integral part of our history that we should teach our children so they can experience some of the struggles, triumphs, love, loss, strength, hope and the express bonding that takes place under difficulties.
I think the book is a GREAT READ!!
There is no tedious opening narrative, no summary of the war, no overview. You are dumped right into the action of the Pacific Theater, you see the decisions and terrors of the pilots and commanders. The book never lets go of this frantic pace, I read the entire thing through without feeling bored once. This war came alive in the way that Saving Private Ryan or Band of Brothers did for viewers. A fine achievement in a book.
Meticulously researched in every detail, the book helpfully gives authentic WWII black-and-white photographs throughout (hardcover edition, I don't know if the paperback version retains this feature). As we follow the commanders of both Japan and the United States, we wonder if they make the right decisions. The slightest misstep could lead to disaster. And that's exactly what happens. Even those with only a cursory knowledge of the Pacific Theatre (or just having seen Ben Affleck in his 'Pearl Harbor' movie) will easily follow the relentless pace.
Gingrich and Forstchen even work in a fine subplot on how the Nisei (Japanese Americans) contributed to protecting their home, America. All for a country that did not trust them. Not jingoistic in any way, this is a fine history lesson for the lay reader and jaded armchair generals, alike. It will make people want to learn more about what is rapidly becoming 'ancient history'.
After the third wave of Japanese planes have returned to their carriers, Admiral Yamamoto, who relieved Admiral Nagumo as force commander in the previous book, has made plans for two of his battleships to bombard Oahu. The heavily-damaged island and naval base now must face the fury of 14-inch naval shells. Soon, even more planes, buildings, and ships have been destroyed or damaged. However, this attack is not without cost to the Japanese, for a force of American destroyers manage to get close enough to the Japanese battleships to launch torpedoes. The destroyers succeed in severely damaging one of the battleships while forcing the second to withdraw.
Admiral Halsey, steaming off Oahu in the carrier Enterprise, gets word of the battleship attack on the island and launches a strike to finish off the battleship. Unfortunately for Halsey, the Japanese find him first, and Enterprise is severely damaged by Japanese carrier planes. But, the Americans manage to launch a strike of their own, and they leave the carrier Soryu heavily damaged. Next comes a few days of cat and mouse between the enemy fleets until once again the two adversaries make contact with one another. This time, American planes from the Lexington and Japanese planes from the Akagi literally fly within sight of one another as they make their way toward their targets. Both ships suffer the same fate, as each succumbs and sinks. The Japanese fleet has been heavily damaged, but the Americans have lost the services of both of it's Pacific Fleet carriers. What will happen next?
This is an excellent book. The time frame covered is only four days, but there is a lot of action packed in. Gingrich and Forstchen have loaded this book with several exciting battles between the Japanese and American Navies. The story really makes the reader think as to what would have happened to the course of World War II if these events were actually true. The readers must remind themselves that they are reading a novel, because so much of the detail seems authentic.
I give this book my highest recommendation. The Pacific War series has become one of my favorites, and I can't wait to see what Gingrich and Forstchen have in store for the next installment. Fans of historical fiction will want to make sure to read this excellent book.
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Wanted the book to continue. I was so informative and their is so much too learn. Many this book should have been 500 pages.