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Pearl Harbor: A Captivating Guide to the Surprise Military Strike by the Imperial Japanese Navy Air Service that Caused the United States of America's Formal Entry into World War II Kindle Edition
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One was the mock attack by Rear Admiral Harry Yarnell, one of the few naval commanders who was also an aviator. He was the commander of the mock attack force in February 1932 and he struck early in the am with airplanes, not battleships. The defending group was expecting a naval attack and were totally unprepared for Yarnell's attack. None of the defending airplanes got off the ground before they were taken out of commission and Yarnell was declared the winner. The US press distributed the story of the mock attack and the Japanese naval officers read it with interest. A few years later, the Japanese would use much of Yarnell's plan in their preemptive strike on the United States. The surprise attack caused the US, who were trying to stay out of the conflict, to immediately arm for battle.
Another surprise was V-mail. To reduce the cost of transferring an original letter through the military postal system, a V-mail letter would be censored, copied to film, and printed back to paper upon arrival at its destination.
The extensiveness of the Japanese Internment Camps in America was another surprise. It was shocking to see that they and Germans were not trusted by the citizens or government. However, based on the stories from my husband's family, many people (of many ethnic groups) were afraid that their US patriotism would be suspect during the dark days of WWII.
Not being a war-aficionado, I didn't realize that Italy had changed sides after the Italians got rid of Mussolini during the second WW. Another surprise was the use of German paratroopers speaking American English behind enemy lines, who spread misinformation and changed road signs.
The transfer of power, upon Roosevelt's death, was another surprise. Eleanor Roosevelt told Harry Truman about her husband's death. One has to feel sorry for Truman; he was vice-president only 3 months and Roosevelt kept his VP in the dark about many things.
Until reading this book, I had no idea that the Australia mainland had been attacked during the war. New Zealand and Australia defended their homeland while sending soldiers to fight on the European front.
One of this book's strong points is the time spent explaining the pressures on Japan, China, Korea, and the other nations, that made them act in the way they did leading up to and during the war. It made sense of the varying pressures on governments and how they addressed those issues. This book is well worth a reader's time
The earlier chapters talk about post war Japan and Post war Hawaii. The chapters afterwards start with the aftermath of Pearl Harbor attack, America preparing for war, the battle in Europe, what happened to the President, and the rest of the chapters about World War II.
The title of the book IS 'Pearl Harbor' .... however: only one chapter (and that's chapter 8) out of 24 is actually devoted to 'Pearl Harbor' as such......
SO: (as with most 'Captivating' books) while there's lots of amazingly interesting information, the book is not really just ABOUT Pearl Harbor. Does one give it * for coverage of 'Pearl Harbor' or **** for great coverage of WWII in general?
Captivating History has fond it again . What most textbooks gives is very sketchy information . Captivating History provides a book that could be used as a survey text or as supplement material for a course !