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USS Arizona's last band: The history of U.S. Navy Band Number 22 Hardcover – 1996
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What bothered me about the book was her hostility- toward the Government, the Navy, the Army and anybody else she could think of. Pearl Harbor was a tragedy. All the facts might never be known, even after all the books that have been written about it. If you can get around her constant reminders, it is a good book. Her brother was in the band so I'm sure it was a hard book to write. She achieved what she set out to do- to make sure the U.S.S. Arizonas last band, Navy Band Number 22, will be remembered.
This is an amazing book, you won't want to put it down. God bless those sailors, and many thanks to Molly Kent for all her hard work bringing together the story of the USS Arizona's Last Band.
The only problem I have with this book is that the author constantly reminds us of the forthcoming tragedy. We know the Arizona sank with huge loss of life. We know, from reading the introduction to the book, that the band perished. We readers did not need the constant reminders that December 7th was forthcoming because we already knew that. I will concede that because of the author's personal connection to the band and the events, that it was probably difficult for her to write the account.
Nonetheless, if you can overlook that one factor, you will find a wonderful heart-warming story. When it's finished, you'll feel as robbed as the families who suffered through their loss. This is one of those few Pearl Harbor books that you'll want to pick up and be glad that you did.