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Lord Walter Day of Infamy 243pp New York Wordsworth Editions 1998 Day of Infamy examines what is possibly the most remembered day in American history Author Walter Lord recounts the days and weeks leading up to the Japanese attack of Pearl Harbor though the eyes of the people closest to the action Through his personal interviews with survivors from the United States Armed Forces and the citizens living on the island Oahu as well as research from the archives or recorded Japanese history concerning this historic date Lord attempts to present Sunday December 7 1941 from the humanistic side His personal interviews have lent much insight as to what it was like for both sides in the days and weeks leading up to and through the attack Lord attempts to bring the reader into the drama by including the smallest details as they were recalled to him by the officers enlisted men citizens and bystanders of both Pearl Harbor and the island of Oahu He attempts to convey to the reader that contrary to some public opinion the attack might not have been a total surprise as there may have been some warning signs during the weeks and days leading up to December 7 1941 Whether or not he subscribes to the theory that the invasion was a total surprise one thing is made clear with his writing if indeed there were any warning signs indicating the upcoming attack they were ignored or taken lightly by both the service personnel and the officers stationed at Pearl Harbor and the US fleet was in no way prepared or ready to fend off any type of attack no matter how large or small The author does an excellent job of depicting the US
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