by. Gordon W. Prange. · Rating details · 2, ratings · 96 reviews. Decades after the attack that plunged America into WWII, At Dawn We Slept remains the. Gordon William Prange (July 16, – May 15, ) was the author of several World War II Several became New York Times bestsellers, including At Dawn We Slept and Miracle at Midway. Prange’s Tora! Tora! Tora!, published in. At dawn we slept: the untold story of Pearl Harbor / Gordon W. Prange ; in collaboration with Donald M. Goldstein and Katherine V. Dillon Prange, Gordon W.

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Amazon Second Chance Pass it on, trade it in, give it a second life. Receive exclusive offers and updates from Oxford Academic. There were ay who felt Kimmel and Short were scapegoated; others who point out that the ultimate responsibility for failure in a military operation falls to the commanding officers on the ground.

He did not intentionally suppress information in order to bring it about. Prange has written a remarkable historical account of the assault that-sixty years later-America cannot forget. On a personal note, the book was too inclusive.

The failure of the Pearl Harbor commanders – Kimmel and General Walter Short – was to conceive of a carrier attack and make adequate preparations. Prange, and the researchers who carried on his work after his death, seem to leave no stone unturned in the desire to understand every aspect of Pearl Harbor wf revealing the inner workings of the event both militarily and politically.

Someone has to be blamed, right? But a strong, commanding face dominates and subdues the trappings. The attacks on Admiral Kimmel and General Short for not being prepared for the attack was uncalled for and based on testimony of several Officers after the fact who were covering their own backsides by saying that the Hawaiian commanders should have known what their order meant rather than what the orders said.


Share your thoughts with other customers. Fantastic book in terms of it’s depth. When censorship of the Japanese media by Allied Forces was lifted in and the Civil Censorship Detachment disestablished, Professor Prange, recognizing the dawh significance of the CCD material, arranged for its shipment to the University of Maryland. Data on Goodreads does not match my copy.

You do not currently have access to this article. As the attack date neared, and warning lights started flashing, there came more and more chances to blow the Japanese plans: In the end, the book illustrates sle;t narrow-minded futility of politics in creating scapegoats for what’s perceived to be a failure to predict ingenuity on the part of a race or people perceived to be incapable of anything so audacious.

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English Choose a language for shopping. My library Help Advanced Book Search. In Japan, at the time, the military and diplomatic branches were mutually exclusive, with Tojo’s war clique having most of the power. I got three big points from this book.

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There’s a problem loading this menu right now. No stone is left unturned, and I got bored with seeing the same old dirt underneath. Ignoring this reality, and trying to convict one person, is an exercise in ludicrousness.

If we concentrate on Japan first we might lose our base of England. Naval fleet stationed at Pearl Harbor. The Verdict of Historywhich argues that despite right-wing paranoia to the contrary, FDR did not orchestrate the attacks, either by commission or omission; and December 7, How do people find the time to write prangf much about the same topic?

Kimmel had done all of these things The book’s biggest weakness is that it criticizes Adm. Countdown to Pearl Harbor: The booked went to print about the time a volumnus amount of classified material was released to the public including documents that refute Prange’s accusations against the Hawaiian commanders.


If you’ve heard of Yamamoto, it’s probably because of his famous exclamation, following Pearl Harbor, that Japan had awoken “a sleeping giant, and filled him dawm a terrible resolve.

Refresh and try again. However, if one is looking for the intelligence and intepretation of intelligence by the U. Email alerts New issue alert. It was actually written after Prange’s death by Donald Goldstein based on Prange’s research. Clearly written and well paced.

As intense and absorbing as a suspense novel, At Dawn We Slept is the unparalleled and exhaustive account of the Japanese bombing of Pearl Harbor. Jan 03, David rated it it was amazing. The book describes the detailed planning, training and execution of the assault by the Japanese Navy; the political conundrum facing the FDR administration; the perfect storm of miscommunication, missed communication, and confusion by American military leadership; and almost unbelievable good luck of the Japanese forces, that res Exhaustively researched and documented account of the planning, execution, and aftermath of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor.

A terrific if somewhat daunting read. The Allied Presence in Japan, To fight Germany we have a base in England.

They moved to Maryland where Prange took employment as a history instructor at the University of Maryland.

We simply refuse to acknowledge, at the time or since, the fact that anyone else might be capable of outflanking or out-thinking us on a tactical or strategic level.