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In the early hours of December 7, 1941, the Japanese First Air Fleet launched a massive air-strike against the American Pacific Fleet based at Pearl Harbor in Hawaii. Supported by a group of midget submarines, the attack gutted the American battleship fleet but, owing to a lack of intelligence, the American aircraft carriers they hoped to destroy were not present. In this In the early hours of December 7, 1941, the Japanese First Air Fleet launched a massive air-strike against the American Pacific Fleet based at Pearl Harbor in Hawaii. Supported by a group of midget submarines, the attack gutted the American battleship fleet but, owing to a lack of intelligence, the American aircraft carriers they hoped to destroy were not present. In this new study of the raid, Mark Stille reexamines the political context of the attack and the intelligence operations of both sides, and gives a detailed analysis of all the major events during the battle. Backed with numerous photographs, diagrams, maps, and artwork, this book is a complete study of the Japanese attack that awoke 'the sleeping giant'.


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In the early hours of December 7, 1941, the Japanese First Air Fleet launched a massive air-strike against the American Pacific Fleet based at Pearl Harbor in Hawaii. Supported by a group of midget submarines, the attack gutted the American battleship fleet but, owing to a lack of intelligence, the American aircraft carriers they hoped to destroy were not present. In this In the early hours of December 7, 1941, the Japanese First Air Fleet launched a massive air-strike against the American Pacific Fleet based at Pearl Harbor in Hawaii. Supported by a group of midget submarines, the attack gutted the American battleship fleet but, owing to a lack of intelligence, the American aircraft carriers they hoped to destroy were not present. In this new study of the raid, Mark Stille reexamines the political context of the attack and the intelligence operations of both sides, and gives a detailed analysis of all the major events during the battle. Backed with numerous photographs, diagrams, maps, and artwork, this book is a complete study of the Japanese attack that awoke 'the sleeping giant'.

30 review for Tora! Tora! Tora!: Pearl Harbor 1941

  1. 5 out of 5

    W

    Movie review The movie with this title was based on Gordon W.Prange's book Tora ! Tora !Tora ! but I can't find it on goodreads.So,this one will have to make do. Tora Tora Tora means complete surprise achieved.An unusual war film,which shows the bombing of Pearl Harbour from both sides. It is a lengthy film,at times it drags.But it also has its share of interesting moments,especially when showing how unexpectedly the attack came for the Americans. There is plenty of time given to the Japanese side.W Movie review The movie with this title was based on Gordon W.Prange's book Tora ! Tora !Tora ! but I can't find it on goodreads.So,this one will have to make do. Tora Tora Tora means complete surprise achieved.An unusual war film,which shows the bombing of Pearl Harbour from both sides. It is a lengthy film,at times it drags.But it also has its share of interesting moments,especially when showing how unexpectedly the attack came for the Americans. There is plenty of time given to the Japanese side.Wave after wave of Japanese Zeroes taking off from the aircraft carrier to launch the attack is a scene worth watching. The declaration of war from Japan arrives after the attack,instead of before as intended.After the initial jubiliation,the mood in the Japanese camp becomes sombre. 3.5 stars

  2. 4 out of 5

    Manolo González

    For being a small book (80 pages more or less), it's pretty complete, a little bit of introduction, a full and detailed story of the attack, maps, numer of the planes, ships, damages, etc... It's a really good way to know a little more deeply about the attack. For being a small book (80 pages more or less), it's pretty complete, a little bit of introduction, a full and detailed story of the attack, maps, numer of the planes, ships, damages, etc... It's a really good way to know a little more deeply about the attack.

  3. 5 out of 5

    P.S. Winn

    Great look back at what happened and should never be allowed to happen again. I know there are a lot of stories of the Pearl Harbor attack, but this is one of my favorites.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Billy Leon

    This effort was basically just OK. It wasn't a bad read it just didn't meet the expectations of what the preview intended. Then it would be impossible to relay all the political, military, and personal accounts within a 77-page format. The book basically comes across like a "Cliff Notes" version of the event itself. Equally disappointing were text and graphic flaws that should have been caught and corrected during the editing process. However, the book does contain some relevant historical and s This effort was basically just OK. It wasn't a bad read it just didn't meet the expectations of what the preview intended. Then it would be impossible to relay all the political, military, and personal accounts within a 77-page format. The book basically comes across like a "Cliff Notes" version of the event itself. Equally disappointing were text and graphic flaws that should have been caught and corrected during the editing process. However, the book does contain some relevant historical and statistical information. If a reader is looking for a more in depth and detailed accounting, I still believe that Samuel Morison and Gordon Prange still deliver the better accounts. If time is short however, and you need to grasp what happened at Pearl Harbor, this book is a competent overview.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Sean Chick

    This is a good entry, although not as good as other Stille works. There is very little about the American preparations. Indeed, Stille is arguably overly critical of Kimmel. This book also represents current scholarship, that is it is very critical of Yamamoto and the results of the raid. If it makes any new argument it is that Japanese planning and execution was poor, which is a bit of a whopper. Overall, this is Stille at his weakest and most myopic but still a good book.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Mark

    Another I read to learn more about the place I was visiting on vacation. I normally think of these Osprey book as a lot of good illustrations, more than the text, but this one was really great. Excellent text, data, and illustrations.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Claes Gefvenberg

  8. 5 out of 5

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    Marcelo

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    Gerardo Corta

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  13. 4 out of 5

    Jim Costello

  14. 5 out of 5

    Chadlin Ostrander

  15. 5 out of 5

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  16. 4 out of 5

    Ahsan Zaffar Qayyum

  17. 4 out of 5

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  18. 4 out of 5

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    Robert Knapton

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    Michael

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    Russell Martin

  24. 5 out of 5

    Betsy Ames

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    Gary Adkisson

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    Mike Cocke

  28. 5 out of 5

    Tan Kheng Lai

  29. 4 out of 5

    Douglas Sawyer

  30. 5 out of 5

    Alex Flach

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