Countdown To Pearl Harbor: The Twelve Days To The Attack
by Steve Twomey
- World War II
Twelve days to disaster
What went wrong at Pearl Harbor? On the 75th anniversary of the attack, Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter Steve Twomey offers an indelibly human look at the warnings, clues, and missteps that marked the twelve days leading up to December 7, 1941.
The Navy had warned Hawaii of danger, but framed it too vaguely. Washington had pierced Japan's diplomatic code, but missed its intentions. The Commander of the Pacific Fleet believed that Pearl was too shallow for torpedoes and thought precautions unnecessary. And many believed that Japanese aviators didn't have the nerve or skill to attempt a strike so far from home.
Twomey's telescoping of these vital twelve days reveals how assumption is the root of disaster-and how sometimes a gamble pays off.
"A well-researched study of an infamous moment that is still fascinating and controversial."-Kirkus Reviews
"Through dogged research and graceful writing, Steve Twomey has made the old tragedy seem new again."-Rick Atkinson, author of The Guns at Last Light
"Steve Twomey has accomplished something remarkable....With deep reporting and vivid writing, he has illumined one of the most momentous events of the twentieth century in stunningly new and penetrating light."-David Maraniss, author of They Marched into Sunlight
"Steve Twomey is a masterful storyteller. Mining new and overlooked records, he has made the Pearl Harbor story new again-suspenseful, dramatic, intensely human, and tragic."-Evan Thomas, author of Sea of Thunder
"With thrilling speed and elegant craftsmanship, Steve Twomey recounts the catastrophe of Pearl Harbor as a classic tale of human nature-its glories and its flaws. A wonderful, heartbreaking book."-David Von Drehle, author of Triangle: The Fire That Changed America
About the Author
Steve Twomey won the Pulitzer Prize for feature writing during a fourteen-year career at The Philadelphia Inquirer, and went on to write for The Washington Post. He has written for numerous publications and has taught narrative writing at the graduate schools of New York University and the City University of New York.
Additional Book Details
|Release Date:||November 1, 2016|