Review by Choice Review

In researching his major study of the Pearl Harbor attack, At Dawn We Slept (1981), Gordon Prang not only interviewed many Japanese participants but also collected documents these men had prepared relating to a wide range of political, diplomatic, and military topics, especially to the planning, preparation, and execution of that air raid. In this volume, Goldstein and Dillon, who have carried forth Prang's work following his untimely death, provide some of those documents. Among the most valuable items are those produced by Minodu Genda, the Air Staff officer of the 1st Air Fleet, who was the attack's primary planner and architect. A sampling of letters by Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto and an article from the Weekly Asahi about his love affair with a geisha girl provide insight into the mind of the man who conceived the operation and pushed it to fulfillment. The majority of the volume covers the actual attack and includes excerpts from war diaries, a book, and a contemporary study of the assault. General readers, advanced undergraduates, and above. R. S. La Forte; University of North Texas

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Review by Publisher's Weekly Review

Edited by the coauthors of At Dawn We Slept (with the late Gordon Prange), this is an invaluable collection of Japanese primary source material pertaining to the attack on Pearl Harbor. Included are monographs by Commander Minoru Genda, the tactical genius behind the attack; letters of Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto, who conceived the operation and pushed it through to acceptance; plus detailed war diaries that cover shipboard activities throughout the voyage to Hawaii, the December 7, 1941, attack itself, and the return voyage home. Perhaps the most remarkable document is an extended report titled ``An Intimate Look at the Japanese Navy,'' in which ``official'' Japanese historian Masataka Chihaya reviews the imperial Navy's successes and failures, assesses tactics and weapons used in the war and concludes with a devastating critique of leadership blunders. The volume sets to rest the argument that FDR knew of an imminent attack because American code-breakers monitored the task force's messages; the documents establish unequivocally that radio silence was maintained. A veritable treasure trove for scholars and Pacific War buffs, this collection also includes the after-action map prepared for Emperor Hirohito, which has only recently been recovered. (Nov.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

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