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Pearl Harbor An Illustrated History (edição: 2001)

de Dan Van der Vat (Autor), John McCain (Introdução), Tom Freeman (Painter)

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Franklin Delano Roosevelt proclaimed it "A day that will live in infamy"-December 7, 1941, the one date from the Second World War that almost every American knows by heart. Pearl Harbor is the definitive illustrated account of that momentous day. No other battle of the Pacific War was better documented in photographs than was Pearl Harbor. Everyone has seen some of these images, but few are aware of just how many there are-including many that have never been published. Official government photographers were busy that morning, but so were countless service personnel and shocked civilians. Even the Japanese navy photographed their preparations and the launch of the attack fleet. The visual record of the day includes not just stunning black-and-white shots but also vivid color photos showing the American fleet under attack and burning. Pearl Harbor makes lavish use of these historical photos to vividly re-create what it felt like to be there during every key moment of the battle. A compelling narrative by noted naval historian Dan Van der Vat explains the causes and background of the attack. Moving first-person reminiscences of persons who were there-Japanese and Americans, military and civilians, adults and children-give the pictures even greater immediacy.… (mais)
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Título:Pearl Harbor An Illustrated History
Autores:Dan Van der Vat (Autor)
Outros autores:John McCain (Introdução), Tom Freeman (Painter)
Informação:Basic Books (2001), 176 pages
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Etiquetas:WWII, Pearl Harbor

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I have read a few books on the surprise attack by the Japanese Imperial Forces in 1941, and this book would be the best I have read – an illustrated version of the classic war pic “Tora! Tora! Tora!” of the 70s. It does away with a lot of the pre and post-war history that, while it has relevance, it is not what a lot of readers want, or need to know about.

There are two reasons that this book is such a good read – to those who are well aware of the attack, and especially for those whose knowledge is just being able to name the battle in pub quizzes – it is in its illustrations and its ‘non-biased’ approach to getting the story across.

The plethora of photos (some I have never seen before) maps, and the brilliant paintings are a credit to this book, capturing the shock, scale, and awesomeness of the event. Some are those taken by Japanese pilots who took part in the attack and seem almost surreal or shots from a movie such is their impact.

Brilliant photo showing near miss on Battleship row
The writing is to the point and not full of jargon, giving the most ardent land-lubber and civilian the ability to keep pace. And with eye-witness accounts from all sides (American, Japanese, and civilian) these add different perspectives to the ensuing battle. In fact I would go so far as to say that you cannot help but show some respect for the antagonists for their own bravery, skill, and patriotism.

In closing I will no doubt upset some; it is with the immortal words from President Roosevelt; “…a date which will live in infamy, the United States of America was suddenly and deliberately attacked…” – I have an issue with the use ‘suddenly’ – in reading any book on this subject it is clear to even the most layman of people who this term is hardly justified – the fact that the attack happened with such ferocity and impact was partly in due to the Japanese planning and execution (which in fact did not go entirely to plan, otherwise it could have been so much worse), but the inept ability and arrogance of the American forces who had enough pieces of the puzzle to know what was happening, where, and when. It was inevitable, they just failed in their task, yet another case of ‘how the hell did the Allies win the war?’ Not so much their winning, more the Axis losing in my mind…there will be debate whether America in fact bought it upon themselves (as has been repeated in many more instances since WWII) as their interjection into Manchuria was the catalyst. But that’s another story for another time.
RIP to all who fell not just at Pearl Harbour, but WWII itself. ( )
  scuzzy | Jun 17, 2011 |
A great compilation of photographs from the US Navy's darkest hours. ( )
  Sturgeon | Apr 29, 2007 |
Good as an illustrated history, if that's what you're looking for, but disappointing relative to Van Der Vat's other outstanding works of modern naval history. ( )
  wfzimmerman | Apr 13, 2007 |
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Franklin Delano Roosevelt proclaimed it "A day that will live in infamy"-December 7, 1941, the one date from the Second World War that almost every American knows by heart. Pearl Harbor is the definitive illustrated account of that momentous day. No other battle of the Pacific War was better documented in photographs than was Pearl Harbor. Everyone has seen some of these images, but few are aware of just how many there are-including many that have never been published. Official government photographers were busy that morning, but so were countless service personnel and shocked civilians. Even the Japanese navy photographed their preparations and the launch of the attack fleet. The visual record of the day includes not just stunning black-and-white shots but also vivid color photos showing the American fleet under attack and burning. Pearl Harbor makes lavish use of these historical photos to vividly re-create what it felt like to be there during every key moment of the battle. A compelling narrative by noted naval historian Dan Van der Vat explains the causes and background of the attack. Moving first-person reminiscences of persons who were there-Japanese and Americans, military and civilians, adults and children-give the pictures even greater immediacy.

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