Pearl Harbor : The Pacific War

  • by Newt Gingrich, William Forstchen
  • Narrated by William Dufris
  • Series: The Pacific War
  • 12 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

After their New York Times best-selling series on the American Civil War, Newt Gingrich and William Forstchen now turn to the events leading up to the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor and examine how different decisions might have profoundly changed the history that unfolded. Poignant and rich with memorable characters - from the Japanese Naval Academy to the British garrison at Singapore and the Americans at Bataan - Pearl Harbor is the account of the day that started the war for the Pacific. Layering historical facts with fictional characters, political motives, and Western/Eastern theories, Gingrich and Forstchen once again prove their strength as historians and storytellers.

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What the Critics Say

"Intriguing....it is always fun to re-imagine history, and Gingrich and Forstchen won't disappoint." (Booklist)

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Customer Reviews

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History with a twist

History can be dry and dull or it can be so interesting depending on how it is communicated. I found this novel to be a wonderful interpretation of the events leading up to the attack on Pearl Harbor. Many of the characters are fictional, some are real, most of the events are real, one key event at the end is fictional. I suppose this is so that in the sequel which I haven't yet read we will learn how that one key difference might have affected history. Highly recommend this audio book even if you have read plenty about Pearl Harbor in the past.
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- Book and Movie Lover

Good historical fiction

This is a very listenable account of the events leading to and about the attack on Pearl Harbor. In a manner different from most western books on Pearl Harbor, the emphasis of the story is how the Japanese got to point where the attack was justified (from their view of course). The story walks the line of telling you the Japanese thinking without either condeming, excusing or supporting it. It provides a glimpse into the cultural differences between the Japanese and the west and how that plays into the story.

The written description of the attack itself is very well done and you feel like you can see it in front of you.

It is one of thoise books where you are sorry to see it end and want to read what happens during the rest of the war. I would love to see the story continue through the use of the atomic bombs.

I would have given it a 5 but I thought that it would have benefited from more specific historical information and more details about code breaking efforts.

Otherwise a great historical novel...
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- Stephen

Book Details

  • Release Date: 05-31-2007
  • Publisher: Macmillan Audio