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Pearl Harbor Air Raid: The Japanese Attack on the U.S. Pacific Fleet, December 7, 1941

15 June 2017

Pearl Harbor Air Raid: The Japanese Attack on the U.S. Pacific Fleet, December 7, 1941, Nicholas A. Veronico, 2017, ISBN 978-0811718387, 208 pp. & 300+ photos

Pearl Harbor Air Raid: The Japanese Attack on the U.S. Pacific Fleet, December 7, 1941 by Nicholas A. Veronico

Pearl Harbor Air Raid: The Japanese Attack on the U.S. Pacific Fleet, December 7, 1941 by Nicholas A. Veronico (front cover)

 

This year is the 75th anniversary of the raid on Pearl Harbor. Fittingly Nick Veronico has produced this new book and it promises to be one for history buffs everywhere because he shows the rest of the story. Yes, the attack is well documented but—and this is where this book goes beyond the others—Veronico (using 300+ images) also shows the aftermath and amazing recovery. The recovery is a victory in itself and its story has long been given short shrift until this book. Veronico also thoughtfully/respectfully included appendices of the Congressional Medal of Honor awardees as well as serial number listing of aircraft destroyed in that raid. Sidebars and details included give context as well as point to ponder.

Pearl Harbor Air Raid—through Veronico’s insightful, concisely informative and contagious style—has readers experience both side of this battle as well as all phases of the raid. We understand the tranquil setting of Pearl Harbor on any given Sunday. The reality of combat during the raid with dramatic photos (many hardly seen before this book) from Japanese and American sources is next. Finally, and especially, the recovery and repair phase where we learn: of the massive damage caused by the torpedos (usually not seen but these ships were recovered from Pearl’s shallow waters instead of being lost to the ocean deep), the totality of damage to the aircraft and hangars, and the civilians lost. Veronico has encapsulated the losses in detail with references and listings, his photos are complete and extraordinary, the heroism recorded as well as the places see are humbling.

Veronico’s writing is a welcome blend of information, insight and I-didn’t-know-that. He simply loves this work and this new book promises to show the entire story if the raid from the U.S. Armed Forces perspective.

 

Pearl Harbor Air Raid: The Japanese Attack on the U.S. Pacific Fleet, December 7, 1941 by Nicholas A. Veronico (back cover)

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