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by. Gordon W. Prange. · Rating details · 2, ratings · 96 reviews. Decades after the attack that plunged America into WWII, At Dawn We Slept remains the. Gordon William Prange (July 16, – May 15, ) was the author of several World War II Several became New York Times bestsellers, including At Dawn We Slept and Miracle at Midway. Prange’s Tora! Tora! Tora!, published in. At dawn we slept: the untold story of Pearl Harbor / Gordon W. Prange ; in collaboration with Donald M. Goldstein and Katherine V. Dillon Prange, Gordon W.

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To purchase short term access, please sign in to your Oxford Academic account above. Security was so lax that the comings and goings of af ships were published in the newspapers every morning.

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Much attention is paid to the issue of culpability as regards both the US naval and army commands as well as the administration of President Roosevelt itself. Jun 19, Matthew Komatsu rated it it was amazing. Several thousand miles of seperation sleot allow experienced, competent leaders to misinterpret vital information with fatal results. Together, these tomes comprise an exhaustive study of the day that will live in infamy.

If any of these things or others had occurred, the attack might have been a disaster for the Japanese. Account Options Sign in. The book describes the detailed planning, training and execution of the assault by the Japanese Navy; the political conundrum facing the FDR administration; the perfect storm of miscommunication, missed communication, danw confusion by American military leadership; and almost unbelievable good luck of the Japanese forces, that res Exhaustively researched and documented account of the planning, execution, and aftermath of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor.

The Ag government purposely kept him in the dark. Fantastic book in terms of it’s depth.

This gave the Navy a large slice of uncontrolled power and helped build up the psychology, prevalent in both armed services, that the country existed to support the military, rather than vice versa It isn’t that easy to scan chapters for something one read earlier. A painstaking and thorough ‘labour of love’ started by G. The failure of the Pearl Harbor commanders – Kimmel and General Walter Short – was to conceive of a carrier attack and make adequate preparations.


The unexpected can happen and often does. But a strong, commanding face dominates and subdues the trappings. For instance I gained the impression that the author “dismisses the Wind Codes messages”, and I feel there are indications that there is a lot of the pre-Pearl Harbor attack intelligence “just not there. Truth is always stranger and more interesting than fiction, or at least it usually is.

A fascinating study of how bureaucracy and hubris combine with stunning results. It is not just a history. It is the face of a man of action and a visionary, reflecting willpower and drive as well as sensitivity. Purchase Subscription prices and ordering Short-term Access To purchase short term access, please sign in to your Oxford Academic account above.

Prange Limited preview – I have looked for evidence of who funded this book but didn’t find anything.

At Dawn We Slept

The story behind the book is fascinating and sad. The ultimate chronicle,written by a man with no ax to grind. Uncovers alot about the Hawaii operation. Most users should sign in with their email address. Covers both the American and Japanese side.

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Through extensive research and interviews with American and Japanese leaders, Gordon W. Read more Read less.

I would like to read it again at a A painstaking and thorough ‘labour of love’ started by G. Prange was a Professor of History at sleph University of Maryland from to with a gordn of nine years — of military service overseas, and in the postwar era of military occupation of Japanwhen he was the Chief Historian in General Douglas MacArthur ‘s staff. The Untold Story of Pearl Harbor.

Despite all that the book is worth reading, it just isn’t a total joy. Amazon Drive Cloud storage from Amazon. One person found this helpful. Share your thoughts with other customers. I won’t bore you with the service details of each, aside from the fact that the one in the Pacific theater was drafted following Pearl Harbor, served on a destroyer, survived multiple kamikaze attacks, and was the finest person I’ve ever known.


Gordon Prange, wrote one of the best histories of how we, through our shortsightedness, and our beliefs in the ocean borders, allowed ourselves to be drawn into the Second World War through our unpreparedness.

The angular jaw slants sharply to an emphatic chin. Barrinng the revelation of some unknown source of information, “At Dawn We Slept” puts to rest all myths and misconceptions surrounding the infamous raid. The major players are evident, and one very quickly identifies those.

Yet one cannot wonder that Kimmel turned almost morbid.

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In the book relatively little time is spent on the actual attak itself and the last big section deals with the aftermath, mostly around the many hearings and investigations that were undertaken to assign blame. It was uncompleted at his death in With that in mind, and inspired by HBO’s miniseries The PacificI pulled At Dawn We Slept down off my shelf, where it has sat since it was purchased at a used book store many, many years ago.

He taught history at the University of Maryland from until his death. Amazon Advertising Find, attract, and engage customers. He is still remembered by alumni as one of the University’s truly great teachers, and is well known today for major works on the war in the Pacific, particularly Tora! I wish whoever edited the book, since this was prepared for publication after Prange’s death, would have done a better job with internal note.

He obtained his bachelor’s degree, his Masters inand Doctorate in East Dane Designer Men’s Fashion. Ignoring this reality, and trying to convict one person, is an exercise in ludicrousness. Jan 15, Jefferson Coombs rated it really liked it Shelves: