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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Ships from and sold by Amazon. Probably the best researched book I have ever read. The major players are evident, and one very quickly identifies those. The desire to find fault is psychologically rooted. All of that stands as a relatively indifferent prologue to an unequivocal endorsement of a book that has no peer in the genre of narrative history based on first-person accounts. The editors did the reader no favors by putting in all that was gathered. Very objective approach to the subject.

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. In At Dawn We Sleptyou learn that it’s not nearly so black-and-white. Also, ay story and characters on both sides. Despite this disappointing finish for rpangeit is a worthwhile read for any history buff.


He says the facts are verified. The problem Kimmel faced was that he did not have the aircraft for a systematic search. The book reads like a novel with much speculation. This article is also available for rental through DeepDyve. But this book is likely best suited for history buffs versus casual readers.

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Kramer related to the Kramer’s I use to know in Kenya? He interviewed just about every important surviving participant, including Admiral Husband Kimmel, the Commander in Chief of the Pacific Fleet, gordin Minoru Genda, the Japanese airman who planned the attacks. Fantastic book in terms of it’s depth.

Barrinng the revelation of some unknown source of information, “At Dawn We Slept” puts to rest all myths and misconceptions surrounding the infamous raid.

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Countdown to Pearl Harbor: In fact, the enemy carriers made their approach timed such that any search would have missed them. My library Help Advanced Book Search.

See all reviews. The attack itself is relegated to only a couple chapters. Prange’s scholarship is unequaled. If any of these things or others had occurred, the attack might have been a disaster for the Japanese.

It’s a sad story that says more about our country’s yearning to lsept a scapegoat rather than acknowledge a smaller country’s ability to outsmart a larger one.

At Dawn We Slept: The Untold Story of Pearl Harbor by Gordon W. Prange

Truth is always stranger and more interesting than fiction, or at least it usually is. The first two sections are told mainly from the Japanese point of view. The anger that followed Pearl Harbor came from Japanese perfidy in promising peace while planning for war.


One person found this helpful. This is a result of Prange’s original intent, which was to tell the Japanese side of the story. He studied at the University of Berlin in toduring which he said: Prange was a popular lecturer at the University of Maryland.

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Waaaaaay too much detail. I found it fascinating at times and tedious at others. Penguin Books- History – pages. Get fast, free shipping with Amazon Prime.

Write a customer review. The grandfather who fought in the Pacific was given, upon his discharge, a written history of the conflict compiled by S.

The Japanese government purposely kept him in the dark. Customers who viewed this item also viewed. Retrieved from ” https: If I were to assume a goal for such an undertaking based on its result, it would have to be the futility in finding one side indestructible in the face of another. You hear about the same mistakes over and over and over. I would like to read it again at a more leisurely pace and what would be interesting as a linguistics graduate would be; could I be able to pick up where his former students Dr.