Day of Infamy
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Lord’s classic, bestselling account of the bombing of Pearl HarborThe Day of Infamy began as a quiet morning on the American naval base at Pearl Harbor. But as Japan’s deadly torpedoes suddenly rained down on the Pacific fleet, soldiers, generals, and civilians alike felt shock, then fear, then rage. From the chaos, a thousand personal stories of courage emerged. Drawn from hundreds of interviews, letters, and diaries, Walter Lord recounts the many tales of heroism and tragedy by those who experienced the attack firsthand. From the musicians of the USS Nevada who insisted on finishing “The Star Spangled Banner” before taking cover, to the men trapped in the capsized USS Oklahoma who methodically voted on the best means of escape, each story conveys the terror and confusion of the raid, as well as the fortitude of those who survived. “The story of a major American defeat that contains so many examples of courage that it will undoubtedly make American readers proud of their countrymen.” —The New York Times “There have been many books on Pearl Harbor . . . but none of them have equaled Lord’s.” —Stephen E. Ambrose, author of Band of Brothers “The carefully planned hour-by-hour recording of the surprise assault on Pearl Harbor . . . is as engrossing as the story of the sinking of the Titanic and more harrowing.” —The AtlanticWalter Lord (1917–2002) was an acclaimed and bestselling author of literary nonfiction best known for his gripping and meticulously researched accounts of watershed historical events. Born in Baltimore, Lord went to work for the Office of Strategic Services during World War II. After the war’s end, Lord joined a New York advertising firm, and began writing nonfiction in his spare time. His first book was The Fremantle Diary (1954), a volume of Civil War diaries that became a surprising success. But it was Lord’s next book, A Night to Remember (1955), that made him famous. The bestseller caused a new flurry of interest in the Titanic and inspired the 1958 film of the same name. Lord went on to use the book’s interview-heavy format as a template for most of his following works, which included detailed reconstructions of the Pearl Harbor attack in Day of Infamy (1957), the battle of Midway in Incredible Victory (1967), and the integration of the University of Mississippi in The Past That Would Not Die (1965). In all, he published a dozen books.
The story draws you in quickly and the drama of it keeps you tied in. Moves along quickly with great insight from many points of view. The number of view points can be a bit overwhelming it you try to recall each. I recommend not doing so and just go along for the ride. So I rate it high for the authorship, but.... Did anyone do a proof read for spelling??? I got hung up several times as a sentence made no sense. I thought I did not understand some military lingo or such at first but it becomes clear it was just poor spelling. I am disappointed in the quality of this digital book. Wonder if print is just as bad. If I were Mr. Lord or his "people" I would be upset with the quality and demand corrections ASAP. How can this happen in this technological age for such an author as Mr. Lord.