Title: Pearl Harbor
Author: H.P. Willmott with Tohmatsu Harou & W. Spenser Johnson
Publisher: Cassell & Co.
Price: $30 (US)
I assumed to be another "coffee-table" book on
the Pearl Harbor attack turned out to be a real gem.
A good look at the political and financial history of
Japanese-American relations provided a historical
backdrop to the attack itself. The author provides
some thought-provoking insights to the difficulties
overcome by the Kido Butai to mount the attack. He
also provides some interesting ideas on the damage done
to the Pacific Fleet and Army aviation facilities.
A couple of very good appendices attempt to resolve the
on-going controvery concerning the actual number of
aircraft used in the attack, and the leaders of the
various formations used in the attack.
This book is well illustrated, lots of photos, maps, etc. Overall a very good offering and well worth the price.
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