Early in the morning of Dec. 7, 1941, Japanese submarines and carrier-based planes attacked the U.S. Pacific fleet at Pearl Harbor. Nearby military and naval airfields were also attacked by the Japanese planes. Eight American battleships and 10 other naval vessels were sunk or badly damaged, almost 200 American aircraft were destroyed, and approximately 3000 naval and military personnel were killed or wounded. The attack marked the entrance of Japan into World War II on the side of Germany and Italy and of the U.S. on the Allied side. --Funk & Wagnalls New World Encyclopedia, 2017.

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Luann Dillon
Call to Arms

W.E.B. Griffin

Griffin’s epic story of an elite fraternity within the Marine Corps., known as the Raiders takes form after the attack on Pearl Harbor.

December 6: a novel

Martin Cruz Smith

Harry Niles was raised in Japan by his American missionary parents. In December 1941 Harry must decide where his true allegiances lie.

Garden of Stones

Sophie Littlefield

Lucy Takeda is just fourteen years old, living in Los Angeles, when the bombs rain down on Pearl Harbor. Within weeks she and her mother, Miyako, are ripped from their home and taken to the Manzanar prison camp where corruption and abuse are rampant.

Little Tokyo Informant

Andrew Rosenheim

Special agent Jimmy Nessheim follows a trail of Russian money to a risky undercover gambit in Hawaii hours before the Japanese surprise attack.

All the Gallant Men: An American Sailor’s Firsthand Account of Pearl Harbor

Donald Stratton
940.5426 Str

A memoir by a USS Arizona survivor describes his experience of the attacks that left him with burns over more than sixty-five percent of his body, and his resolve to reenter service after his recovery.

American Home Front, 1941 – 1942

Alistair Cooke
940.5373 Co

Shortly after the bombing of Pearl Harbor, Cooke, a newly naturalized citizen, set out to see his country as it was undergoing monumental change. He wanted to see what the war had done to the people, the towns, the jobs, the crops and the landscapes, to let significance fall where it might.

A Matter of Honor: Pearl Harbor: betrayal, blame and a family’s quest for justice

Anthony Summers
940.5426 Sum

Admiral Husband Kimmel, Commander in Chief of the Pacific Fleet was relieved of duty, accused of dereliction of duty and publicly disgraced after Pearl Harbor. The Admiral fought his entire long life to clear his name. After his death, his Navy veteran sons continued the work. Now his grandchildren maintain the struggle.

Pearl Harbor: From Infamy to Greatness

Craig Nelson
940.5426 Nel

Backed by five years of research, Nelson delivers all the terror, chaos, violence, tragedy and heroism of the attack in stunning details and offers surprising conclusions about unforeseen consequences.

Seven Days of Infamy: Pearl Harbor Across the World

Nicholas Best
940.5426 Bes

Author Best brings together what people were doing on Dec. 7th. Kirk Douglas was a waiter, Eisenhower was taking a nap, and Edward R. Murrow was playing golf. This book offers a human look at an event that would forever alter the global landscape.