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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Jul 15, Alex Jutte rated it liked it. There were those who felt Kimmel and Short were scapegoated; others who point out that the ultimate responsibility for failure in a military operation falls to the commanding officers on the ground. A good read for those who really want to understand the history behind the conflict, but not for the faint of heart. Ever since the fires were out on the destroyed battleships, questions have been continually asked concerning the responsibility for creating this disaster.

Prange takes a long, gordoj look at President Roosevelt’s relationship with Japan and implies that FDR all but goaded the empire into bombing the Hawaiian base. Add both to Cart Add both to List.

At Dawn We Slept

The politics and who did what to whom, or who didn’t do what to some other whom, dawj really interest me. Many more details than I ever knew.

Even though the Secretary of the Navy, the Secretary of War and other higher-ups felt the sting of criticism, Prangee and Short carried the load of blame. Don’t have an account?

Each grandfather enlisted in the Navy, with one ending up in the European and the other in the Pacific theater. 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 is a lesson about life: In this way, it also illustrates how two outstanding American servicemen became scapegoats for the aftermath. To be honest, it was here that I tapped out and put the book down and decided to call it finished. Gofdon, their reputations were severly damaged and their careers ended.

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

Retrieved 31 July As intense and absorbing as a suspense Return to Book Page. It’s easier for us to say it was Kimmel’s fault or Short’s fault or Clinton’s fault or Bush’s fault than to admit we might be vulnerable, and that our lives might be dswn the whim of others who are stronger than us. After the September 11th attacks, we heard the terrorist attacks were a “second Pearl Harbor”. There were books funded by the government ruling party to revise history in order to cover for those in the government who were responsible for Pearl Harbor, ie, Morrison, Whohlstetter, and am still looking for who financed this book.

Instead, all these different people had small pieces of the puzzle. Verify that your superiors truely understand what you are doing and verify that you truely understand what your subordinates are doing.

The first prangr spilt was by a Japanese and first shot fired was by the U.

At Dawn We Slept: The Untold Story of Pearl Harbor

I understood going in that the focus of the book wasn’t the fight itself, but its buildup; still, I couldn’t help feeling this was all foreplay and no climax. At Dawn We Slept: The fact that the author died prior to prqnge book being released gives it an even more symbolic aura.

You do not currently have access to this article. 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.

There was also the daan caused by large numbers of coded messages which intelligence didn’t seem to have the ability to sift through on a timely basis. The sheer volume of detail can overwhelm the reader. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Not a book to sit and read for pleasure, but very informative. The unexpected can happen and often does.


Gordon William Prange July 16, — May 15, was the author of several World War II historical manuscripts which were published by his co-workers after his death in For Japanese planning and actions prior to the the attack it is useful as a reference. HIST Prange’s twin volumes offer everything you always wanted to know about Pearl Harbor but were afraid to ask, plus pictures! We’ll no doubt be seeing new revelations contained in new titles of books about the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor insince this event, and all of the resulting World War II, bordon continue to fascinate us.

Amazon Advertising Find, attract, and engage customers. It became easy for FDR haters to assign blame for the president who slwpt to get America into the war which had been consuming Europe for over two years. You could not be signed in. Two stars are for the historical value with regard to Japanese planning for Pragne Harbor and the American actors during that period, a wealth of information.

Kramer related to the Kramer’s I use to know in Kenya? These chapters go into great detail about the numerous investigations: This seems to be the foundational theme of Gordon Prange’s work. Sep 24, Kevin Abele rated it liked it. 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.

Showing of reviews. It isn’t that easy to scan chapters for something one read earlier. All this does is iterate what we’ve already read.

However, tragically, Prange died, and it was left to his two assistants who became co-authors to forge a book out of Prange’s prodigious work.