Officially known as National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day, Pearl Harbor Day is observed on December 7 each year. Commemorating the December 7, 1941 attacks on the United States Navy Base at Pearl Harbor by the Japanese, a ceremony is held each year to remember the events of that day and the deaths of over 2,300 Americans. The bombing of Pearl Harbor is considered a turning point in World War II, as Congress declared war on Japan on December 8, 1941, thereby overturning the United States' isolationist stance.
There have been many books published about different aspects of Pearl Harbor Day, from survivor eyewitness accounts to the political ramifications of the bombings. These books bring to light the complexities of World War II and tell the stories of a date that will live in infamy.
At Dawn We Slept
Prange's extensively researched book includes interviews by both American and Japanese military leaders, soldiers and officials, making the book's content both objective and thorough. At close to 900 pages, it is considered the definitive book regarding the history surrounding Pearl Harbor Day.
All the Gallant Men
Stratton, a survivor of the USS Arizona, provides a firsthand account of the events on December 7, 1941. Severely burned during the attack, Stratton went on to recover and re-enlist to fight in Okinawa, Japan. He passed away in 2020 at 97 years old.
Countdown to Pearl Harbor
Author Steve Twomey delves into the days leading up to the Pearl Harbor attacks and analyzes what was known as well as what could have been done to prevent them.
Eri Hotta's extensive research focuses on the Japanese perspective and attempts to answer why Japan engaged in a doomed war from the start.
Filled with primary sources, historian Craig Nelson breathes new life into the circumstances, people and facts surrounding the Pearl Harbor attack.
Seven Days of Infamy
Best provides a snapshot of the week of the Pearl Harbor bombing and the reactions of people around the world, both famous and ordinary.