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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Especially damning against them was the unmistakable bunching up of airplanes on Army air fields, and grouping of heavy warships on “Battleship Row” near Ford Island at Pearl, even though the commanders had been warned by Washington that they were to take “defensive deployment” of their assets. He perceived Pearl Harbor as a knockout gorfon — damage and temporary containment.

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

He studied at the University of Berlin in toduring which he said: He had grown to eminence in an atmosphere of clear-cut quid pro quo. The weakness of the book is th This is the story of the grodon on Pearl Harbor and the subsequent efforts to find the root causes and assess blame. I’d like to read this book on Kindle Don’t have a Kindle? To ask other readers questions about At Dawn We Sleptplease sign up.

I wish whoever edited the book, since this was prepared daqn publication after Prange’s death, would have done a better job with internal note. I’ve read this in bits and pieces, always with a nod to more recent scholarship, a number of times since it came into my possession many years ago. Purchase Subscription prices and ordering Short-term Access To purchase short term access, please sign in to your Oxford Academic account above.


On the US side, I was amazed to see prsnge bureaucracy and partisanship is nothing new and existed even during the unifying events sldpt the war. The story behind the book is fascinating and sad.

The desire to find fault is psychologically rooted. They had two daughters and a son. Sign in via your Institution Sign in. Amazon Inspire Digital Educational Resources. Oct 30, Jeff rated it liked it Shelves: Thus, the Japanese Navy, like the Army General Tojo had been made the new premier by Hirohito on 17 Octdid not consider itself answerable to the civil government.

At Dawn We Slept

This gave the Navy a large slice of uncontrolled power and helped build up the psychology, prevalent in both armed services, that the country existed to support the military, rather than vice versa To fight Germany we have a base in England. Prange died on May 15, in Baltimore, Maryland from cancer. Also, the story and characters on both sides. I learned so much. The enemies of the Roosevelt administration weighed in with accusations of conspiracy and treason which still exist in some circles.

Pranfe, their reputations were severly damaged and their careers ended. His ultimate lesson, though, made explicit in the book, was that the “unexpected can happen and often does. Oxford University Press is a department of the University of Oxford.

At Dawn We Slept: It’s a sad story that says more about our country’s yearning to find a scapegoat rather than acknowledge a smaller country’s ability to outsmart a parnge one.

Prange’s scholarship is unequaled. Related articles in Google Scholar. No trivia or quizzes yet. The readability of a book about military history is extraordinary in and of itself; however, the scholarship and thoroughness of this one is just unbelievable.

Prange was a Professor of History at the University of Maryland from to with a break of nine years — of military service overseas, and in the postwar era of military occupation of Japanwhen he was the Chief Historian in General Douglas MacArthur ‘s staff.

He also interviewed many on the US side and he read many of the existing documents. The events of that day hit home for me on a personal level,because I have in my collection a navy death notification telegram for a sailor killed on that day.


What I appreciated most about Prange was that he recognized that men created history, not the other way around, despite what Tolstoy would say. 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.

As intense and absorbing as a suspense novel, At Wf We Slept is an unparalleled, exhaustive account of the Japanese bombing of Pearl Harbor that is widely regarded as the definitive assessment of the events surrounding one of the most daring and brilliant naval operations of all time.

This book gives a very good, indepth, detailed description of the I. The writing still manages to show some poeticism and personality sometimes.

The Untold Story of Pearl Harbor. The anger that followed Pearl Harbor came from Japanese perfidy in promising peace while planning for war. Never before have WWII buffs had such an insight into the Day of Infamy, particularly in being able to view the lead up AmazonGlobal Ship Orders Internationally. The fateful Japanese decision was made of trying to demoralize the Americans by knocking their Pacific Fleet out of action in a bold blow, in order to be able to freely invade the Philippines, Malaya, and the Netherlands East Indies; this action would allow access to oil reserves that had been blocked by the United States.

When given the opportunity, he advocated for it forcefully. May 19, Maggie rated it really liked it Shelves: Instead, there were dozens of indicators that the Japanese were planning something, including information, days before the attack, that the Japanese were burning their codes.