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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Prange’s title implies that America was caught napping. If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support? Women at the Wheel: His sections on the Japanese are excellent. Please try again later. The book describes the detailed planning, training and execution of the assault by the Japanese Navy; the political conundrum facing the FDR administration; the perfect storm of miscommunication, missed communication, and confusion by American military leadership; and almost unbelievable good luck of the Japanese forces, that resulted in what we now call “Pearl Harbor”.

Ships from and sold by Amazon. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. One person found this helpful. Barrinng the revelation of some unknown source of information, “At Dawn We Slept” puts to rest all myths and misconceptions surrounding the infamous raid.


The following are some of the things I learned which were new to me or different than I had come to believe: On the US side, I was amazed to see that bureaucracy and partisanship is nothing new and existed even during the unifying events of the war. I never got around to reading it until after I’d been inducted into the officer corps and, ultimately, long after I’d been separated from the same.

This page was last edited on 20 Juneat His parents were Al, a blacksmith and his wife Johanna. Views Read Edit View history. If he was trying to write an extensive narrative, this is the closest he’s gotten so far. Exhaustively researched and documented account of the planning, execution, and aftermath of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor.

On a personal note, the book was too inclusive. No trivia or quizzes yet. It was uncompleted at his death in Through this very long book they became like family or close friends.

A very thorough telling of the steps Japan took to launch the Pearl Harbor attack. In this way, it also illustrates how two outstanding American servicemen became scapegoats for the aftermath.

At Dawn We Slept: The Untold Story of Pearl Harbor

Very readable, every chapter is bite-sized, so one feels brisk progress is being made despite the overall length of the book. Despite all that the book is worth reading, it just isn’t a total joy.


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.

Prange wrote at least three books, of which this is the largest, on Pearl Harbor. Data on Goodreads does not match my copy.

It was actually written after Prange’s death by Donald Goldstein based on Prange’s research. I learned so much. Lots of lessons to be taken away, still applicable in today’s world where a plethora of sensors and endless streams of intelligence appear to reduce the potential for surprise, but maybe those advances only lull us into a false sense of security.

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He interviewed just about every important surviving participant, including Admiral Husband Kimmel, the Commander in Chief of the Pacific Fleet, and Minoru Genda, the Japanese airman who planned the attacks. Mar 09, Stephen P rated it really liked it Shelves: The account ws so detailed that it can become laborious. Organization of American Historians members Sign in via society site.