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Pearl Harbor

A Novel of December 8th

Newt Gingrich and William R. Forstchen; read by William Dufris

Macmillan Audio

"A Thrilling Tale of the Attack That Marked America’s Darkest Day"
---W.E.B. Griffin
 
President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s speech on December 8, 1941, lasted a mere six and half minutes. But his words and tone—in a monologue that would later be named the Infamy Speech—sent ripples into a nation and a world that continue even today. The historical implications that emerged from the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor were unprecedented, launching America not only into the depths of a dangerous war, but forever altering the safety and comfort of everyday living. December 8th became a day of speaking out publicly and declaring war; of action, battle, plotting, and victories. This date’s significance is resonant and profound as an indelible moment in American history.
 
Fresh from their series on the American Civil War, bestselling authors Newt Gingrich and William R. Forstchen now launch a new epic adventure by applying their imaginations and knowledge to the “Date of Infamy”—the attack on Pearl Harbor.
 
Pearl Harbor covers the full spectrum of characters and events from that historic moment, from national leaders and admirals to the views of ordinary citizens caught in the chaos of war. From the chambers of the Emperor of Japan to the American White House, from the decks of aircraft carriers to the playing fields of the Japanese Naval Academy, this powerful story stretches from the nightmare slaughter of China in the 1930s to the lonely office of Commander James Watson, an American cryptographer, who suspects the impending catastrophic attack. It is a story of intrigue, double-dealing, the horrific brutality of war, and the desperate efforts of men of reason on both sides to prevent a titanic struggle that becomes inevitable.
 
Gingrich and Forstchen’s now critically acclaimed approach, which they term “active history,” examines how a change in but one decision might have profoundly altered American history. In Pearl Harbor, they pose the question of how the presence of but one more man within the Japanese attacking force could have transfigured the war. More than a retelling, the book also serves as a potent warning, valid still today as an example of what happens when communications and understanding breaks down, and a nation is ill-prepared for the onslaught that might ensue. 
 
A compelling, meticulously researched saga, Pearl Harbor  is also a novel of valor about those who took part in this cataclysmic moment in world history. It inaugurates a dramatic new Pacific War series that begins with the terrifying account of the day that started it all. 
 
 

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    Listen to this audiobook excerpt from the novel Pearl Harbor by bestselling authors Newt Gingrich and William R. Forstchen. This powerful saga covers the heroic highs and horrifying lows of America's darkest day—from the White House to the Wheeler Army Air Field, from top-brass military officers, national leaders, and admirals to the ordinary citizens caught in the chaos of war.

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Praise for the writing of Gingrich and Forstchen:
"With each book in their ongoing alternate history cycle, Gingrich and Forstchen have gone from strength to strength as storytellers. Unabashedly, this is a work of popular historical fiction; it aspires to entertain, first and foremost, but it has passages of genuine depth and poetry."--William Trotter, The Charlotte Observer

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  • Newt Gingrich and William R. Forstchen; read by William Dufris

  • Newt Gingrich, former Speaker of the House, is the founder of the Center for Health Transformation. He resides in Virginia with his wife, Callista.
     
    Dr. William R.Forstchen is a professor of history at Montreat College and is the author of more than forty books.
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    Pearl Harbor

    A Novel of December 8th

    Newt Gingrich and William R. Forstchen; read by William Dufris

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