The Attack on Pearl Harbor

The Attack on Pearl Harbor

by Laurie Collier Hillstrom


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The events of December 7, 1941—the day the Japanese navy launched a surprise attack on the Pearl Harbor military base, prompting the United States to declare war on Japan and to enter World War II—are provided in this account. The strike, the events that led up to it, and its consequences up to the present day are explored in detail. Collier Hillstrom’s extensive research is presented in three distinct sections: narrative overview; biographies, which includes background on principal figures from both the Japanese and American sides; and primary sources. Additionally, the volume includes a glossary of important people, places, and terms, as well as a chronology of events, a subject index, and an annotated list of sources for further study.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780780812307
Publisher: KWS Publishers
Publication date: 05/15/2011
Series: Defining Moments Series
Pages: 218
Product dimensions: 7.20(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range: 13 - 17 Years

About the Author

Laurie Collier Hillstrom is a freelance writer and editor. She is the author of more than 20 books in the fields of history and biography, including People in the News: Al Gore and Television in American Society.

Table of Contents


Narrative Overview
    Chapter One: Events Leading Up to World War II
    Chapter Two: America Stays on the Sidelines
    Chapter Three: The Attack on Pearl Harbor
    Chapter Four: Heroism and Heartbreak
    Chapter Five: The “Sleeping Giant” Wakes Up
    Chapter Six: Victory in the Pacific
    Chapter Seven: Legacy of Pearl Harbor
    Mitsuo Fuchida
    Husband E. Kimmel
    Douglas MacArthur
    Doris Miller
    Chester W. Nimitz
    Franklin D. Roosevelt 
    Walter C. Short
    Isoroku Yamamoto
Primary Sources
    The Neutrality Act of 1937
    The Tripartite Pact of 1940
    The Japanese Attack Plan
    President Franklin D. Roosevelt Appeals for Peace
    Japanese Pilot Mitsuo Fuchida Leads the Attack
    A U.S. Navy Crewman Remembers Chaos and Causalities
    A High School Student Describes How the Attack Changed Her Life
    Roosevelt Requests a Declaration of War with Japan
    The U.S. Congress Declares War
    Roosevelt Calls the American People to Action
    Japan Surrenders
    President Harry S. Truman Announces the End of the War

Bibliography Photo and Illustration Credits Index

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