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Dden entrance into warHere using eyewitness accounts of the bombing and the sinking the authors narrate the compelling history of the USS Arizona before during and after the attack and describe the Arizona Memorial's legacy today This engrossing book includes sixteen. Good storytelling could use some better editing sometimes authors repeated the same content

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Remember the Arizona was the battle cry of American sailors stationed in the Pacific during World War II The mighty warship which was bombed at Pearl Harbor by the Japanese on December 7 1941 became and remains to this day a symbol and rallying point for America's su. This is a must read book for those interested in WWII history The book starts with a descri Teaching Critical Thinking of American sailors stationed in the Pacific during World War II The mighty warship which was bombed at Pearl Harbor by the Japanese Campus Cravings on December 7 1941 became and remains to this day a symbol and rallying point for America's su. This is a must read book for those interested in WWII history The book starts with a descri

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Pages of photographs and extensive interviews with sailors who survived Imperial Japan's attack The USS Arizona published on December 7 2001 the sixtieth anniversary of the surprise attack is the only full length book on the great ship and its beautiful resting plac. Not the best book out there on the USS Arizona and her demise at Pearl Harbor but accessibl Haunted of photographs and extensive interviews with sailors who survived Imperial Japan's attack The USS Arizona published Flower In The Palace on December 7 2001 the sixtieth anniversary Star-Spider Speaks of the surprise attack is the The Jacobins Daughter only full length book Mermen (The Mermen Trilogy, on the great ship and its beautiful resting plac. Not the best book Jet-Setting Escort, Book 1 out there Bound on the USS Arizona and her demise at Pearl Harbor but accessibl


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  1. says:

    I actually bought my copy of this book after casually glancing at the paperback rack at the local supermarket Non fiction definitely is not typical of the subject matter to be found there what with all of the bodice buster titles and all so I was glad I found this title there It is a well written homage to a famous ship which has become a national shrine and an event which was one of the most cataclysmic in American history None other than the most trusted man in America Walter Cronkite endorsed it as A memorable book about ground zero on the day America entered World War II Those of us not yet born on that date in 1941 only know the significance of that event or of the great loss of life through what has been taught to us but the ground zero analogy is appropriate when describing the shock the whole country felt to the attack on Pearl Harbor which ran just as deep as the feelings which were felt on 9 11 01 The battleship Arizona's remains essentially unmolested since its complete destruction constitute the tangible symbol of the significance of that lossThe black and white graphic book cover of the paperback is visually arresting but it is my one big complaint with the book publisher Photos of the St Martin's Press hardcover edition show an authentic scene from Pearl Harbor under attack For some reason the publisher passed off the design of the soft cover edition to the second team in the art department Maybe they told the summer intern to have fun designing the cover but whatever happened they blew the assignment big time The photo on the cover of the book about the USS Arizona depicts the USS New York a completely different class of battleship What a letdownNone of this reflects on the authors who have produced a fine product They probably weren't consulted for input into the choice of material for the cover of the paperback They can be credited with the very good choice of sixteen pages of photos included in the book starting with the Arizona's 1915 launching at the New York Navy YardThe basic reporting of the ship's history is excellent including the details of its construction it was ordered built in 1913 a year after Arizona was admitted to the Union and its storied inter wars service as an admiral's flagship Of course everything builds up to the ship's role in the Japanese attack on the American naval fleet in Hawaii on December 7 1941 The authors' research and reporting are excellent additions to the body of literature surrounding the subject You will find the complete story here of how the United States naval fleet was attacked initially right before 800 am and how the Arizona took four hits shortly after of 1760 lb bombs which had been converted from armor piercing artillery shells The fourth bomb caused catastrophic damage setting off scores of tons of ammunition in the ship's forward magazines A huge part of the forward interior of the ship was instantly gutted by the explosion killing most of the 1177 crewmen of the approximate 1400 on board at the time who would die on the Arizona that day The authors provide a full listing of the names of all of the casualties and survivorsWhat makes the book compelling reading is the feeling you have of the human cost of the losses suffered on the Arizona The authors went to considerable effort to track down survivors of Pearl Harbor and have produced an oral history of life on the ship prior to the war and during the Pearl Harbor attack Reading their stories gives the reader a good sense of the pride the sailors had in belonging to the ship which formed their common community lasting far beyond the war Starting in the 1980's the wreckage site has been the funeral location of a number of the ship's former crew The book lists the names of twenty two veterans who have exercised the option of having their ashes buried at the site as of the date of the initial publishingThe authors were inspired to locate and interview former Navy and Marine crewmen to try to put their feelings of sailing with the ship and experiencing its death in large part as a result of the emotional ties they felt upon diving on the wreckage of the Arizona Joy Waldron Jasper was a feature writer for magazines and newspapers who began reporting on the activities of the Submerged Cultural Resources Unit SCR of the National Park Service in the early 1980's After experiencing numerous archaeological dives on maritime sites in the United States and Caribbean she accompanied the SCR team in the first official dive to map document and assess the condition at the USS Arizona Memorial in 1983 James P Delgado is a former maritime historian with the National Park Service while Jim Adams was the cultural resources manager at the Arizona whose functions included overseeing burials of the ship's survivors' ashes at the site They also participated in the 1980's dives at the wreck site Adams' father was assigned to a signal tower at Oahu on the morning of the attack From there he personally witnessed the explosion which almost broke the Arizona in twoJasper speaks for the whole group when she says diving on the ship changed their lives forever As she writes it is an eerie feeling to swim along the six hundred feet of hull seeing it in sections at a time due to the silted cloudiness of the water but being able to feel something is wrong about seeing a ship lying under the water that should be viewed floating on the water Touching any part of the wreckage reminds the explorer that they are touching the tomb of over 900 people who have never been recovered These types of personal experiences resulting from direct contact with the ship and with its surviving crew formed the basis for a history which is worthy of its memory


  2. says:

    Disappointing Although interesting it was not that well written or edited Very repetitive


  3. says:

    This is a must read book for those interested in WWII history The book starts with a description of how when the Arizona was built It goes on the describe life on board the Arizona It then described what happened before during and after the attack I had tears in my eyes several times during this bookAppendix B lists the men their home states who died on the Arizona Appendix C lists the survivors I salute all the men who were on the ship both those who died the survivors To find out about the Pearl Harbor Memorial go to


  4. says:

    The best part of this book is the recounts of life on the Arizona prior to during and after the attack on Pearl Harbor However a lot of what the men had to say is repetitive You will have uotes for several guys confirming or stating the same thing I feel as though there may have been a better way to present those thoughts Overall though a great way to celebrate the men and the ship


  5. says:

    Good storytelling could use some better editing sometimes authors repeated the same content some obvious spelling and word issues that were not direct re uoting of survivor issues But informative


  6. says:

    The stories from survivors are fascinating The other chapters are so so kind of boring and repetitive Overall a good book and a uick read


  7. says:

    Tells the story of the sinking of the USS Arizona from the perspective of a number of survivors interviewed by the co authors of the book It also details the history of the ship's construction and it's current state as a Memorial to the men lost on her on December 7 1941 Any student of WWII Naval history will find this an interesting read


  8. says:

    Not the best book out there on the USS Arizona and her demise at Pearl Harbor but accessible to the layman and well enough written Contains several oral histories from Arizona survivors you're nt likely to read elsewhere


  9. says:

    Pearl Harbor was devastating On December 171941 Pearl Harbor got attacked and the USS Arizona sank This book has the story's of many men who survived and is very interesting If you like history read this book


  10. says:

    Good book filled with facts At times it was hard to follow The author jumped back and fourth between the survivors stories


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