Day of Infamy

By Walter Lord
Read by Grover Gardner

6.84 Hours 12/01/1995 unabridged
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Day of Infamy is Walter Lord’s gripping, vivid re-creation of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on Sunday, December 7, 1941. In brilliant detail Walter Lord traces the human drama of the great attack: the spies behind it; the Japanese pilots; the crews on the stricken warships; the men at the airfields and the bases; the Japanese pilot who captured an island single-handedly when he could not get back to his carrier; the generals, the sailors, the housewives, and the children who responded to the attack with anger, numbness, and magnificent courage. In compiling his masterpiece, Lord traveled over fourteen thousand miles and spoke or corresponded with over five hundred individuals on both sides who were there, creating the best account we have of one of the epic events in American history.

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Summary

Summary

A #1 New York Times bestseller

Day of Infamy is Walter Lord’s gripping, vivid re-creation of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on Sunday, December 7, 1941. In brilliant detail Walter Lord traces the human drama of the great attack: the spies behind it; the Japanese pilots; the crews on the stricken warships; the men at the airfields and the bases; the Japanese pilot who captured an island single-handedly when he could not get back to his carrier; the generals, the sailors, the housewives, and the children who responded to the attack with anger, numbness, and magnificent courage.

In compiling his masterpiece, Lord traveled over fourteen thousand miles and spoke or corresponded with over five hundred individuals on both sides who were there, creating the best account we have of one of the epic events in American history.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“A behind-the-scenes story that is utterly fascinating.” Chicago Sunday Tribune
“As engrossing as the story of the sinking of the Titanic and more harrowing.” Atlantic Monthly
“[Grover Gardner] gives an excellent reading of the text. His narration is paced to the rapid sequence of events, uncertainty, confusion, and suspense experienced by those caught in the great battle. The listener who is not a student of the battle will be carried along by both the astonishing acts of courage and the incredible instances of denial that persisted even while the attack was underway! Recommended for all history collections, wherein it can be enjoyed by folks of all ages.” Library Journal
“Reader [Grover Gardner] matches Lord perfectly. He is low-key, deliberate and matter-of-fact, never sensational or sentimental. [Gardner] also handles the difficult Japanese names with considerable skill. This is a fine audiobook for everyone, not just World War II buffs.” AudioFile

Reviews

Reviews

by Carson 12/20/2017
Overall Performance
Narration
Story

Well Researched, Occasionally Wandering and Hectic Narrative

There can be no doubt that this book has a huge amount of research put into it, and it is full of information you may not have heard about before and unique viewpoints of the day, however it also suffers a bit from trying to put in too much detail.

For instance, while a few people have their stories re-visited throughout the day (a narrative technique I really enjoy), the author also names nearly every person in every anecdote no matter how short - an overload of names that slows down the book and also makes it harder to remember who people are when the book returns to one of the continued stories.

The fast pace of the day's events are also sometimes match by quick swapping around locations and view points in the re-telling which can be hard to follow - especially when the author chooses to randomly follow someone's story into the future before coming back to the moment at hand.

Grover Gardner does a competent job narrating, but at the same time not doing anything to help the listener follow the hectic writing. The sample provided gives an accurate representation of the whole.

Also, you will do yourself a great favour to find an era accurate map of Pearl Harbor to follow along the locations of events and ships.

181MB in 14 chapters: 6@~30min, 2@~65min, 6@<20min

Truthfully 3.5 stars, rounded up to 4 - listen closely or you may miss information or get lost as to what's going on, but the information presented is worthy of a listen - though not high on my list to re-listen to. While the author interviewed a few Japanese pilots, their stories are forgotten during the actual attack but prove interesting before and after the raid.

Author

Author Bio: Walter Lord

Walter Lord (1917–2002), American author of numerous nonfiction books, was a graduate of Princeton University and Yale Law School, served in the OSS during World War II, and became an editor and advertising copywriter. He is the author of Day of Infamy, a #1 New York Times bestseller. He also wrote A Night to Remember, about the sinking of the Titanic, and served as consultant in the making of the movie Titanic.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, Digital Rental, CD, MP3 CD
Category: Nonfiction/History
Runtime: 6.84
Audience: Adult
Language: English