The Way It Was - Pearl Harbor: The Original Photographs (America Goes to War) Paperback – 30 Apr 1995
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"Straightforward and graphic." --- THE WASHINGTON POST
"Straightforward and graphic."
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I can only assume the current version is different than the one that was given five stars. I've seen many of these photographs in other places ... and some original prints. Most of them come from beautiful monochromatic prints, not difficult to reproduce or to print in books. And, in this paperback version while the size is nice, it's a waste. You could double the size of the book and it would still be a waste.
There are many examples of a caption identifying something (very large something at that) on the deck of a ship. It isn't so much that you can't identify the object, you can't even make out the ship.
There are many instances of this. If you're inclined to buy this sort of thing, this is one instance in which you'll be far better off looking at a copy in a regular book store to insure you're not disappointed and throwing your money away. I know that I threw mine away.
This book, as did the D-Day issue (see my review if you're interested), presents original photos tied together with a fairly simple narrative that tells the story of the Pearl Harbor attack. You'll get to see photos of all the major players, Kimmel, Short, Yamamoto, et al. Some of the attack photos are pretty amazing. The original Japanese photos are stunning and good for hardware fans. The Japanese ariel photos lend great detail to the story. The superimposed flight patterns are very instructive. As I implied above, after Prange's book and the movie, this book was the crowning glory to my Pearl Harbor reading.
This book will catch you off-guard. At first it looks very simple, which it is, almost for children, but when you dive into it, it gets surprisingly detailed. All the US planes that were involved are present in photographs, even a B-18! The text presents facts and occurances, and no politics. 90% of the ship photos are spectacular.
So, go out and buy this book. You really should have it, then read one of the many books about Pearl Harbor. The photos will make the story live. Well done Mr. Goldstein and Ms Dillon.
That's the sum value of this book.
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