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Publisher's Summary

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 explored how history might have been changed if Admiral Yamamoto had directly led the attack on that fateful day, instead of remaining in Japan. Building on that promise, Days of Infamy starts minutes after the close of Pearl Harbor, as both sides react to the monumental events triggered by the presence of Admiral Yamamoto. In direct command of the six carriers of the attacking fleet, Yamamoto decides to launch a fateful "third-wave attack" on the island of Oahu, and then keeps his fleet in the area to hunt down the surviving American aircraft carriers, which by luck and fate were not anchored in the harbor on that day. 

Historians have often speculated about what might have transpired from legendary "matchups" of great generals and admirals. In this story of the aftermath of Pearl Harbor, the notorious gambler Yamamoto is pitted against the equally legendary American admiral Bill Halsey in a battle of wits, nerve, and skill. 

Days of Infamy recounts this alternative history from a multitude of viewpoints - from President Roosevelt, Prime Minister Churchill, and the two great admirals, on down to American pilots flying antiquated aircraft, bravely facing the vastly superior Imperial Japanese Navy aircraft. Gingrich and Forstchen have written a sequel that's as much a homage to the survivors of the real Pearl Harbor attack as it is an imaginative and thrilling take on America's entry into World War II.

©2008 Newt Gingrich and William R. Forstchen (P)2008 Macmillan Audio

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Wonderful

After Pearl Harbor, an audio book I loved, I couldn't wait for the sequel. I loved it. Bring on the next one. I do feel that the fortunes of war seem to be favoring the Japanese, however. Why are only our bombs and torpedos duds?

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You're already going to buy it.

Now that the attacks have happened authors explore the results of the change in reality from book 1. So there is less "fact" to learn from here, but the whole is really worth the effort, what could have been is frightening and I really hope this era is explored futher. I haven't gotten any of their civil war books, but want to.

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What a great series!

Can't wait for the next book. Scary how one decision could have changed the strategy for the attack on Pearl Harbor and made it much worse. Can't wait to see how this series will end. Hopefully with us winning, or will our side make the wrong decision at a crucial time.

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Great Book

A chilling and emotional trip to Pearl Harbor attack.

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Great followup

Again well written belevable what if. Some Characters were left with unfinished stories...but maybe for the next book...hopefully they write about the follow up battles in the pasific.

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A Good Sequal

I enjoyed this book as much as any others that these two historians have written.
Well done.

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PROVOCATIVE PROJECTION

My historic understandings were challanged. The substitution of principals projecting the new directions presented was facinating. The character and demeaner of the principals along with the reactions of the people surounding the various senarios in keeping with reality. What a beauty. Gret narration. Loved it.

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Great what-if book on the Pearl Harbor attack

I really enjoyed Days of Infamy, the characters and actions seemed to be very plausible. I would love to see an update on how the next set of battles are carried - Midway?

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Simply loved this book!

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. The characters were great. The action was incredible. Well done!

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Many skips and missing areas.

Many skips and missing areas. Makes it difficult to understand the story. The whole experience is not as good as it should have been.