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Air Raid--Pearl Harbor!: The Story of December 7, 1941

3.51  ·  Rating details ·  166 Ratings  ·  39 Reviews
On December 7, 1941, Americans were stunned to learn that Japanese forces had launched an attack on Pearl Harbor. In this engrossing and extensively researched account, Theodore Taylor examines both sides of the battle, taking a close look at the events leading up to it and providing compelling insight into the motives and operations of the brave men and women swept up in ...more
Paperback, 208 pages
Published May 1st 2001 by HMH Books for Young Readers (first published 1971)
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Jul 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
This was an interesting account of the bombing of Pearl Harbor and I learned a lot.
Liam Franco
Oct 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Air Raid Pearl Harbor by Theodore Taylor is an amazing non-fiction book with a lot of details and action. This book is about the attacks on Pearl Harbor and how the Japanese bombed different naval bases. What made this book special is that you can visualize the terror and violence that the people on the ships went through. I think that this book is effective in showing how hard and how long U.S military personal fought for us. The book gives a minute-to-minute account of the attack on Pearl Harb ...more
May 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
This book is a super-easy read, but it also provides a lot of details concerning principal players of the attack on Pearl Harbor. A person could very easily read this in one day.
Mar 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Air Raid, by Theodore Taylor was a very good read. I learned a lot from this book. It was a quick read and there was always something going on. If you are interested in WWII then this is a great boom for you.
Keetae Byunn
Sep 18, 2012 rated it it was amazing
"Air Raid" by Theodore Taylor is about a boy living in the time period of Pearl Harbor and World War II. The story is a bout a boy living in Hawaii during WWII, a couple of months before the attack in Pearl Harbor. This book is the story of his experience before and after Pearl Harbor. This story is also about his community and what they had to go through because there were Japanese people in Hawaii and during that time Japan was at war with America. This event impacted Japanese Americans a lot ...more
Anthony Stull
May 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This book is about the air raid on Pearl Harbor. The planning began when a Japanese ship which had arrived in Honolulu harbor at 8:30 a.m. A Japanesee man named named Takeo Yoshikawa was sort of like a secret spy in the Imperial army. He spoke good English. He usually flew over Pearl Harbor sightseeing and collecting information as a tourist then relaying it to japan. Once he used a small camera and took pictures of the harbor’s naval base. When Takeo first flew iover, Americans were curious but ...more
Aaron Helander
Nov 03, 2011 rated it really liked it
"Yesterday, December 7, a date which will live in infamy." In case you do not know this is a quote said be President Roosevelt after the attack on Pearl Harbor. "Air Raid - Pearl Harbor" does a great job on describing and explaining this attack that plunged the U.S. into World War Two. It Describes the events leading up to the bombing and evaluates the decisons made by the key figures. It also explains some untold stories about it. The book does a very good job of depicting this famous day. If ...more
Saumyaa K
Oct 16, 2012 rated it liked it
208 pages
Air Raid! Pearl Harbor
by Theodore Taylor

This book gives an account about the pearl harbor and the attack from the viewpoint of both and all the mistakes thy made. Also it has all the events that led to the attack. This book has political viewpoints and military viewpoints of the people. Its really cool. It includes the stories of people who gave their lives. Alo, it says what happens after the attack and how the world reacted to it.

This book was really good because I got to see the att
Dec 12, 2012 rated it liked it
Air Raid: Pearl Harbor

208 pages
Air raid pearl harbor is about the events of pearl harbor and the view point from both sides of the argument. This book also talked about the secreat machienes the American milatary used to intercept japanise messeges and communications. On thing that I learned from this book is that after the warfare there were still men standing and some ships ready to retaliate against the japs and that on that day some of the generals and even the president knew that
Suraj Rama
Mar 02, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: 10th-grade-books
The genre of this book is Non-Fiction. I gave this book a 3 out of 5 star rating. History is not my favorite subject in schools. But there was an event in history that really grasped my attention. The bombing of Pearl Harbor. This event was huge. Not only did it get everyone's attention, it also brought America into World War II. In this book, it told so much specific detail about this particular event. For example, in the beginning of the book, Theodore Taylor talked about all the different typ ...more
Apr 20, 2009 rated it liked it
This book was similar to the other book I read, "Hiroshima" by John Hersey. Both books take place during World War Two. This book was at the beginning stage of WWII, and the other book took place at the ending phase of WWII. This story starts off similar to the way "Hiroshima" did- It was close to the day infamy, the American operations of the navy was being explained by the author. In a way, I guess this book is non-fiction because the author talks about the actual things the american fleet did ...more
Oct 12, 2007 rated it it was ok
I think this book was kinda borring. Though this book is non fiction i didn't like it. It wasn't like the other peral harbor book i read. This book was like the worst book that was boring. This doesn't have any talking between character and this is like all facts. There is nothing like people were running like this book should add a little more action like how people were in their planes and that the people were thinking this is the chance to bomb those Dam Americans(well i don't really want tha ...more
Jan 24, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 11th-grade
I found this book in our advisory shelf and as soon as i began reading it i was hooked. Based on the title,you already know what it's about.This book is somewhat a historical document of the events that took place leading to the U.S' involvment in WWII. Reading this book, you get every detail of the event of Pearl Harbor, as if you were really there, well based on the way it is written.I found this book to be fasinating, because it is my favorite genre and i really recommend this book to people ...more
May 26, 2008 rated it it was ok
This book was about the attack on Pearl Harbor December 7,1941. I think that the writing in this book was very descriptive. I think that the author explained so much that he made it boring to read. Even though I think it got boring I think the author did a good job getting information. This book helped me learn about what happened that day. I think that this was not a very good book but it can help you learn about Pearl Harbor. I think that all people who like war and want to learn about Pearl ...more
Travis E
Sep 21, 2009 rated it it was amazing
I gave the book a 5 star rating, because I love books on navy and the world wars that have happened. It just caught my attention and I was very interested on how this book put the bombing of Pearl Harbor. The parts I DID NOT like was when the author kept going on about how restless the "Japs" were when they had to keep post-poning the attack. Pearl Harbor kept me on the edge of my seat! I felt happy that the japenese took some heavy casulties, but come on! Suicide Bombers! Even the dumbest ameri ...more
Sep 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I personally like Air Raid Pearl Harbor, because of its dramatic and action-packed details and description it had in each chapter. Especially, when the USS Arizona eventually blows up and I like how they described this momentum.Basically this book, shows details and juicy descriptive words that will make you feel like you were there in 1941.I truly recommend this for other historians in training like me. This is why I gave it a 5 star review.
Levi K
Dec 01, 2010 rated it it was amazing
I thought this book was awesome it really shows you what war was really like. I learned a lot its about the attach and what led up to this devastating war that killed so many men and that hurt so many men. It is a great book.It really shows you what war was like. Let me warn you though the book is very seriouse and it is really sad too. I loved this book and i think you will too. There is lots of history in this book. If you want to learn more about war this is the book for you.
Jan 03, 2008 rated it did not like it
I absolutely cannot stand nonfiction books. Although i read a few pages of this book, i wanted to finish it because it gets added as my 1 out of 25 books i have to read this year. Overall i am not a fan of non fiction books but it was pretty interesting to learn about what happened at Pearl harbor. I can also relate it because I saw the movie but reading it is much more difficult. It's so hard to comprehend dialogs of non-fiction scenes.
Sic Transit Gloria
Aug 09, 2015 rated it really liked it
As described by the title, this book describes the Pearl Harbor raid. Before and after, Japanese and American, it gets a very good general picture without overly drowning the reader in facts.

This book in one word: concise. I can finish it in an hour. Thankfully, it still manages to get some good details and facts in despite its brevity.
Justin Siegel
Feb 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I finished Air Raid and I really liked the book I felt like it was. Rey detailed and was well written. I enjoyed this book because it told us both sides of the story. Before I read this book I didnt know why the Japenenese attacked or hot they fought because I was always taught about the Americans. Overall I loved the book.
Sep 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I always knew what happened at Pearl Harbor, but I never knew the details of what happened. This book went in depth looking at both point of views, the Amercians and the Japanese. This book was a short book and it went by fast while I was reading it. I would definitely reccomend this book to people who are intrigued by WWII.
Franklyn Kornn
Great for text set or research. This book is well written and contains a lot of information. This would be good to use for literature circles or summarizing. I really liked this book, I am really interested in historical things and this book really peaked my interest.
Dave Wetzler
Feb 21, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: history
It's always depressing to read about the mistakes the U.S. made leading up to Pearl Harbor. Many deaths could have been prevented .... But it was a good read and pointed fingers where they should be pointed rather than where the "official record" wanted to lay blame.
Aug 11, 2007 rated it did not like it
More like HATED IT! But it's a nonfiction book, about war, so of course it's boring. But just before any one reads this, to let, you know, THERE IS LIKE NO DIALOUGE!!!(I only read this book because I was assigned to in class, like everyone in my class, who also thought it was boring.)
Jan 25, 2010 added it
Shelves: 11th-grade
This book was interesting, however I don't believe that it is the most interesting of all the other books about Pearl Harbor that I've read in the past. The details are quite interesting, describing the battle and everything, but personally, I felt more drawn into the..action(?)
Alexander Schneck
Dec 15, 2011 rated it really liked it
This book was enjoyable to read. The action parts were intense. Parts in the beggining were confusing but it made up with a suspenseful interesting and descriptive ending.
Jan 23, 2009 rated it really liked it
Its a good book.
Jan 23, 2009 rated it it was amazing
I learned that the book tells you a lot about Pearl Harbor.
Austin Unseld
This book gives lots of details. I like how the story was told from both sides of the event. Quite an interesting topic.
Jan 19, 2012 rated it liked it
This book is about the Japanese attack pearl harbor. Theador taylor examines both sides of the battle and taking a close look at the event.
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