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But Not in Shame: The Six Months After Pearl Harbor

4.25  ·  Rating details ·  75 Ratings  ·  12 Reviews
Currently being serialized prior to publication in Look magazine, John Toland's But Not in Shame is a compelling, candid appraisal of one of America's most controversial periods, the 1st 6 months of warfare after the Pearl Harbor attack. Big & sweeping, hotly recalling & recording many sensationalized episodes, often igniting all the powderkeg suspense of a thrille ...more
Hardcover, book club, 479 pages
Published 1961 by Random House (NYC)
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Erik Graff
Apr 26, 2010 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: WWII/Pacific fans
Recommended to Erik by: no one
Shelves: history
I read this and many other books about WWII primarily because of my father and mother. Dad had served as an army cryptanalyst attached to the navy in both theatres, having been drafted out of Northwestern University. He'd been in Oran after the invasion of North Africa, off the coast of Sicily during its invasion, on the command ship during the battle of Leyte Gulf and was staging for the invasion of Japan when the war ended. Although awarded a sharpshooting medal, he never fired a gun at anyone ...more
The late John Toland has to have been the best writer on World War II subjects. His prose is easier to read than anyone's. He knows just the kind of incident and detail to include that pulls a reader along. His books all read like rattling good novels, not like dry recitations of dates and places and arms positions and so on. I hope someday to read all of this books. This particular one starts with Pearl Harbor and details the disastrous series of defeats endured by the American and British forc ...more
Bill V
Sep 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
While not perfect, this is a great book, even if it is limited to the first six months of the war. I learned more about the Philippines campaign, which is a section of this book, than I knew from books devoted to the campaign.
There aren't that many maps, there are a few minor factual errors and some facts are omitted (presumably for the sake of brevity) but the book belongs in any history buff's library.
Mar 02, 2013 rated it really liked it
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Picked up an original 1961 version at a used book story, excellent Buy on an Excellent story. Many first hand interviews are cited relative to the events of the first 6 months of WWII with focus on the Philippine battles over Clark and at Bataan and Corregidor with the infamous Death March. Alos covered are the early naval engagements of Java Sea, Coral Sea and Midway. An excellent overview and orientation to those early dark days of WWII, based on first hand accounts and experiences.
Robert Snow
May 14, 2013 rated it it was amazing
How America slowly turned defeat at Pearl Harbor to victory in six months. It's all here from its fleet at the bottom of Pearl Harbor, its Army holding out against all odds on Bataan, then the Death March, a daring raid on Tokyo and two great naval battles that would check Imperial Japan advance in the Pacific. This book really shows how unprepared America was from war in the Pacific. A very good read of the first six months of the war with Japan.
Chris Langer
Jan 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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Just finished up "But Not In Shame" by John Toland. What a fantastic, fantastic book covering the 6 months following Japan's attack on Pearl Harbor. From the fall of the Philippines to the pivotal Battle of Midway, Toland was excellent in his narrative detail. Easily one of my favorite books. I cannot recommend it enough to anyone interested in the Pacific Theater of WWII.
Sep 23, 2015 rated it liked it
Call it 3.5 stars. Good, very anectdotal account of the Pacific war during the first six months after Pearl Harbor (Duh! Maybe I thought I should mention that in case you couldn't understand the subtitle). Goes up to the Battle of Midway. Uses many personal interviews.
Read as a juvenile, fascinated me for some reason how the Japanese defeated the european colonial powers at the outset of WWII. The ease of it foreshadowed how quickly their colonial hold in these various places would fall.
Ruth Bingham
Sep 27, 2013 rated it really liked it
Tells the WW2 story of the bombing of Pearl Harbour & battles of the Pacific from both sides. Covers the fall of Singapore, Hong Kong, Phillippines, Java, finishes with the battle of Midway which the America won
Jan 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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First good history focused on the first six months of the pacific war.
Jul 19, 2013 rated it really liked it
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John Willard Toland (June 29, 1912 in La Crosse, Wisconsin - January 4, 2004 in Danbury, Connecticut) was an American author and historian. He is best known for his biography of Adolf Hitler.[1]

Toland tried to write history as a straightforward narrative, with minimal analysis or judgment. This method may have stemmed from his original goal of becoming a playwright. In the summers between his coll
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