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Days of Infamy

(Pearl Harbor #2)

4.05  ·  Rating details ·  766 ratings  ·  58 reviews
"Absolutely brilliant! Fast paced and filled with tension and suspense. Every page resonates with the momentous events and great personalities of World War II – and scenes so carefully crafted you feel like you're there. This is a ‘must read' for all who look at history and wonder: "What if…" -- Oliver North, Lt. Col., USMC (Ret.), host of War Stories on the Fox News Chann ...more
Paperback, 369 pages
Published August 4th 2009 by St. Martin's Griffin (first published April 29th 2008)
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K.D. Absolutely
Dec 18, 2010 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: history, war
Newt Gingrich (born 1943) is an American politician, former speaker of the US House of Representatives and 1995 TIME Magazine Person of the Year. According to Wiki, he is also planning to run under the Republican wing in the 2012 US Presidential elections. How is that for an author of a fictional war book, huh? It is understandable if the book is an inspiring autobiography like The Audacity of Hope by the then Democrat Presidential Candidate Obama but… a historical fiction?

Those who are familiar
Carol Storm
Jun 30, 2019 rated it liked it
Plenty of naval action and some explosive battle scenes, but very few memorable characters and little sense of time and place. Herman Wouk did this sort of thing a lot better!
Christian D.  Orr
May 26, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Oh Cecil Stanford, where are thou?

A highly enjoyable sequel to “Pearl Harbor,” with nary a dull moment or uninteresting character, but with one glaring omission: whatever the hell happened to Royal Navy Captain Cecil Stanford, who had been a co-protagonist along with USN Commander James Watson in Book I, but we learn nothing of Cecil’s fate in this one!

That aside, still a worthwhile read, another first-rate effort by Messrs. Forstchen and Gingrich.

Ben Martin
Apr 10, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Days of Infamy is the second book in the Pacific War series. It begins where Pearl Harbor, the first book, left off. The man in charge of the Japanese fleet who has just attacked Pearl Harbor is named Yamamoto. The Japanese failed to get their formal declaration of war to the U.S. before the attacks. Which allowed the U.S. to deem them as ‘sneak attacks’. Yamamoto decides to attack again with the hope of provoking a counter-attack by the U.S., because he knows they have three carriers in the Pa ...more
Oct 19, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a series ... in a strange genre: what WOULD HAVE happened. Not history, though it's based in deep historical fact. The guy did his research and wrote his story based on who the people were and what was going on at the time. What WOULD have happened if the Japanese would have done the third wave of attack on Pearl Harbor??? Fun to think about... I enjoyed his writing style, too, and his characters stuck with you.


"He felt as if there were two of him sitting there. There was him, th
Feb 04, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the sequel to "Pearl Harbor" by the same authors. Again, this is a "what if" novel, like their Gettysburg trilogy. Here, Admiral Yamamoto sails with the Japanese Fleet rather than staying behind. For the majority of the firt book, actual facts are kept intact. But, it changes to a true novel when Yamamoto orders the 3rd wave of aircraft to continue the attack on Pearl Harbor.

This book is entirely fiction. Here, Yamamoto goes after the American carriers that were not at Pearl Harbor when
Gregory Mcdonald
A fun and exciting read. This is Newt and William's sequel to the also very enjoyable Pearl Harbor. That book was mostly setup,dealing with American,British,and especially Japanese culture,attitudes,stratigies,and aims in the run up to the Pearl Harbor attack of Dec 7 1941. This book is about the naval and air battles that took place after the attacks in this altered timeline. The action is intense and very believable,and since we are dealing with events that differ from what happened in our his ...more
Paul Lunger
May 30, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In "Days of Infamy", Newt Gingrich & William R. Fortschen tell of an alternate version of the events that unfolded at Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941. In this alternate history, the Japanese do in fact launch the 3rd wave against the island of Oahu with devastating losses for the Americans. The book itself is almost a play-by-play of events in Hawaii & Washington with people on board the fleet, on the ground & at the White House as things unfold & information slowly makes it's way e ...more
Mar 17, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An excellent follow up to his first book on the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. Well written and thorough thought of what if book... Sadly this history is fading from the American's attention span. I highly recommend all of Mr. Gingrich's writings.
Steven Raszewski
Jan 03, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good but I like Turtledove's and Conroy's of same title a little better.
This was actually one of the better WWII/alt-history novels I've ever read. Gingrich's grasp of the leaders of the early Pacific battles, as well as the ships and crafts themselves was spot on. Add to that, the pace of action throughout the book rarely let up. Honestly, the story was so well crafted that I almost wish this was the way it had really happened, if it weren't for all the American deaths. It wasn't unrealistic, in that this very well could have been the true history of the opening da ...more
Mark Moxley-Knapp
A solid alternative history, well-researched, only a few technical errors. Interesting characters, good battle scenes. A bit officer- and politician-heavy; the enlisted men are pretty much anonymous. Considering the depth of detail in the battle scenes, it would have been nice to have their perspectives. But a good read, not too schlocky. I was leery of how Gingrich would write, and maybe I should credit his coauthor, but as a whole, much better than I expected. I'm going to read some Bill Mauld ...more
May 05, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
After reading Nimitz, I Was There, and Churchills Pearl Harbor account this alternate history was consistent with the many possibilities and command decisions to be made. Thoroughly researched and well written, the account was completely believable and compelling. The choices made by both sides led to an inevitability of total war on a global scale. Highly recommended.
Mike Epprecht
Dec 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

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Oct 13, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great story and great writing.I highly recommend this book for readers who like war stories and a whole lot of action..
Alan Chen
Feb 16, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fun, owned
It's actually the second in the series, detailing the aftermath of the attack and the chess match of admirals as the US tries to launch counterstrikes and the Japanese try to finish off the US Pacific Fleet. Though I didn't read the first book, I found this worked well as a stand-alone book, a in media res telling setup well by the first few chapters, which provide a cursory overview of the previous book's events and indicate the new direction this universe has taken.

The action is exciting. The
Nicholas Mosley
Mar 07, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
December 7, 1941 will be a day that will live in infamy. That was the day the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor, launching the United States into World War 2 and forever changing the world. When the Japanese launched the sneak attack, the got in return something never expected. This book starts at the beginning of the attack through civilians located on the island and follows with American soldiers and high ranking officers. Days of Infamy tells a gripping story as the U.S was launched into war tha ...more
Jan 15, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I would recommend this book to the audience interested in WWII. As with Forstchen and Gingrich's alternative history Gettysburg series, this one also considers what might have happened if one decision had changed. In this case what if the surprise attack on Pearl Harbor had included a third wave that took out the dry docks and oil storage?

As expected the authors know their time period. Having read hundreds of books about WWII, the story reads accurately. Someone already familiar with history alr
Oct 03, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a great story that places you into the fictitious 3rd attack on Pearl Harbor by the Japanese. Lots of action and suspense as the American carriers and aircraft remaining after the attack hunt for the remaining Japanese carriers in the Pacific. Some say that Japan had actually thought about continuing the attacks and even invading the cities in Hawaii. This book makes me thankful that on Dec 7 1941 the Japanese left after 2 attacks.

I look a Newt on Fox News and read his other opinions and
Jul 03, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Jan 01, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is a continuation of a series of books on World War Two in the Pacific that began with a book called Pearl Harbor. The series is an alternate history of "what might have happened" if a few things had changed. For instance what if the Japanese had launched a third wave, what if Yamamota had commanded the task force in person, etc. ?

The book takes place on the day after Pearl Harbor and follows the events that are triggered by the changes in history. I won't give away the plot by telling
May 21, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: history-flavored
Book 2 of the trilogy- a contrafactual- What if the Japanese had hit Pearl Harbor with 3 raids instead of two- and finished the job. How would the war have played out? Raises questions we normally don't consider- would the US have preferred an alliance with anti communist Japan- over Russia? Some parallels with the current military and political situation in Iraq- woven just under the surface

This one is a naval action page turner- the emergence of a different kind of Naval and air power war- A G
Jun 20, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really liked the story, how if things had been done differently what might have happened. It was punchy fast read, I started it yesterday and am done with it today. It looks like it might be part of a series though, I will have to check, because the story picks up immediately after the recovery of the Japanese planes from their "third attack wave" on Pearl Harbor. The author also hints that more books will be written following this one
Jul 22, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I ordered this book online on title alone and missed that it was fiction. I was already talking about it to a colleague when I realized that battleships didn't shell Hawaii. It moves well and focuses on a few characters, mostly Americans, to help make the story personal.

This is a book for those who like the historical questions, what if? In this case it is, what if Japan tried to attack Hawaii in a way that was in keeping with their strategic objectives.
Nov 13, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When it comes to completely made up, mostly speculative, probably ghost written, historical fiction, don't look for it to come from frogs or salamanders.

You need a Newt.

I read it's predecessor in one sitting, then waited for this to come out a year later and read it in one shot. The fun part of these is that I usually ended up getting them on memorial day weekend. It made for a great holiday.
Aug 27, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
2nd in the Series of WWII books by Newt. Very much in the style of WEB Griffin. It ends too suddenly, I wanted more. I guess that's a trick to get me to buy their next one, but from the little bit they added, I wonder if the next book is about the American war of independence.

A fun escapest read for someone who enjoys military themed books.
Tony Garcia
Jan 02, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Read this one in 3 days. Surprisingly, I have read 5 of Newt Gingrich's books and have really enjoyed all of them. The alternate history aspect of them are just very entertaining. This one was pretty suspenseful and did make you think about what could have been if things had gone differently during Pearl Harbor.
Jul 24, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I made the mistake of thinking this was a fictionalized interpretation of actual events. Which is what I prefer and need. I'm still learning my history! This is an alternate version and would be great for those who know their facts and like to wonder "what if". The Japanese imagined dialogs definitely made for interesting reading.
Cj Zawacki
Jul 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An entertaining look at the time after the strike at Pearl Harbor. Explores the civilians, the officers struggling to find control, and both carrier force doing battle. While not always historically factual, it does give good insight to the events.
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