Days of Infamy - Pearl Harbor, Bk 2 Author:William R. Forstchen, Newt Gingrich In 2007, bestselling authors Newt Gingrich and William R. Forstchen launched a new epic adventure series about World War II in the Pacific, with their book Pearl Harbor: A Novel of December 8th, 1941, which instantly rocketed to the New York Times bestseller list. — Gingrich and Forstchen’s now critically acclaimed approach, which they term... more » “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.« less
Okay, another plug here for some more books I read. I am finishing up the second book in a two book series by Newt Gingrich (yes, that Newt) and William Forstchen. Basically it is an alternate history series about what would have happened had there been a third wave attack on Pearl Harbor? What would have happened had the Japanese destroyed the dry docks that were used to so quickly repair the fleet after the attack. What would have happened to the US had the third attack destroyed most of the rest of the ships, the submarines, and had even caught the aircraft carriers as they were coming back into port. A very believable, and scary, "what if" had it happened. Usually not into alternate histories but this is one that I had both books read in less than a week. Definitely a good read.