"PEARL HARBOR: THE VERDICT OF HISTORY is the sequel to Prange's earlier book AT DAWN WE SLEPT. PEARL HARBOR sorts out the responsibility for the Pearl Harbor attack. It deals not with action, but with reaction. It is the definitive analysis of the acts, failures to act, and the mental attitudes that made the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor possible.
"A more important clue to explaining the Pearl Harbor disaster than even the most intriguing revelations about code breaking or espionage." (Washington Post Book Review)
"Logically organized and clearly presented...a useful introduction and guide to the major arguments and areas of controversy." (The New York Times)--
From the back cover: ""A probing analysis of the root causes of Pearl Harbor, American's most catastrophic military defeat.
The monumental bestseller AT DAWN WE SLEPT was a landmark recreation of the apocalyptic events of December 7, 1941. This provacative sequel delves farther, to examine the underlying causes of Pearl Harbor and the revisionist theories that Roosevelt and other high officials knew of the attack.
With the same imposing scholarship and narrative drive that distingushed its predecessor, PEARL HARBOR: THE VERDICT OF HISTORY uncovers the secret roles played by the president, his cabinet secretaries, admirals, and generals in the weeks before the attack. based on more than forty years of research (including studies of documents that were only recently declassified), extensive interviews, and an insider's knowledge of the military, this book poses an explosive and highly convincing new theory of America's entry into the Pacific War. Like the very best works of history, it not only expands but dramatically deepens our understanding of events that were once the province of myth and rumor."