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Days of Infamy

By: Newt Gingrich,William R. Forstchen
Narrated by: William Dufris
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Gingrich and Forstchen's now critically-acclaimed approach, which they term "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.

©2008 Newt Gingrich and William R. Forstchen (P)2008 Macmillan Audio

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  • Ken
  • 14-10-09

Wonderful

After Pearl Harbor, an audio book I loved, I couldn't wait for the sequel. I loved it. Bring on the next one. I do feel that the fortunes of war seem to be favoring the Japanese, however. Why are only our bombs and torpedos duds?

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  • Paul
  • 09-08-09

You're already going to buy it.

Now that the attacks have happened authors explore the results of the change in reality from book 1. So there is less "fact" to learn from here, but the whole is really worth the effort, what could have been is frightening and I really hope this era is explored futher. I haven't gotten any of their civil war books, but want to.

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  • Marcia Y.
  • 29-05-08

What a great series!

Can't wait for the next book. Scary how one decision could have changed the strategy for the attack on Pearl Harbor and made it much worse. Can't wait to see how this series will end. Hopefully with us winning, or will our side make the wrong decision at a crucial time.

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  • Corey
  • 14-10-09

Utter Joy

I enjoyed these novels by Gingrich and Forstchen almost as much as the civil war series by the two. Although I will say I did enjoy the civil war series about 10% more than the wwII series. But that being said This series is excellent and well done and well read.

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  • Bike dude
  • 20-09-08

Great Book

A chilling and emotional trip to Pearl Harbor attack.

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  • Luis
  • 23-08-08

Great followup

Again well written belevable what if. Some Characters were left with unfinished stories...but maybe for the next book...hopefully they write about the follow up battles in the pasific.

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  • James
  • 17-06-08

A Good Sequal

I enjoyed this book as much as any others that these two historians have written.
Well done.

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  • Jesse
  • 23-05-08

PROVOCATIVE PROJECTION

My historic understandings were challanged. The substitution of principals projecting the new directions presented was facinating. The character and demeaner of the principals along with the reactions of the people surounding the various senarios in keeping with reality. What a beauty. Gret narration. Loved it.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 16-10-21

Great read

I have listened to 8 of the Gingrich/Forstchen books. All have been “page turners”. All have taught me some history. All have celebrated heroes on both sides, which I like. I’ll keep looking for and listening to all these books.

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  • Robb Simer
  • 04-07-21

Recommend thought

A very good, excellent and exciting read. Bad for reading in bed to go to sleep because that will definitely not happen. The authors succeeded in their desire to make the reader think about the subject in a new and different way. Their depiction of the chaos of war is a thought stimulator without parallel. The narrator is very good and contributes greatly to the enjoyment of the book.