Days of Infamy Book Summary and Study Guide

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NAL, Nov 2004, 24.95, 464
ISBN: 0451213076

The Japanese plan to bomb Pearl Harbor when Commander Genda persuades Admiral Yamamoto to also occupy Hawaii. That would enable the Japanese to extend their territorial base and make it easier to bomb the American far west and cut the enemy off from allies like Australia and New Zealand. Yamamoto's superiors approve the daring plan.
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Whites control Hawaii and treat Japanese like third class citizens. When the attack occurs, the Americans are taken by surprise and react in a disorganized manner. The bombardment is followed up with precise military action and the Japanese Army force the Americans to surrender. POWs are treated with contempt and abuse while those Japanese who have lived on Hawaii for years collaborate with the Japanese. The local Americans on bended knees to the invaders look to the forty-eight states to liberate them.

Harriet Klausner

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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book Descript. of chases or violence 10%planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 40%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 40%Descript. of society, phenomena (tech), places 10% Tone of book    -   suspenseful (sophisticated fear) FANTASY or SCIENCE FICTION?    -   alternate history Repressive society story    -   Yes War or Invasion    -   Yes Major kinds of combat:    -   guns Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Who's a slave/repressed?    -   humans are slaves of other humans

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Profession/status:    -   government investigator Age:    -   40's-50's


Earth setting:    -   current (early 21st century) Takes place on Earth?    -   Yes

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   no torture/death How much dialogue?    -   significantly more dialog than descript

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