Pearl Harbor Revisited

Date published: 
January 1994

The attack on Pearl Harbor was arguably the single most important event of our century. In one stroke, the Japanese offensive brought together the war in Europe between Britain and Russia on the one hand and Germany on the other with the ongoing conflict between Japan and China, turning it into the global struggle between two great coalitions we know as the Second World War. By bringing America into the war, Japan assured not only the destruction of her Asian empire, but also the end of American isolationism, the survival of Soviet communism, and the ultimate bankruptcy of the great European colonial systems. In Pearl Harbor Revisited, eleven distinguished writers consider the action as an international event, providing remarkably lucid and impressive interpretations of the attack's causes and consequences.