World History Series - The Bombing of Pearl Harbor

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9781560066521: World History Series - The Bombing of Pearl Harbor

This detailed, objective account begins with the opening of Japan to Western trade, examines the causes of Japan's expansionism, recounts the genesis, planning, and execution of its infamous attack on the U.S. naval base at Pearl Harbor, and ends with America's declaration of war against Japan.

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"Fledgling historians should find this title a good, well-documented read."
-- School Library Journal (September 2001) (School Library Journal 20010901)

"Kids looking for background into contemporary Middle East conflicts will do welll to start here."
-- Booklist (May 2003) (Booklist 20030501)

"There is a good deal of information packed into the brief text and both report writers and the general readers will be well served."
-- School Library Journal (September 2002) (School Library Journal 20020901)

"Well designed for research and reports, this account includes primary and secondary source quotations, all fully footnoted. Most of these quotes are in separate boxes with source information included so readers do not need to flip back and forth. This informative, approachable text will be useful in most collections."
-- School Library Journal (August 2002) (School Library Journal 20020801)

"Captioned black-and-white photographs and reproductions complement the text. This is an excellent title."
-- School Library Journal (May 2002) (School Library Journal 20020501)

"The writing is clear and easy for beginners on the subject. Useful for reports."
-- School Library Journal (April 2002) (School Library Journal 20020401)

"Vivid descriptions, quotes from the participants, and newspaper accounts written by war correspondents bring readers to the battlefront in this well-documented title."
-- School Library Journal (January 2002) (School Library Journal 20020101)

"These titles offer a great deal of useful and readable information. The information is presented clearly and is suitable for reports and for leisure reading."
-- School Library Journal (January 2002) (School Library Journal 20020101)

"The strengths of the book include its parenthetical definitions, maps, footnotes, substantial extracts from primary sources, the annotated bibliography, and a time line."
-- School Library Journal (March 2001) (School Library Journal 20010301)

"This series addition lives up to the high standards achieved by its predecessors. The book is enriched by numerous, well-chosen quotations from primary and secondary sources, and by a wealth of interesting black-and-white photos and reproductions. A fine source for beginning research."
-- School Library Journal (March 2001) (School Library Journal 20010301)

From School Library Journal:

Gr 6-9-An excellent introduction outlines the history of Japanese-American relations from the time of Commodore Matthew Perry in 1853 to December of 1941. A time line helps define the political and military maneuverings on the part of each country during the year leading up to the attack on Pearl Harbor. The two-column text is liberally illustrated with vintage photos. Numerous sidebars contain extensive information from primary and secondary sources. Rice's well-balanced text explains in detail the gamble on the part of the Japanese and the unpreparedness of the United States. This book provides a fine complement to Theodore Taylor's Air-Raid-Pearl Harbor! (Harcourt, 1991), which has more detailed maps and a listing of key figures. The only problem with this new title is that it does not explain why Vichy France gave Japan permission to invade northern Indochina in 1940. Also, no explanation is give as to why the time difference between Washington, DC, and Hawaii varied by 5 hours and 30 minutes rather than the standard one-hour segments. Despite these minor shortcomings, this title is a solid purchase.-Eldon Younce, Harper Elementary School, KS

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