Brothers Down: Pearl Harbor and the Fate of the Many Brothers Aboard the USS Arizona

Author:   Walter R. Borneman
Publisher:   Little, Brown & Company
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9780316438889


Pages:   368
Publication Date:   14 May 2019
Format:   Hardback
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Brothers Down: Pearl Harbor and the Fate of the Many Brothers Aboard the USS Arizona


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The surprise attack at Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941 remains one of the most traumatic events in American history, destroying a naval fleet, killing over a thousand crew members, and launching the United States into World War II. While Pearl Harbor catapulted a nation into battle, it also shattered military families. In the week leading up to and including Pearl Harbor, 79 blood relatives served aboard the USS Arizona. Not only were sons sent to serve on the ship, but fathers and sons together, brothers and brothers. Some families sent as many as three. On that fateful day, 63 brothers were killed. In BROTHERS DOWN, acclaimed historian Walter R. Borneman returns to the critical week of December 7 through the eyes of these families. A deeply heroic story of sacrifice and leadership, Borneman traces the lives of these men, their relationships, and their fateful experience on the USS Arizona. More than just an account of familial bonds, everlasting patriotism, and national heartbreak, BROTHERS DOWN captures the turning point in American military history.

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Author:   Walter R. Borneman
Publisher:   Little, Brown & Company
Imprint:   Little, Brown & Company
Dimensions:   Width: 15.80cm , Height: 3.80cm , Length: 23.80cm
Weight:   0.600kg
ISBN:  

9780316438889


ISBN 10:   031643888
Pages:   368
Publication Date:   14 May 2019
Audience:   General/trade ,  General
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active
Availability:   In stock   Availability explained
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Irresistible.... A necessary read for anyone who attempts to understand the man. --Joseph C. Goulden, Washington Times A no-holds-barred portrait of a controversial figure and a feast for World War II aficionados. --Kirkus Reviews (starred review) Praise for MacArthur at War As he did with his previous WWII narrative, The Admirals, Walter Borneman does full justice to yet another colossus of WWII. It took flawed giants to forge victory and this account of the legendary Douglas MacArthur, warts and all, is superb history and an enormously enjoyable read. You can't ask for more. --Alex Kershaw, New York Times bestselling author of The Bedford Boys and The Longest Winter Borneman's extensive research turns up interesting details about the history of the battleship...The subject matter makes the book sometimes difficult to read-as it was no doubt difficult to write-but Borneman's broad knowledge and sensitive touch make it an entirely worthwhile experience. --Booklist Walter Borneman is one of our finest historians, and in Brothers Down he has given us his most personal and affecting story-and one so immersive I often found myself holding my breath while reading his powerful account of the attack on the Arizona. It's that good. --James Donovan, author of Shoot for the Moon and A Terrible Glory


Many other books have detailed the events leading up to the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. But few of them have done so from the perspective of the sailors and Marines who were victimized that day, and none has used the unique point of view of the thirty-eight sets of brothers who were on board the ill-fated USS Arizona. By focusing on these eighty or so individuals from small towns and big cities, Borneman provides not only a unique frame of reference on the day of infamy, but a rich portrait of America in 1941. --Craig L. Symonds, author of World War II at Sea A fresh account of a well-documented historical event...Borneman's extensive research turns up interesting details...Borneman's broad knowledge and sensitive touch make it an entirely worthwhile experience. --Kirkus This well-organized book is a poignant look at the brothers who were serving aboard the USS Arizona...The moving and unusual angle, excellent research, and the prose's clarity and emotion make this one a winner. --Publishers Weekly Irresistible.... A necessary read for anyone who attempts to understand the man. --Joseph C. Goulden, Washington Times A no-holds-barred portrait of a controversial figure and a feast for World War II aficionados. --Kirkus Reviews (starred review) Praise for MacArthur at War As he did with his previous WWII narrative, The Admirals, Walter Borneman does full justice to yet another colossus of WWII. It took flawed giants to forge victory and this account of the legendary Douglas MacArthur, warts and all, is superb history and an enormously enjoyable read. You can't ask for more. --Alex Kershaw, New York Times bestselling author of The Bedford Boys and The Longest Winter Walter Borneman is one of our finest historians, and in Brothers Down he has given us his most personal and affecting story-and one so immersive I often found myself holding my breath while reading his powerful account of the attack on the Arizona. It's that good. --James Donovan, author of Shoot for the Moon and A Terrible Glory


Irresistible.... A necessary read for anyone who attempts to understand the man. --Joseph C. Goulden, Washington Times Praise for MacArthur at War As he did with his previous WWII narrative, The Admirals, Walter Borneman does full justice to yet another colossus of WWII. It took flawed giants to forge victory and this account of the legendary Douglas MacArthur, warts and all, is superb history and an enormously enjoyable read. You can't ask for more. --Alex Kershaw, New York Times bestselling author of The Bedford Boys and The Longest Winter Borneman's extensive research turns up interesting details about the history of the battleship...The subject matter makes the book sometimes difficult to read-as it was no doubt difficult to write-but Borneman's broad knowledge and sensitive touch make it an entirely worthwhile experience. --Booklist A no-holds-barred portrait of a controversial figure and a feast for World War II aficionados. --Kirkus Reviews (starred review) Walter Borneman is one of our finest historians, and in Brothers Down he has given us his most personal and affecting story-and one so immersive I often found myself holding my breath while reading his powerful account of the attack on the Arizona. It's that good. --James Donovan, author of Shoot for the Moon and A Terrible Glory


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Walter R. Borneman is the author of nine works of nonfiction, including MacArthur At War, The Admirals, Polk, and The French and Indian War. He holds both a master's degree in history and a law degree. He lives in Colorado.

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