Dawn of Infamy: A Sunken Ship, a Vanished Crew, and the Final Mystery of Pearl Harbor by Stephen Harding

Dawn of Infamy: A Sunken Ship, a Vanished Crew, and the Final Mystery of Pearl Harbor

byStephen Harding

Hardcover | November 22, 2016

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As the Pearl Harbor attack began, a U.S. cargo ship a thousand miles away in the middle of the vast Pacific Ocean mysteriously vanished along with her crew. What happened, and why?

On December 7, 1941, even as Japanese carrier-launched aircraft flew toward Pearl Harbor, a small American cargo ship chartered by the Army reported that it was under attack by a submarine halfway between Seattle and Honolulu. After that one cryptic message, the humble lumber carrierCynthia Olsonand her crew vanished without a trace, their disappearance all but forgotten as the mighty warships of the U.S. Pacific Fleet burned.

The story of theCynthia Olson's mid-ocean encounter with the Japanese submarineI-26is both a classic high-seas drama and one of the most enduring mysteries of World War II. DidI-26's commander, Minoru Yokota, sink the freighter before the attack on Pearl Harbor began? Did the cargo ship's 35-man crew survive in lifeboats that drifted away into the vast Pacific, or were they machine-gunned to death? Was theCynthia Olsonthe first American casualty of the Pacific War, and could her SOS have changed the course of history?

Based on years of research,Dawn of Infamyexplores both the military and human aspects of theCynthia Olsonstory, bringing to life a complex tale of courage, tenacity, hubris, and arrogance in the opening hours of America's war in the Pacific.

About The Author

Stephen Hardingis the author of eight previous books, including theNew York TimesbestsellerThe Last Battleand the acclaimedThe Castaway's War, both of which are in development as major motion pictures. A longtime journalist specializing in military affairs, Harding is currently editor-in-chief ofMilitary Historymagazine. His contributi...

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Title:Dawn of Infamy: A Sunken Ship, a Vanished Crew, and the Final Mystery of Pearl HarborFormat:HardcoverDimensions:280 pages, 9.38 × 6.38 × 1 inPublished:November 22, 2016Publisher:Da Capo PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0306825031

ISBN - 13:9780306825033

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"Rich in detail...A well-written and convincing book about an interesting historical sidelight...The author has done a good job of weaving together a mass of disparate evidence and technical information."-Warship International