12.12.10

THE TRUTH ISN'T INTERESTING ENOUGH? We follow a reality-based fictional account of Sherman's March with a fantasy-based fictional account, Pearl Harbor: A Novel of December 8th, by Newt Gingrich and William R. Forstchen. I'll keep Book Review No. 32 short. There's very little about the Day of Infamy, as the focus is on the interaction of British, U.S., and Japanese naval officers in the beginning of the aircraft carrier era. Fuchida Mitsuo and Genda Minoru are real enough; their English-speaking counterparts probably composite characters. The Japanese are neither happy with the terms of the Washington Naval Treaty nor with the prospect of a Soviet China. But they have little by way of coal, oil, or iron ore.

That's standard enough. The point of these novels is to consider a slightly different history. You'll get no spoilers from me. But there are plenty of opportunities for the authors, possibly nudged by Speaker Gingrich, to get in culture-war references to the celebrity-besotted Anglophones of the Depression era contrasted with the focused Japanese naval aviators. There are also plenty of missed opportunities for the proofreaders.

There's a Tom Clancy in the stack of stuff. Stay tuned.

(Cross-posted to 50 Book Challenge.)

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