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

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Their story needed to be told. They made just as much of a sacrifice for their country as anyone else during World War II.
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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 from a submarine halfway between Seattle and Honolulu. After that one cryptic message, the humble lumber carrier Cynthia Olson and her crew vanished without a trace, sparking one of the most enduring nautical mysteries of the war. What happened to the ill–fated ship? What happened to her crew? And was she Japan's first American victim of the Pacific War?

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

About Stephen Harding

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As a journalist specializing in military affairs, Stephen Harding has reported from Northern Ireland, Bosnia, and Iraq. Currently senior editor at Military History magazine, he lives in Virginia.
 
Published November 22, 2016 by Da Capo Press. 281 pages
Genres: History, War. Non-fiction
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Reviewed by Thomas McClung on Nov 22 2016

Their story needed to be told. They made just as much of a sacrifice for their country as anyone else during World War II.

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