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Days of Infamy

A book by Newt Gingrich

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Fast-paced and imaginative war thriller

  • Jun 1, 2008
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I was only moderately impressed with "Pearl Harbor: A Novel of December 8, 1941," the first title in Newt Gingrich and William R. Forstchen's alternative-history series about World War 2 in the Pacific. While the action scenes weren't bad, the character development wasn't great and an awful lot of time was spent with characters sitting in rooms talking about Chinese politics and other back-story matters.

"Days of Infamy," on the other hand, doesn't have that problem. The first 170 pages or so are one sustained battle scene, and following a brief lull in the action, most of the rest of the book is too. Unlike "Pearl Harbor," where the point at which the authors' fiction deviated from fact may have been obscure to people not familiar with the details of the attack, the events of "Days of Infamy" (as distinct from many of the characters) are fictional from start to finish. The authors are thus free to create a compelling, even engrossing, story. Certainly, I was pulled in right away, and read the whole volume cover to cover in just a few hours this weekend.

Although the authors did a better job with character development this time than in the first book, this series really is not "about" the men and women in any significant way. They are war stories painted on a very large canvas. And now that Gingrich and Forstchen have defined their alternate -- though still very plausible (no time-travel or anachronistic weapons) -- world, they're free to pull out the stops and let the guns roar. I still don't believe the series will displace Wouk, say, among the great novels of the second world war, but for an exciting ride for a few hours on a weekend, they're not bad at all.

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review by . April 13, 2008
I previously picked up a copy of Pearl Harbor by Newt Gingrich and William R. Forstchen. Much to my surprise, it was far better than I expected, and gave me a greater appreciation of Pearl when we visited Hawaii last year. I was recently contacted by the publicist for an advanced reader copy of their follow-on novel Days of Infamy. Of course, I accepted. :) As with Pearl Harbor, it's a well-written historical novel that looks at how the Japanese/American conflict might have played out if the Japanese …
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PHENOMENAL PRAISE FOR THE NOVELS OF NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLING AUTHORS NEWT GINGRICH AND WILLIAM R. FORSTCHEN

PEARL HARBOR

“A thrilling tale of America’s darkest day.” —W.E.B. Griffin

“Begins what will be a fascinating alternative history of the war in the pacific.”—Roanoke Times  

“The authors’ research shines in accurate accounts of diplomatic maneuvering as well as the nuts-and-bolts of military action.”—Publishers Weekly

“The authors skillfully mix historical and fictional characters in an enjoyable and thought-provoking tale.”—Library Journal

"Masterful storytelling that not only captures the heroic highs and hellish lows of that horrific day that lives on in infamy—it resonates with today’s conflicts and challenges.”—William E. Butterworth IV, New York Times bestselling author of The Saboteurs

“A politician and a novelist, each an accomplished historian in his own right, are emerging as  master authors of alternative history.  In this “what if” treatment of the attack on Pearl Harbor, Newt Gingrich and William Forstchen combine their talents to make the diplomacy as suspenseful as the combat, even for readers who know what happens next–or think they know.”
—Dennis Showalter, former president of the Society of Military Historians

“This book is not only a great read, it is a fascinating historical story that applies today in Iraq as...

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ISBN-10: 0312363516
ISBN-13: 978-0312363512
Author: Newt Gingrich
Publisher: Thomas Dunne Books

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