Books: Unpleasant Months

THE RISING SUN IN THE PACIFIC (411 pp.)—Samuel Eliot Morison—Atlantic-Little, Brown ($6).

Six boards or courts of inquiry have produced 40 volumes of printed matter on the Pearl Harbor disaster of Dec. 7, 1941. For a crisp account of the event, its causes and consequences, laymen may put their trust in frosty Captain Morison, U.S.N.R. (on inactive duty). The Rising Sun in the Pacific is a clear record of a complex of failures.

Rising Sun is the third volume in Morison's naval history of the war, and the first of eight on the war against...

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