The perfect holiday gift with no supply chain worries? Steve Twomey's riveting book, "Countdown to Pearl Harbor." Find it at, at your local bookseller or national chains. And stay tuned for updates on his media appearances marking the 80th anniversary of the Dec. 7 , 1941 attack. .  

There were multiple investigations of what went so wrong in Hawaii 80 years ago, on December 7, 1941, but not until this book has the answer been so clear, yet so human. With elegant prose and taut focus, through a core of memorable characters, Countdown recounts how banal decisions and unquestioned beliefs gave birth to an event more shattering and unexpected than any in the 165 years of American history that had come before.


The story is told with a wise, compassionate understanding of why even smart, experienced, talented people can fail. It deftly selects the facts that mattered: the poorly-worded cables, the race-tinged assumptions about Japanese abilities; the Navy's rigid customs, even the arcane -- but decisive -- matter of Pearl Harbor's depth.  There are heroes, too, including a mid-level officer aboard an American destroyer who, on his second day as captain of his first ship, did precisely what he should, unlike others farther up the ranks.


Countdown to Pearl Harbor is a riveting, concise account that elevates the story of Pearl Harbor into an edge-of-your-seat thriller.