The Associated Press announced today it has published a special edition of its Pearl Harbor book to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the surprise attack on the U.S. naval base by Japanese forces.
“Pearl Harbor: An AP Special Anniversary Edition” is a comprehensive account of the history and events leading up to the attack on Dec. 7, 1941, which led the U.S. into World War II. It also examines the relationship between the U.S. and Japan and details the beginning of America’s involvement in the war.
The anniversary edition features more than 75 iconic and rare photographs, artifacts from the AP Corporate Archives, a narrative from a reporter at AP’s Washington, D.C., bureau who got the first message about the attack on Pearl Harbor, and President Franklin Roosevelt’s Dec. 8, 1941, speech to Congress declaring America’s entry into World War II.
Former AP war correspondent Richard Pyle writes in a new introduction:
Explosions reverberating from the vast naval bastion of Pearl Harbor left no doubt that the world was suddenly and irretrievably a different place, that is until a new generation of Americans would experience another harrowing surprise attack on September 11, 2001, near New York Harbor in lower Manhattan. Again, nearly 3,000 people were killed, the U.S. went to war and the world was forever changed.
"The AP honors the memory of the Pearl Harbor attack from the unique perspective only reporters of The Associated Press can provide," said Peter Costanzo, AP's digital publishing and archival manager. "This special edition is a powerful keepsake that ensures we never forget those who perished on that harrowing day, as well as those who survived and went on to defend freedom at home and abroad."