- ISBN/SKU: 9781591140054
- Binding: Paperback
- Era: World War II
- Number of Pages: 256
- Subject: History
- Date Available: September 2011
Walter C. Short is remembered as the U.S. Army general who parked his airplanes wingtip-to-wingtip making them easy targets for Japanese pilots attacking Pearl Harbor. History's harsh indictment of his actions as commander of the Army's Hawaiian department is the result of a series of investigations that placed blame for the disaster on General Short and his Navy counterpart, Admiral Husband E. Kimmel. In this first biography of Short, the general emerges as an honorable man who made some fateful errors.
Published in cooperation with Association of the United States Army
Charles R. Anderson, who died in August 2003, was a longtime historian at the U. S. Army Center of Military History.
Praise for Day of Lightning, Years of Scorn
"This is good history: well researched, well written and well grounded." — St. Louis Sunday Post-Dispatch
"Until now General Short’s decisions and actions before the Pearl Harbor attack have lacked context and detail. This balanced biography by Charles Anderson points out problems in the way the various investigations were conducted, as well as the failures in both Washington and Hawaii that contributed to the disaster. Anderson’s analysis is perceptive and revealing, his conclusions evenhanded, and his narrative style a delight." –Col. William T. Bowers, USA (Ret.), former Chief, Histories Division, U.S. Army Center of Military History