As with the other books in this series, a pivotal historical event is described and analyzed. Here, Harris divides his essay into two parts, first recounting in clear, well-organized fashion the planning, execution, and aftermath of the attack; then considering some of the reasons behind it, why it was such a surprise for the US and what long-term effects it had on both sides. He evenhandedly presents many of the mistakes and failures associated with the event, mentions and rejects the revisionist view that FDR knew of it well in advance, and concludes with an overview of WW II's eventual course. Most of the several dozen contemporary photographs that illustrate this add detail or dimension to the narrative. Report-writers will welcome the topical arrangementand the brief but up-to-date bibliography.