Library Journal, 9/15/16
Harding's thorough research reconstructs the Cynthia Olson's last days
While the story of the Cynthia Olson often appears as a side note in other histories about Pearl Harbor, this harrowing account brings it to the fore, telling how a Japanese submarine was able to sail close to the U.S. mainland and sink an unarmed ship in the hours before America entered World War II
Will appeal to nautical and military historians alike.”
Kirkus Reviews, 10/15/16
A detailed, well-researched book presented in a logical fashionwill appeal most to Pearl Harbor scholars and those interested in submarine warfare.”
"An account of a little known incident that might have seen the opening shots of the Japanese war against the United States...Their story needed to be told."
—New York Journal of Books
"Harding takes a minor incident that could be reduced to a single sentence and, despite the lack of hard information about many aspects of the event, turns it into a fast-paced piece of historical detective work with very human dimensions and consequences...An engaging and satisfying book."
—Stone & Stone
"Based on years of research, Dawn of Infamy explores both the military and human aspects of the Cynthia Olson story, bringing to life a complex tale of courage, tenacity, hubris and arrogance in the opening hours of America's war in the Pacific."
"Stephen Harding researched a small part of World War II military history...with the amazing details typical of a good journalist."
—Seattle Book Review
"Harding brings his expert skills as a researcher and writer to this little known subject...An excellent look at a long-forgotten story that occurred at the beginning of American involvement in World War II in the Pacific."
"Rich in detail...A well-written and convincing book about an interesting historical sidelight...The author has done a good job of weaving together a mass of disparate evidence and technical information."—Warship International
"The book's engaging storyline will appeal to both nonspecialists and military historians with an interest in the early years of the Pacific War. Its narrative style and subject matter evoke nautical adventure books like Sebastian Junger's The Perfect Storm and Nathaniel Philbrick's In the Heart of the Sea...Gripping."
—Michigan War Studies Review