The Pearl Harbor Papers comprises the original Japanese documents related to the attack of December 7, 1941. Donald M. Goldstein, the dean of Pearl Harbor historians, and his frequent collaborator, Katherine V. Dillon, explain and place into context secret plans, battle group histories, and intimate letters and diary extracts of the key Japanese naval officers. It also features a reproduction of one of the most important documents of the war—the top-secret map drawn by the attack's lead pilot, Mitsuo Fuchida, to show Emperor Hirohito the battle's results. The Pearl Harbor Papers puts readers inside the Japanese thought process leading up to, during, and after the battle that changed the world.
Katherine V. Dillon (1916-2005) was a chief warrant officer, United States Air Force (retired), and longtime collaborator with Gordon W. Prange and Donald M. Goldstein on their work. She served during World War II and the Korean War.