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Firsthand Account of Pearl Harbor USS Arizona Bombing Lands on Bestseller List

WASHINGTON, DC In this extraordinary never-before-told eyewitness account of the Pearl Harbor attack – the only memoir ever written by a survivor of the USS Arizona – 94-year-old veteran Donald Stratton shares his unforgettable personal tale of bravery and survival on December 7, 1941, his harrowing recovery, and his inspiring determination to return to the fight.  This is being released in honor of the 75th Anniversary of “the day that will live in infamy.”

At 8:06 a.m. on December 7, 1941, Seaman 1st Class Donald Stratton was consumed by an inferno. A million pounds of explosives had detonated beneath his battle station aboard the USS Arizona, barely 15 minutes into Japan’s surprise attack on American forces at Pearl Harbor. Near death and burned across two thirds of his body, Don, a 19-year-old Nebraskan who had been steeled by the Great Depression and Dust Bowl, summoned the will to haul himself hand over hand across a rope tethered to a neighboring vessel. 45 feet below, the harbor’s flaming, oil-slick water boiled with enemy bullets; all around him the world tore itself apart.

“Donald Stratton is a true American hero and his story is incredibly poignant as we somberly reflect on the 75th Anniversary of the infamous Pearl Harbor attacks,” said Christopher Malagisi, Editor in Chief of the Conservative Book Club.  “Stratton reminds us that evil exists in the world and groups like ISIS need to be destroyed before they can cause great death and despair, like they’ve done at OSU, Orlando, and San Bernardino.”


The Conservative Book Club’s weekly conservative bestseller list is independently created and the selection of books for the weekly list is determined by the Conservative Book Club. Data for the Lists is derived from Nielson BookScan Data, the provision of which does not imply any endorsement whatsoever by Nielson of any Conservative Book Club activities or Lists.

To learn more about the Conservative Book Club’s Conservative Bestseller List, or to schedule an interview with CBC Editor in Chief, Christopher Malagisi, please contact Alyssa Cordova at

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