One-Minute Book Reviews

July 30, 2007

Newt Gingrich Chuckle Meter

Filed under: Novels — 1minutebookreviewswordpresscom @ 12:06 am
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A novel about the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor might sound grim. But Newt Gingrich provides lots of chuckles in Pearl Harbor: A Novel of December 8th (St. Martin’s, $25.95), written with co-author William R. Forstchen and contributing editor Albert S. Hanser.

Here are some of the places in the book where the former Speaker of the House tells us that a character “chuckled”:

“the cabbie chuckled softly” (page 8).
“[Japanese Commander Mitsuo] Fuchida chuckled’ (page 34).
Fuchida “chuckled” again (page 34).
“[U.S. Commander James] Watson chuckled’ (page 38).
“Fuchida chuckled” (page 38).
“[Royal Navy Lieutenant Commander] Cecil [Stanford] chuckled” (page 39).
“Winston [Churchill] chuckled softly” (page 57).
“Cecil chuckled” (page 58).”
“Winston chuckled” (page 58).
“Winston chuckled” (page 67).
“Fuchida chuckled” (page 124).
“Fuchida chuckled” (page 126).
“Fuchida chuckled” (page 127).
“The American chuckled” (page 152).
“[U.S. Colonel Carl] Spaatz chuckled” (page 156).
“[Japanese Naval Attaché Minoru] Genda “chuckled” (page 157).
“Watson chuckled softly” (page 170).
“[Japanese Admiral Isoroku] Yamamoto chuckled” (page 178)
“[Yamamoto] chuckled derisively” (page 179).
“Genda chuckled” (page 250).
“Winston chuckled” (page 263).
“Winston chuckled” again (page 263).
“Winston chuckled” (page 269).
Watson and Stanford “both chuckled at the same time” (page 277).
“James [Watson] chuckled” (page 283).

© 2007 Janice Harayda. All rights reserved.


  1. Phil chuckled.

    Comment by P — July 31, 2007 @ 3:55 am | Reply

  2. […] Late Night With Jan Harayda – ‘Chuckling’ Through ‘The Lost Symbol,’ or the Dan Brown Chuckle Meter, Part 1 Filed under: Late Night With Jan Harayda, News, Novels — 1minutebookreviewswordpresscom @ 10:49 pm Tags: Books, Dan Brown, Humor, The Lost Symbol Why do people do so much “chuckling” in novels about conspiracies, disasters and other events that don’t normally inspire that response in real life? I’ve been reading The Lost Symbol, and it may have more “chuckles” than any book I’ve read since Newt Gingrich’s Pearl Harbor: A Novel of December 8th (St. Martin’s, 2007). So I’ve started a Dan Brown Chuckle Meter similar to my Newt Gingrich Chuckle Meter. […]

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