Infamy

Infamy : Pearl Harbor and Its Aftermath

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How much of a surprise was the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbour? History has tended to blame the two commanders of Hawaii's military installations, Admiral Kimmel and General Short, for the unpreparedness of the Pacific Fleet for battle. However, a closer examination of the events leading up to the attack suggests that these two men were merely scapegoats and that the responsibility lies elsewhere - with Washington. Among the many questions explored in this superbly researched book are: why were America's supreme military commanders so lackadaisical about relaying vital information to their subordinates? Did Roosevelt actually know of the Japanese carrier force approaching Hawaii? Was the war with Japan necessary at all? Using the most recent documentary evidence and interviews with witnesses who have never spoken up before, John Toland has produced the most comprehensive account of this great drama.show more

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  • Paperback | 416 pages
  • 134 x 212 x 36mm | 480.81g
  • Penguin Books Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • New edition
  • New edition
  • 32pp of b&w illustrations
  • 0141390603
  • 9780141390604

About John Toland

John Toland has written may books, of which the best known are THE LAST 100 DAYS (the last days of the Third Reich), THE RISING SUN: THE DECLINE AND FALL OF THE JAPANESE EMPIRE, 1936-45 (Pultizer Prize, 1971) which will be published in Penguin Classic Military History in August 2001, ADOLF HITLER and NO MAN'S LAND: THE STORY OF 1918.show more

Table of contents

Part 1 Tangled web: "how did they catch us with our pants down, Mr President?", December 6-7, 1941; Mr Knox goes west, December 8-16, 1941; "some admiral or some general in the Pacific may be made a goat", Herbert Hoover, December 17, 1941-January 29, 1942; "settle yourself in a quiet nook somewhere and let old father time help this entire situation", Stark to Kimmel, January 25, 1942-February 1944. Part 2 Pandora's box: mutiny on the second deck; the Hart inquiry, February-June 1944; the army and navy club, June-October 1944; "you do not have to carry the torch for Admiral Kimmel", June 1944-September 1945. Part 3 Congress dances: "if I had known what was to happen ... I would never have allowed myself to be 'tagged'", William D. Mitchell, November-December 1945; their day in court, December 31, 1945-January 31, 1946; Safford at bay, February 1-11, 1946; "to throw as soft a light as possible on the Washington scene". Part 4 The tenth investigation: operation Z, 1932-November 27, 1941; the tracking of "Kido Butai", November 26-December 6, 1941; date of infamy - "but they knew, they knew, they knew", December 7-8, 1941; the summing up.show more

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