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Acquiescing to Infamy: How Cordell Hull Brought the United States to War with Japan 1937-1941 [Kindle Edition]

Matthew Saccaro
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Book Description

Acquiescing to Infamy: How Cordell Hull Brought the United States to War with Japan 1937-1941 is a revisionist take on the events leading up to the attacks on Pearl Harbor on December 7th, 1941.

Nearly all previous scholarship on the matter puts the lion’s share of the blame on the now-infamous oil embargo that was purportedly the final straw that forced the Japanese into choosing war over diplomacy. However, the oil embargo was just a red herring; war with Japan was inevitable at a much earlier time.

Unlike the mainstream work on the topic, the majority of the content in Acquiescing to Infamy is based around events during the years 1937-1939. Political incidents, diplomatic intrigue, and military successes/blunders that were heretofore given little attention are explored and analyzed in detail. As a result, the subject matter of the book is that much more novel and engaging.

Making use of mostly primary sources, the book argues that the blame for war falls squarely on the shoulders of Cordell Hull, United States Secretary of State from 1933-1944. Hull pushed Japan into a corner while simultaneously refusing the advice of more knowledgeable officials in the State Department who saw that war was swift becoming unavoidable under Hull’s course of action—the titular acquiescence to Japan’s infamy.

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  • File Size: 246 KB
  • Print Length: 79 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005HG4ZK8
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A well-researched read. May 14, 2012
This e-book is an interesting and entertaining read for the price.

What stands out about Mr.Saccaro's e-book is that, instead of focusing on the months/weeks before Pearl Harbor like most works covering the origins of WWII in the Pacific, Saccaro covers in detail the years prior to 1941 and assesses even the minute events during those years that made war a certainty.

However, the book isn't without its problems. It likely wasn't written for the kindle format since there are some minor formatting problems. The paragraphs are a little long and sometimes Japanese individuals who have special characters in their names such as "Koki Hirota" are glitched out a bit. Also, all of the endnotes don't line up properly.

Overall, this is an informative and refreshing read for the money. Saccaro makes novel use of documents trodden over many times and brings a fresh perspective on the topic, which is hard to do these days since it's practically been beaten to death.

4/5 stars. Fun to read, offers value for money, but the formatting issues can be bothersome.
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1.0 out of 5 stars An indictment of Hull against evidence January 13, 2014
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Japan wanted to expand, and needed resources to expand. Being dominated by the military and repeatedly disappointed in diplomatic dealings with nearly everyone since the Sino-Japanese war, that was going to come only by conquest. Hull and the US wanted Japan to stop expanding militarily.

Well, here (against all logic) it was the Cordell Hull that was to blame for Japanese intransigence--he didn't bend over far enough. While accurate factually, the spin put on the facts in this essay simply deny the picture painted by the information.
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