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The Forrestal Diaries Hardcover – July 23, 2009


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  • Hardcover: 618 pages
  • Publisher: Kessinger Publishing, LLC (July 23, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1104836246
  • ISBN-13: 978-1104836245
  • Product Dimensions: 1.5 x 8.9 x 5.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,354,526 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By V-ROD on November 8, 2010
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I had read a book that was describing how James Forrestal had died, and it sounded very suspicious to me. After doing a little research I had a strong feeling his death was not a suicide, but a homicide. When I found out about this book I was anxious to find any clues as to why he was disliked or who his enemies might have been. Unfortunately I later learned and in conjunction found out by reading this book that his diary was handed over to the White House and Dept. of Defense prior to release. The author also edits the diary to fit a "book format". The end result of this, is a bland, watered down view of Forrestal's thoughts and ideas. There is no indication of statements he made that were antagonistic to people or ideas, or that enemies were made from his policies. In fact, through the whole book he seems to have a friendly relationship with Pres. Truman and his administration. But out of nowhere the last few pages have Truman calling for his resignation and the media starting a campaign to smear his name. Throughout the book James Forrestal comes across as a very intelligent, concise, detailed individual who performed his duty with discipline and principle. For him to become suicidal and depressed in such a short period, is not believable to me. His life seemed eerily similar to one Vince Foster who was murdered in the Clinton Presidency.

There is more to this story than meets the eye. My gut feeling is Forrestal was going to expose some things in this government. In fact he was an anti-communist and is known to have been conversing with one Sen. McCarthy. He also had made some remarks in regard to government officials seemingly making policy that enhanced the communist cause. China being the perfect example. Sen. McCarthy was villified for trying to root out communism.
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4 of 9 people found the following review helpful By John B. Bonhomme on March 4, 2010
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A glimpse into another era. Reverse gears to a free and prosperous nation during the Roosevelt adminstration transient to the Truman era.
A nation at war on two diffrent continents. Become privy to the genius and thinking of a man who championed, cherished and held dearly to free and democratic principle above all else.
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