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Infamy: pearl harbor and its aftermath Mass Market Paperback – March 15, 1986
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Firstly, did we know about the attack before it occurred? Secondly, how did our government deal with the uproar of the time that enraged our nation and drove us into the Pacific War with a blood-lust for vengeance. The shout of "Remember Pearl Harbor" was our Battle Cry and for good reason.
Thirdly, I have found this book to be very specific and detailed, with information I had not previously been able to acquire, I.E: Interviews with the Naval Intelligence Officer who actually translated the Japanese "Winds" code prior to the attack, and who was prohibited from testifying at the Official Congressional, Army and Navy Hearings that comprise the "official" record as we have been handed it.
This is a book that helps us all make our own minds up about who was responsible for the fact that we were caught sleeping, literally, when war was imminent and on the way to our Pacific outposts in early December of 1941. I give it 5 Eagle, Globe and Anchors for the Pearl Harbor History Buff in search of the "real" story that led us to War in the Pacific.
Ronald Hinton USMC/Retired
Does he prove it? No. There is no absolute evidence that proves FDR and the State and War Departments knew that Pearl Harbor was about to be hit. Toland's circumstantial evidence IS very strong, though, and if what he writes here is true (and he documents it all), then it is very difficult not to reach the same conclusions he does. I've always found it difficult to believe that, with the threat of war obviously hanging over the United States and Japan, we had no idea where the Japanese Navy was. But, again, there is no absolute proof, no documents that say "FDR knew." But no other historian, not even Prange, brings up the evidence that Toland does.
FDR apologists will hate this book. FDR haters will believe Toland has proven his case. Fair readers will wonder. Historians (and that's the way I make my living) will conclude Toland hasn't proven his point. Not absolutely. But he does do very good investigative work. We'll probably never know for sure what FDR knew or when he knew it.
But as a lawyer I wanted to highlight how enjoyable and fascinating are the behind-the-scenes accounts of the various Pearl Harbor tribunals, which pinned guilt perhaps wrongly on some of the accused. I was particularly interested in famed Boston attorney Charles Rugg's defense of Admiral Kimmel, and the legal tactics employed to best make use of the otherwise secret cables and testimony that Rugg assembled on Kimmel's behalf.
A great account, and an inside look from a master historian of WWII, this one is a no-brainer for anyone interested in WWII history.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
well written by the acknowledged master of the Pearl Harbor history. He dug deeply into each of the various controversies and presented all the evidence for both sides of each of... Read morePublished 1 day ago by Scott Reeves
Superb, albeit controversial, book that I plan to present for a men's book club in a few months.
Toland has a long-term reputation for being scrupulously honest in his... Read more
A fascinating history of what was apparently a not much of a suprise attack.Published 2 months ago by Mitchell Weaver
As someone alive during the Pearl Harbor incident There were so many things I didn't remember. My uncles tried to share their ideas and prejudice with me. Read morePublished 11 months ago by L. Bruce
More about the investigations following Pearl Harbor than about the attack itself--how the government blew it, before and after.Published 12 months ago by Gary S. Appel
This book is based upon facts and research that the author gleaned from documents and actual interviews. Read morePublished 14 months ago by HouseMan
I like John Toland's books. In this sequel [sic] to his first book on Pearl Harbor where Toland proves FDR was surprised by Pearl Harbor, he finally uncovers the fact that FDR... Read morePublished 14 months ago by Thomas B. Roach