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Operation Snow: How a Soviet Mole in FDR's White House Triggered Pearl Harbor Audio CD – Audiobook, Unabridged
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It was, argues celebrated historian John Koster, part of a deep Soviet plotOperation Snow”to divert the Japanese into fighting the Americans rather than the Russians.
Even more startling, Koster reveals how Harry Dexter White, one of Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s most important men in the Treasury Departmentand also a Soviet spywas a key figure in the plot.
In Operation Snow Koster reveals:
- The previously neglected (and untranslated) sources that expose the Soviet conspiracy
- How Harry Dexter White got away with one of the most devastating acts of treason in American history
- How Japan and the United States were manip¬ulated by Russian agents and propaganda
- Why, if Operation Snow had failed, the Soviet Union might have collapsed under the com¬bined might of Nazi Germany and Imperial Japan
- Stalin’s unwitting stoogehow FDR’s Secretary of the Treasury was manipulated to promote policies that provoked war with Japan
- It didn’t end with Pearl Harbor: how Harry Dexter White continued to act as a Soviet agent into the postwar era, until exposure prompted a disguised suicide.
Full of shocking detail, Operation Snow is a riveting exposé of an extraordinary intelligence operation that radically altered the Second World War, with consequences that are almost impossible to measure.
Think you know the story of Pearl Harbor? You don’t know the full story until you read Operation Snow.
From the Back Cover
I found Operation Snow to be an irresistible page-turner. The attack exacted a terrible toll on both countries and changed the world forever. It is important to understand why that happened. Koster has made a significant contribution.”
Admiral Ronald J. Hays USN (Ret), former commander in chief Pacific Forces
To paraphrase Cicero, a nation can survive its fools and even the ambitious, but, as a rule, it cannot survive treason from within, especially when the traitorin this case Harry Dexter Whiteis allowed to lead the fools and the ambitious. The U.S. survived. It’s a cautionary talethe exception that proves the rule.”
Thomas K. Kimmel Jr., former FBI agent, Pearl Harbor scholar, grandson of Admiral Husband Kimmel
Fascinating and compulsively readable. What a book! The House Un-American Activities Committee transcripts are arresting in their exposure of White’s duplicity.”
Louise Barnett, Ph.D., professor of American Studies, Rutgers University, author of Atrocity and American Military Justice in Southeast Asia and Touched by Fire
John Koster’s Operation Snow opens a whole new window on the Russian role in fomenting Japan’s attack on Pearl Harbor to safeguard Russia’s eastern front.”
Edward H. Bonekemper III, Civil War historian, author of Grant and Lee
This book is important because Harry Dexter White was the most dangerous traitor in American history.”
Mikhail Smirnov, MA, Moscow University, former Soviet soldier
Top Customer Reviews
"History will be kind to me for I intend to write it." ― Winston Churchill, who did just that with many books
I love quotes about history almost as much as I love reading history and, to the above quotes, I'll add one by George Santayana that applies to John Koster's brilliant "Operation Snow: How a Soviet Mole in FDR's White House Triggered Pearl Harbor": "History is always written wrong, and so always needs to be rewritten."
Forget everything you know -- or think you know -- about the "surprise" attack on Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941 that wasn't all that surprising to the top leaders in Washington. Koster provides documentation enough for me to modify my views about Pearl Harbor from my reading of Gordon W. Prange's three books about the attack, not to mention Walter Lord's two books --"Day of Infamy" and "Incredible Victory" and John Toland's two books.
Koster writes that Prange -- considered by many to be the definitive historian writing about Pearl Harbor -- "blandly dismissed the plausible warnings by the Yugoslav-German double agent Dusko Popov and the Korean patriot Kilsoo Haan of an attack on Pearl Harbor. "The latter even got the date right....Both Popov and Haan were threatened with retribution if they went public with news of their attempts to warn the government."
In "Operation Snow" -- drawing on the latest intelligence, including newly translated documents -- Koster writes about Harry Dexter White, a Ph.D.Read more ›
FROM: Mr. Ladd
SUBJECT; ESPIONAGE -R
PURPOSE: To advise you of the positive identification of agent Jurist (the cover name of a Soviet agent operating in 1944 and named by Venona project) as Harry Dexter White, deceased. White was formerly the Administrative Assistant to former Secretary of the Treasury Morgenthau.
DETAILS: You have previously been advised of information obtained from [Venona Project] regarding Jurist who was active during 1944. According to the previous information received from Venona project regarding Jurist, during April 1944, he had reported on conversations between the then Secretary of State Hull and Vice President Wallace. He also reported on Wallace's proposed trip to China. On August 5, 1944 he reported to the Soviets that he was confident of President Roosevelt's victory in the coming .elections unless there was a huge military failure. He also reported that Truman's nomination as Vice President was calculated to secure the vote of the conservative wing of the Democratic Party. It was also reported that Jurist was willing for any self-sacrifice on behalf of the MGB but was afraid that his activities, if exposed, might lead to a political scandal and have an effect on the elections. It was also mentioned that he would be returning to Washington, D.C., on August 17, 1944. The new information from [Venona Project] indicates that Jurist and Morgenthau were to make a trip to London and Normandy and leaving the United States on August 5, 1944.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
"Shocking" is a much over used word nowadays, but that is the only word that properly describes the revelations in this work. Read morePublished 29 days ago by EJ Ward
Not the revisionist history I was hoping for. I saw that right from the start where he slags Harry Elmer Barnes as having written the worst book on FDR and Pearl Harbor because... Read morePublished 1 month ago by William J. Thistlethwaite
I found this book to be very disturbing. The main theme of the book (that a soviet mole provoked the attack on Pearl Harbor) is only addressed in one page of the book. Read morePublished 2 months ago by nom de plume
I originally bought the book for myself at a B&M bookstore. I loaned it out to another avid reader, and haven't received it back. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
The audio version of this book is read by Michael Kramer, who is supposedly a highly acclaimed voice actor among the audiobook industry. Read morePublished 2 months ago by THX 2046
Very interesting, and has a lot of data that I knew had to be missing from history books. Fills in some of the missing pieces of the puzzle.Published 3 months ago by Taylor
Very shallow and weak in its analysis. The thesis is little more than a new and unconvincing twist on the other FDR-made-the-Japanese bomb Pearl Harbor conspiracy theories. Read morePublished 4 months ago by D. Fisk
Very interesting book about Roosevelt, Pearl Harbor, and Russian spies. This is a different slant to a complex event, and effectively presents an alternative view of a complex... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Amazon Customer