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This account of the top secret investigation is "essential history...the authoritative appraisal of why American armed forces met the Japanese attack asleep" (The Christian Science Monitor).
On December 6, 1941, Admiral Husband E. Kimmel, commander in chief of the United States Pacific Fleet, assured his staff that the Japanese would not attack Pearl Harbor. The next morning, Japanese carriers steamed toward Hawaii to launch one of the most devastating surprise attacks in the history of war, proving the admiral disastrously wrong. Immediately, an investigation began into how the American military could have been caught so unaware.
The results of the initial investigation failed to implicate who was responsible for this intelligence debacle. Secretary of War Henry L. Stimson, realizing that high-ranking members of the military had provided false testimony, decided to reopen the investigation by bringing in an unknown major by the name of Henry C. Clausen. Over the course of ten months, from November 1944 to September 1945, Clausen led an exhaustive investigation. He logged more than fifty-five thousand miles and interviewed over one hundred military and civilian personnel, ultimately producing an eight-hundred-page report that brought new evidence to light. Clausen left no stone unturned in his dogged effort to determine who was truly responsible for the disaster at Pearl Harbor.
Pearl Harbor: Final Judgement reveals all of the eye-opening details of Clausen's investigation and is a damning account of massive intelligence failure. To this day, the story surrounding the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor stokes controversy and conspiracy theories. This book provides conclusive evidence that shows how the US military missed so many signals and how it could have avoided the events of that fateful day.
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- Steven L. Zenor
Army Snow Job
Pretty much of a Army Snow Job. Few "nuggets". This guy is a Mason and a Mason "Buddy
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- Kindle Customer
The Truth Behind Pearl Harbor
If it wasn't for how tragic it was I would call it a comedy of errors. This the story of the investigation conducted by a lawyer for the Secretary of War into the causes of the unprepared defences against the US Navy fleet and Army on Dec 7.
This book pulls no punches about how intelligence was mis handled from top to bottom of both primarily Adm. Kimmel but also Gen. Short.
How people in Washington assumed things that weren't so on the Hawaiian commands readiness. How the Navy withheld vital information gotten from the MAGIC intercepts and other needed intelligence from Gen. Short. How because of the mishandling of the fourteen part message sent from Tokyo to the Japanese ambassador to the United States resulted in the war warning sent by Gen. Marsh to Hawaii was not until after the attack was going on.
This is backed up by copies of the actual interceptions that were recorded by our codebreakers.
Well worth the read.