Very Good in Poor dust jacket. 202 pages, cloth, dust jacket frayed otherwise very good. Second printing. From the dj: Whether F.D.R. was justified in taking the course he took is for history to decide. Involved is the age-old question, whether the end can ever quite justify the means. In this particular instance, two fine officers-Admiral Kimmel and General Short-were saddled with the blame after thousands of lives had been sacrificed and a great fleet humbled. That FDR alone was responsible for the helplessness of the Pacific fleet and the unpreparedness of Admiral Kimmel and General Short is the thesis of this book. That he had ample advance warning of the attack on Pearl Harbor, which he failed to pass on to Kimmel and Short, is proved beyond question. Admiral Theobald, who was at Pearl Harbor on the fatal day and who subsequently helped Admiral Kimmel with his defense, argues his case in calm, reasoned language. Any fair-minded individual should be impressed by his array of facts. From Admiral Kimmel's foreword: "Rear Admiral Theobald's studies have caused him to conclude that we were unready at Pearl Harbor because President Roosevelt's plans required that no word be sent to alert the Fleet in Hawaii. He has produced a readable, concise, and convincing presentation of the evidence which supports his deductions regarding the President's plan and the details of its execution. In my philosophy I can find no reasons which justify the formulation and execution of such a plan. The individuals in high positions in Washington who willfully refrained from alerting our forces at Pearl Harbor should never be excused."
Very Good in Very Good jacket. Mild shelf wear. Previous owner name on the front free endpaper (George B. Kaiser, Arlington, VA). Browned area and tape mark on the front endpaper where an obituary of the author was once taped (laid in loose now). The dust jacket has some wear at the upper corners and chipping at the spine ends. Protected now in a clear Mylar sleeve. The author, Admiral Robert A. Theobald, was Pacific Fleet Destroyer Commander when Pearl Harbor was attacked on December 7, 1941. He later surmised that President Roosevelt "invited" the Japanese attack to help build support for America's entry into the war. He states the arguments for his supposition in this book.
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