A Matter of Honor

A Matter of Honor

Pearl Harbor : Betrayal, Blame, and A Family's Quest for Justice

Book - 2016
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We thought we knew the story well: On December 7, 1941, 2,403 Americans died when Japan attacked Pearl Harbor, devastating the nation and precipitating entry into World War II. In the aftermath, Admiral Husband Kimmel, commander in chief of the Pacific Fleet, was relieved of command, accused of dereliction of duty, and publicly disgraced. The fact was, however, that--through sheer inefficiency--the top brass in Washington had failed to provide Kimmel with vital intelligence. Then, in the name of protecting the biggest U.S. intelligence secret of the day, they and top officials allowed the Admiral and the Army commander in Hawaii to be made scapegoats for the catastrophe. The Admiral fought to clear his name for the rest of his long life. After Kimmel's death his sons--both Navy veterans--continued the fight. Both houses of Congress approved the posthumous restoration of the Admiral's four-star rank, only to be blocked by the Navy bureaucracy. Today Kimmel's grandchildren maintain the struggle--for them, it is a matter of honor. In this conversation-changing book, Anthony Summers and Robbyn Swan go far beyond the fall and fight-back of one man. They unravel the many apparent mysteries of Pearl Harbor, clear President Franklin D. Roosevelt of the charge that he knew the attack was coming, and uncover duplicity and betrayal in high places in Washington.
Publisher: New York, NY : Harper, [2016]
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780062405517
0062405519
Branch Call Number: 940.5426 SU64
Characteristics: 520 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, map ; 24 cm
Additional Contributors: Swan, Robbyn - Author

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SEBoiko
Apr 26, 2017

... that too much security can lead to obscurity ...

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SEBoiko
Apr 26, 2017

..., it was a final message "from this son of man to the son of God."

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SEBoiko
Apr 26, 2017

Death should be preferable to dishonor.

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SEBoiko
Apr 26, 2017

It is "like looking into hell on a sunshiny day."

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SEBoiko
Apr 26, 2017

... Britain's struggle with the Nazis is "a fight that will live forever in the story of human gallantry."

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Feb 08, 2017

Having been a WWII history junkie ever since discovering Samuel Eliot Morrison's fifteen or whatever volume official history of the US Navy in that war in my high school library 60+ years ago, Summers' and Swan's book provides solid evidence and plausible hypotheses connecting the dots in a way that explains why the Pacific Fleet command was so badly blind-sided on December 7, 1941. Admiral Kimmel truly was in the dark about the imminence of the threat to Hawaii, even though there was plenty of intelligence information available in Washington from which the dots could have been connected, and which to some extent had been. Why Kimmel and and his staff weren't sufficiently informed was due in considerable measure to bureaucratic friction and the imperative to maintain the secrecy of the MAGIC intercepts, but late in the book the authors hint there may have been more to it than that, something darker. But we'll almost certainly never know since it's unlikely any written record was kept. And yes, Admiral Kimmel definitely got screwed by being set up as the fall guy by the Roberts Commission's joke of an investigation. It may have been a war-time necessity, however, in order to protect the vital secret of MAGIC. Not to mention convenient for those in the War and Navy Departments in Washington, as well as the FBI, whose lassitude, marginal competence and in a few cases deeply flawed characters contributed to the clusterf**k.

I strongly recommend this book to anyone still interested in the history of that war.

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