The Final Secret of Pearl Harbor : The Washington Contribution to the Japanese Attack by Rear Admiral Robert A. Theobald with corroborative forewords by Rear Admiral Husband E. Kimmel, USN, Ret. And Fleet Admiral William F. Halsey, USN
New York : Devin-Adair Company, 1954. First Edition. Hardcover. 202 pages ; 21 cm. $3.50 dust jacket unclipped. Pages are unmarked and binding is firm.
FROM THE DUST JACKET :
The Final Secret of Pearl Harbor:
THE WASHINGTON CONTRIBUTION TO THE JAPANESE ATTACK, by Rear Admiral ROBERT A. THEOBALD, U.S.N., Ret.
There are three ways of "Remembering Pearl Harbor." First, as that infamous day, December 7, 1941, when the Japanese sneak-attacked our Pacific fleet without provoca¬tion. Second, as the day the United States suffered its greatest military disaster in his¬tory with 3303 dead and 1272 wounded. Third, as the day President Franklin D. Roosevelt succeeded in taking a reluctant Nation into a successful war against the Axis Powers.
It is with the third aspect that this book deals. 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 F.D.R. 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 subse¬quently 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.
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