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From a Pulitzer Prize-winning historian and bestselling author, a revealing account of the events surrounding the day that the Japanese military launched a sneak attack on U.S. forces stationed in Pearl Harbor. Includes evidence that top U.S. ...
From a Pulitzer Prize-winning historian and bestselling author, a revealing account of the events surrounding the day that the Japanese military launched a sneak attack on U.S. forces stationed in Pearl Harbor. Includes evidence that top U.S. officials knew about the attack but remained silent for political reasons and the conspiracy afterward to hide the facts. Photographs. Reissue. (War History)
Posted January 20, 2004
Of all of the revisionists John Toland comes across as perhaps the least intelligent. His claims that the Japanese broke radio silence have been descredited by serious researchers for many years now, especially in light of the information gleaned from the Japanese after the war. Perhaps his most idiotic claim is that George Marshall was part of the conspiracy (the purpose of which Toland never explains) to withhold information from Pearl Harbor because he was a military man and had to follow orders. Toland apparently is unfamiliar with military law - it is illegal to obey an illegal order, which such an order certainly would be. We executed a few Nazis after WWII who also 'just followed orders.' Nobody, including FDR, could influence MArshall to do something he would have found immoral. Toland apparently didn't know Marshall very well. I wonder why Toland thinks Pearl Harbor hadn't been warned? Apparently those war warning messages and messages that the Japanese were destroying their codes and code machines in Washington weren't considered warnings by Toland's standards. If you want a good book about Pearl harbor, one that tells everything that happened before and after, read At Dawn We Slept or The Verdict of History by Gordon Prange, et al. Don't waste your money on Toland's non-history. His arguments are annihilated in Prange's texts.
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Posted April 14, 2003
This book is a well written, informative book. Having said that, this book makes assumptions and sees people out to destroy the American way of life by getting into a war, around every page. An enjoyable book, somewhat loose with the facts.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.