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Americans have long debated the cause of the December 7, 1941 bombing of Pearl Harbor. Many have argued that the attack was a brilliant Japanese military coup, or a failure of U.S. intelligence agencies, or even a conspiracy of the Roosevelt administration. But despite the attention historians have paid to the bombing of Pearl Harbor, the truth about that fateful day has remained a mystery—until now. In Operation Snow: How a Soviet Mole in FDR’s White House Triggered Pearl Harbor, author John Koster uses recently declassified evidence and never-before-translated documents to tell the real story of the day that FDR memorably declared would live in infamy, forever. Operation Snow shows how Joseph Stalin and the KGB used a vast network of double-agents and communist sympathizers—most notably, Harry Dexter White—to lead Japan into war against the United States, demonstrating incontestable Soviet involvement behind the bombing of Pearl Harbor. A thrilling tale of espionage, mystery and war, Operation Snow will forever change the way we think about Pearl Harbor and World War II.
About the Author
John Koster writes frequently on American history. He is the author of The Road to Wounded Knee , which won the Sigma Delta Chi award for distinguished public service, and Custer Survivor , and has written for many historical publications, including Military History , American Heritage , and American History. Koster, a U.S. Army veteran, is fluent in half a dozen languages, and lives in New Jersey with his wife Shizuko Obo, an award-winning children’s author.
Table of Contents
Cast of Characters xi
Chapter 1 Meeting of Masterminds 1
Chapter 2 Agent of Influence 9
Chapter 3 Red Star vs. Rising Sun 23
Chapter 4 Eastern Thunder, Northern Frostbite 31
Chapter 5 The May Memorandum 37
Chapter 6 War Plan Orange 53
Chapter 7 Killing Off the Cabinet 75
Chapter 8 The Final Countdown 105
Chapter 9 The November Memorandum 115
Chapter 10 The Korean Cassandra 141
Chapter 11 The Search for Scapegoats 153
Chapter 12 Nemesis 165
Chapter 13 Check and Checkmate 203
A Note on Sources 219