Japanese Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto smashed the American fleet at Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941, yet the man who first conceived of the Pacific war Japans surprise attack, the seizure of the Philippines & Guam, & the American island-hopping campaign was a British naval correspondent, Hector C. Bywater. He wrote a series of brilliant books & articles in the 1920s & 1930s that prophetically outlined naval strategies that would read like a blueprint for the Pacific Theater during World War II. Bywaters ideas created an uproar & then were quickly forgotten. But Yamamoto adopted Bywaters ideas as his own. Photos.