Day Of Deceit: The Truth About FDR and Pearl Harbor by Robert B. StinnettIn Day of Deceit, Robert Stinnett delivers the definitive final chapter on Americas greatest secret and our worst military disaster.
Drawing on twenty years of research and access to scores of previously classified documents, Stinnett proves that Pearl Harbor was not an accident, a mere failure of American intelligence, or a brilliant Japanese military coup. By showing that ample warning of the attack was on FDRs desk and, furthermore, that a plan to push Japan into war was initiated at the highest levels of the U.S. government, he ends up profoundly altering our understanding of one of the most significant events in American history.
Day of deceit : the truth about FDR and Pearl Harbor
On December 7, , U. Could this tragic event that resulted in over 3, Americans killed and injured in a single two-hour attack have been averted? After 16 years of uncovering documents through the Freedom of Information Act, journalist and historian Robert Stinnett charges in his book, Day of Deceit , that U. In contrast, historian and author Stephen Budiansky see his book, Battle of Wits believes that such charges are entirely unfounded and are based on misinterpretations of the historical record. Presidents, that led to the Spanish-American War, World War I, Vietnam War, Gulf War, and other conflicts were deliberate misrepresentations of the facts in order to rally support for wars that the general public would otherwise not support. Was this also the case regarding the tragedy at Pearl Harbor and the U. We are very pleased to provide a debate between these two distinguished experts.
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Roosevelt knew in advance of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on Dec. Now Robert B. Stinnett, a Navy veteran of the war who subsequently made a career as a journalist for The Oakland Tribune, has produced the results of a year search for documentary evidence on this important historical question. Despite a dogged and sometimes compelling effort to substantiate this conclusion, Stinnett has produced no "smoking guns" on the subject, contrary to Gore Vidal's excited blurb on the dust jacket. Stinnett's main and most radical argument about Roosevelt does not overcome previous substantial and contrary historical work on the approach of the war. On less global subjects, too, this book will probably elicit skeptical responses from other historians who will properly argue that Stinnett has failed to take account of less radical explanations for the data he has uncovered.
Welcome sign in sign up. Every dozen years or so a new book comes out about Pearl Harbor. Some of these books merely tell how the attack succeeded. The more interesting ones seek to explain why. Why was it possible for a far-off country to surprise the mighty United States and sink some of its most powerful warships? Orthodox historians argue that Japan had cloaked its attack in such complete secrecy that no form of intelligence then used by the United States could have penetrated it.
Newly released naval records prove that from November 17 to 25 the United States Navy intercepted eighty-three messages that Yamamoto sent to his carriers. In the fall of that year, Dewey planned a series of speeches charging FDR with foreknowledge of the attack. According to Stinnett, the answers to the mysteries of Pearl Harbor can be found in the extraordinary number of documents he was able to attain through Freedom of Information Act requests. Cable after cable of decryptions, scores of military messages that America was intercepting, clearly showed that Japanese ships were preparing for war and heading straight for Hawaii. He poured over more than , documents, and conducted dozens of interviews. This meticulous research led Stinnet to a firmly held conclusion: FDR knew. In White House meetings the strong feeling was that America needed a call to action.