Pearl Harbor Declassified

The Evidence of American Foreknowledge of the Attack


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About the Book

Did President Roosevelt and other high-ranking U.S. government officials know about Japanese plans to attack Pearl Harbor, and fail to warn U.S. Navy leadership? Drawing on recently declassified materials and revelations from other writers, this book traces the flow of intelligence and concludes the imminent attack was allowed to happen to win the support of the American public in a war against Japan. An epilogue describes the fate of Commander-in-Chief of the U.S. Pacific Fleet Admiral Husband E. Kimmel, the intelligence he received from Washington before the attack, and the intelligence he did not.

About the Author(s)

Retired physician James M. D’Angelo founded the International Midway Memorial Foundation in 1992 (and is the editor of its newsletter). He has written articles on Midway in Wings of Gold (Association of Naval Aviation), and in the newsletter of the Naval Order of the United States. He lives in Bradenton, Florida.

Bibliographic Details

James M. D’Angelo

Foreword by William S. Dudley
Format: softcover (7 x 10)
Pages: 234
Bibliographic Info: 23 photos, appendices, notes, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2021
pISBN: 978-1-4766-8438-3
eISBN: 978-1-4766-4237-6
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vi
Foreword by William S. Dudley 1
Preface 5
Introduction 7
1—Japan Opens Its Doors 9
2—Room 1649 12
3—The Sun Rises in the East 18
4—All Roads Lead to Pearl Harbor 25
5—The Jewel of the Pacific 50
6—Radio Silence Is Broken 78
7—The Die Is Cast 104
8—Wake Island’s Heroic Defense 125
9—Southern and Central Pacific Operations 135
10—The Final Analysis of the Japanese Attack on Pearl Harbor 154
11—Connecting the Dots 187
12—Epilogue 198
Appendix A. General George Marshall’s Actions on the Morning of December 7, 1941 205
Appendix B. The Pearl Harbor Attack: December 7, 1941 206
Chapter Notes 211
Bibliography 219
Index 221

Book Reviews & Awards

  • “Was the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor really a surprise? This well-researched book will make fair-minded readers think twice. Using highly secret information declassified in recent decades, he argues plausibly that FDR and others knew of Japanese plans.”—James A. Noone, Captain, USN (Ret.)
  • “Dr. James D’Angelo studied both sides of the Pearl Harbor surprise attack controversy and has considered the major arguments and evidence from many sources. This book is important because during the last thirty years new evidence has emerged. The release of declassified records previously held close at secret and higher levels of classification in the National Archives and records centers of the United States and the United Kingdom has focused new light on the old surprise attack theory. What Dr. D’Angelo has done here is, in his own words, ‘to connect the dots’ so that the readers can decide for themselves where the truth stands.”—William S. Dudley, Ph.D., former Director of Naval History