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 in advance, and fail to warn U.S. Navy leadership in Hawaii? Drawing on recently declassified materials and revelations from other writers, this book traces the flow of intelligence and concludes the imminent attack was known about and 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)
Bibliographic Info: ca. 20 photos, appendices, notes, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2021
pISBN: 978-1-4766-8438-3
eISBN: 978-1-4766-4237-6
Imprint: McFarland

Book Reviews & Awards

• “Was the Japanese attack on Pear Harbor really a surprise? Most Americans would say, ‘Of course.’ But Jim D’Angelo’s well-researched book will make fair-minded readers think twice about this dogma, taught in our schools and part of our culture since WWII. Invoking highly secret information that has been declassified in recent decades, he argues plausibly that FDR and others knew of–and turned a blind eye to–Japanese plans in order to declare war with full support of the American public. Could this be true? Read it and decide for yourself!”—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