Reassessing Pearl Harbor

Scapegoats, a False Hero and the Myth of Surprise Attack


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About the Book

Following Pearl Harbor, Admiral Husband Kimmel, commander of the Pacific Fleet, and General Walter Short, commander of the U.S. Army’s Hawaiian Department, were accused of dereliction of duty and relieved of their commands.
Hours after the attack, General Douglas MacArthur, in command of the Philippines, suffered a similar defeat and was awarded the Medal of Honor.
This book re-examines the circumstances surrounding Pearl Harbor to answer the questions: were Kimmel and Short incompetent officers or convenient scapegoats; and was the attack really the surprise the Roosevelt administration led Americans to believe?

About the Author(s)

With 50 years of aviation experience, James Johns, Captain Army Aviation (Ret.), is a member of the Army Aviation Association of America and the 8th Air Force Society of Minnesota and was the recognized speaker representing the original three chapters of the Pearl Harbor Survivors Association in Minnesota. He lives in Bloomington, Minnesota.

Bibliographic Details

James Johns
Format: softcover (7 x 10)
Pages: 228
Bibliographic Info: 29 photos, notes, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2017
pISBN: 978-1-4766-6827-7
eISBN: 978-1-4766-2833-2
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Preface 1

Principal Characters 3

Introduction 5

 1. Dereliction of Duty 9

 2. Japan’s Targets 16

 3. The World Stage 30

 4. Change of Command 45

 5. Lend-Lease and Its Delivery 62

 6. Spy Warnings 85

 7. Negotiations 98

 8. Final Warnings 124

 9. Air Raid Pearl Harbor, This Is No Drill 143

10. Aftermath and Investigations 182

Chapter Notes 201

Bibliography 207

Index 211