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A matter of honor : Pearl Harbor : betrayal, blame, and a family's quest for justice / Anthony Summers and Robbyn Swan.

Author/Creator:
Summers, Anthony author.
Other Title:
Pearl Harbor : betrayal, blame, and a family's quest for justice
Edition:
First edition.
Publication:
New York, NY : Harper, [2016]
Format/Description:
Book
520 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, map ; 24 cm
Subjects:
Kimmel, Husband Edward, 1882-1968.
Pearl Harbor, Attack on (Hawaii : 1941)
World War (1939-1945)
Pearl Harbor (Hawaii), Attack on, 1941.
World War, 1939-1945 -- Campaigns -- Hawaii -- History.
Military campaigns.
Hawaii.
Form/Genre:
History.
Summary:
An account of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941, the 'scapegoat' Admiral Husband Edward Kimmel, the failure of the top brass in Washington to provide Kimmel with vital intelligence prior to the attack, and the continuing efforts of the family to have Kimmel formally exonerated.
"We thought we knew the story well: On December 7, 1941, 2,403 Americans died when Japan attacked Pearl Harbor, devastating the nation and precipitating entry into World War II. In the aftermath, Admiral Husband Kimmel, commander in chief of the Pacific Fleet, was relieved of command, accused of dereliction of duty, and publicly disgraced. The fact was, however, that--through sheer inefficiency--the top brass in Washington had failed to provide Kimmel with vital intelligence. Then, in the name of protecting the biggest U.S. intelligence secret of the day, they and top officials allowed the Admiral and the Army commander in Hawaii to be made scapegoats for the catastrophe. The Admiral fought to clear his name for the rest of his long life. After Kimmel's death his sons--both Navy veterans--continued the fight. Both houses of Congress approved the posthumous restoration of the Admiral's four-star rank, only to be blocked by the Navy bureaucracy. Today Kimmel's grandchildren maintain the struggle--for them, it is a matter of honor. In this conversation-changing book, Anthony Summers and Robbyn Swan go far beyond the fall and fight-back of one man. They unravel the many apparent mysteries of Pearl Harbor, clear President Franklin D. Roosevelt of the charge that he knew the attack was coming, and uncover duplicity and betrayal in high places in Washington. The authors, Pulitzer Prize finalists for their revelatory book on 9/11, The Eleventh Day, have conducted extraordinary research, with unrivaled access to documents, diaries, and letters. A Matter of Honor is a heartbreaking human story of politics and war--and epic history."--Dust jacket.
Contents:
Catastrophe
Consequence.
Notes:
Includes bibliographical references (pages [375]-492) and index.
Contributor:
Swan, Robbyn, author.
ISBN:
9780062405517
0062405519
OCLC:
941442966
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