New York: Devin-Adair, 1954.
First Edition; Second Printing. Hardcover. Good+ in Good dust jacket. Item #13288
Light cover stains, light cock, light tone, otherwise light wear; Dust Jacket dampstains, edgewear with small chips, rub. Solid hardcover. ; INSCRIBED by Admiral Theobald on front free endpaper. "That F D R alone was responsible for the helplessness of the Pacific fleet and the unpreparedness of Admiral Kimmel and General Short is the thesis of this book. That he had ample advance warning of the attack on Pearl Harbor, which he failed to pass on to Kimmel and Short, is proved beyond question." Controversial and revisionist in its time. "Roosevelt wanted to counteract apathy by forcing a decision which would be incontrovertible. He prepared the way through economic and diplomatic circles by antagonizing Japan sufficiently and provoking the attack. And finally, he had decoded information withheld from the military at Hawaii which induced a laxity in the whole area -- and the subsequent defenselessness. A one-sided account which is persuasive if prejudiced." - Kirkus Reviews (1954). Theobald's controversial defense of the Pearl Harbor commanders and assignment of blame on FDR for having both provoked the Japanese and withheld information from the Hawaii base, has provoked partisans on both sides since its publication. An inscribed copy in dust jacket of this key book on the origins of the WW2 Pacific War. ; 202 pages.
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