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Day of Deceit: The Truth About FDR and Pearl Harbor [Hardcover]

Robert B. Stinnett
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31 Jan 2000
This book will shock many. It shows that Pearl Harbour was not an accident, a failure of American intelligence, or a brilliant Japanese military coup - but the result of a carefully orchestrated design, initiated at the highest levels of US government to galvanise the reluctant American public into entering WWII.

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  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Constable; First Edition edition (31 Jan 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 009480320X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0094803206
  • Product Dimensions: 23.6 x 15.7 x 3.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,264,919 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Bruce Bartlett "The Wall Street Journal" Fascinating and readable....Exceptionally well-presented. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Robert Stinnett served in the United States Navy from 1942 to 1946, where he earned ten battle stars and a Presidential Unit Citation. He is the author of "George Bush: His World War II Years." Before devoting himself to writing "Day of Deceit, " he was a photographer and journalist for the "Oakland Tribune." He is a consultant on the Pacific War for the BBC, Asahi Television, and NHK Television in Japan. He lives in Oakland, California. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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5.0 out of 5 stars This changes everything 11 May 2001
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Whether or not you accept all Stinnett's conclusions, there's no question his research has opened important new doors. And for that, he deserves our thanks.
'The heart of this book,' Stinnett writes on page 258, is the assertion 'that a systematic plan had been in place long before Pearl Harbor that would climax with the attack.' As soon as the smoking ruins of the U.S. Pacific Fleet were extinguished in December, 1941, and ever since, many observers (Beard, Russett, Toland, etc.) have questioned whether President Franklin Roosevelt deliberately adopted a stance designed to provoke Japan into making the first 'overt act of war.' This aspect of Stinnett's argument is nothing new.
What *is* new is Stinnett's discovery of a memorandum by Arthur McCollum, a Navy lieutenant commander and Japan expert, outlining an eight-point scheme to back the Japanese into a corner and provoke an attack. Stinnet tracks the memo from McCollum to a naval strategist in the Office of Naval Intelligence (ONI) named Knox. From there, the trail goes cold, although Stinnett has circumstantial evidence that it traveled from Knox to ONI chief Captain Walter Anderson, USN, and thence to FDR himself.
Stinnett's argument is that FDR adopted McCollum's policy recommendations, thus setting America on the road to war with Japan. He can't prove this irrefutably, but you don't need the smoking gun to know there's a trout in the milk (to cruelly mix metaphors). Whether he needed McCollum to outline them for him or not, FDR unquestionably adopted policies, most significantly an embargo on trade with Japan, that he should have seen (Stinnett's argument is that he *did* see) would dramatically increase the likelihood of war. I wonder, therefore, whether McCollum's memo is as significant as Stinnett believes it is.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Surprise Attack: The False Myth 16 May 2011
By nmollo VINE VOICE
A Surprise Attack: The False Myth

This is an important and revelatory book but I would say it is not for the uninitiated.

Day of Deceit: The Truth about FDR and Pearl Harbor by Robert B. Stinnett is a summation of a lengthy investigation that shows "almost" beyond a doubt that there was foreknowledge of the attacks at Pearl Harbor. Also the book shows that a plan was most certainly in place to encourage and provoke Japan to make the first "overt act of war".

As to the first point about foreknowledge, I say "almost" beyond a doubt because the documents or evidence that would finally put this historical event to rest have been destroyed or are still withheld by the national security state.

What is clear, is that the Truth of the attack on Pearl Harbor has been swamped in the perpetuation of a false myth.
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5.0 out of 5 stars interesting 5 Nov 2009
By Mr. Pj Williams VINE VOICE
beware, some of the info in this book will make you rethink your opinions on pearl harbour. read with an open mind. and dont start shouting conspiracy. most of it makes strategic sense politically and even militarily. it all seems strangely possible
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4.0 out of 5 stars Day of Deceit 5 Dec 2010
By Taffy
If you are one of the many who pour scorn on conspiracy theorists, you should avoid this book at all costs, for if you allow yourself to read 'Day of Deceit' with anything like an open mind you will only go on to spend a whole lot of your money on other reputable tomes covering such topics as the assasination of JFK, the Gulf of Tonkin Incident, 9/11, ENRON,the weapons of mass destruction in Iraq,the sub-prime debacle, and the truth about climate change. Then you'd inevitably have to go on to address Intelligent Design! So be warned! Close your mind and your wallet!
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5.0 out of 5 stars It proved Japan was not Aggressor. 16 Jun 2004
The magnitude of what this book has revealed is unspeakably great to anyone who researches on wartime history of Japan and to any Japanese who is desperately trying to debunk terrible false accusations Japan received from the victorious Allied Powers in the International Military Tribunal for the Far East, a.k.a. Tokyo Trial after the World War 2 ended.
The McCollum�fs Eight Action Proposal to �gprovoke Japan to commit overt act of war�h suggested so-called �gABCD Encirclement�h: Economic encirclement of Japan by America, Britain, China and Dutch.
In May 1951, General Douglas MacArthur stated before the Committee on Armed Services and the Committee on Foreign Relations, United States Senate; �gThere is practically nothing indigenous to Japan except the silk worm. They lack cotton, they lack wool, they lack petroleum products, they lack tin, they lack rubber, they lack a great many other things, all of which was in the Asiatic basin.�h And most of those were being imported from abovementioned four countries. Then MacArthur concludes; �gThey feared that if those supplies were cut off, there would be 10 to 12 million people unoccupied in Japan. Their purpose, therefore, in going to war was largely dictated by security.�h
At the court of the Tokyo Trial, the Prosecutors actually failed to prove Japan�fs evil intention to go for the war with China, the U.S.A. and the British and other Allied countries, let alone to �gconquer the world�h. They had to admit that the world famous forged document; Tanaka Memorial, which allegedly announced Japan�fs cunning plan of conquest of the world, was in fact a forgery.
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