By Anthony Summers and Robbyn Swan. An unravelling of the mysteries of Pearl Harbor and an exposé of the vile scapegoating of Adm. Husband Kimmel, the man who was in command of Pearl Harbor the day more than 2,000 Americans died, by his grandsons.
This book is their report on the continuing struggle to restore Kimmel’s lost honor. After the attack, Adm. Kimmel, commander-in-chief of the Pacific Fleet, was relieved of command, accused of negligence and dereliction of duty—publicly disgraced and blamed for the carnage.
But the admiral defended his actions through eight investigations and for the rest of his long life. The evidence against him was less than solid.
High military and political officials had failed to provide Kimmel and his Army counterpart, Gen. Walter Short, with vital intelligence.
Later, to hide the biggest U.S. intelligence secret of the day, they covered it all up. Following the admiral’s death, his sons—both Navy veterans—fought on to clear his name.
Now that they in turn are dead, Kimmel’s grandsons continue the struggle. Note that the authors are far too lenient on Franklin Roosevelt, but a great book nonetheless. Includes 40 black-and-white photos.
Softcover, 544 pages