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Adm. James Richardson strongly disagreed about permanently docking navy ships in Pearl Harbor, believing that the Japanese would feel threatened by the proximity of America's Pacific fleet and organize a preemptory attack. With their exposed and isolated location, the ships would be vulnerable to any such aggression. He also recognized that the navy did not have the manpower to fight a war in the Pacific in 1940. He relayed these concerns to all who would listen and protested the decision to politicians in Washington. In response, Pres. Franklin Delano Roosevelt relieved Richardson of his command. This biography covers Richardson's life from moderate beginnings to the investigations by the army and navy into shortcomings at Pearl Harbor, detailing his influences on the military.Contraportada:
"Why was the American Pacific fleet anchored at Pearl Harbor on the date of infamy? Why did President Roosevelt fire Adm. James O. Richardson, predecessor to Admiral Kimmel? Were the Pearl Harbor commanders, Admiral Kimmel and General Short, scapegoats selected to shoulder the blame for Japan's stunning tactical victory? Why were neither Kimmel nor Short afforded either a trial or proper counsel in the series of post-Pearl Harbor investigations?
"Skipper Steely has done a masterful job of sifting through the debris of the Pearl Harbor disaster and answering lingering questions that have hung like a shroud over this cataclysmic American tragedy."
--Alan Armstrong, author of Preemptive Strike: The Secret Plan That Would Have Prevented the Attack on Pearl Harbor
"Pearl Harbor Countdown allows the reader to better understand and appreciate one of America's most exceptional admirals, J. O. Richardson, who until now, has been largely ignored by history. After reading Pearl Harbor Countdown one is left wondering, 'What if . . .'"
--Robert R. Payne, former naval OP-20-G officer and editor of Cryptolog
"This book adds greatly to the knowledge of the Pearl Harbor story. It is a must for all Pearl Harbor and military historians and World War II military buffs."
--Donald M. Goldstein, Ph.D., professor and military historian, co-author of At Dawn We Slept: The Untold Story of Pearl Harbor
In this biography of Adm. James Otto Richardson, the author takes his reader on a shocking, insightful journey through the annals of United States military history, exposing the events leading up to the Pearl Harbor disaster and providing an unprecedented account of the life of the admiral who risked his military career in an effort to protect his country.
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