Title: A Matter Of Honor
Author: Anthony Summers & Robbyn Swan
We thought we knew the story well: On December 7, 1941, 2403 Americans died when Japan attacked Pearl Harbor, devastating the nation and precipitating entry into World War II. In the after math, 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.