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Yamamoto, A Reluctant Enemy

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  1. kerrd5

    kerrd5 Ace

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    Ian Toll assesses Admiral Yamamoto:

    "ON a bright Hawaiian Sunday morning 70 years ago today, hundreds of Japanese warplanes appeared suddenly over Pearl Harbor and laid waste to the United States Pacific Fleet. The American people boiled over in righteous fury, and America plunged into World War II. The “date which will live in infamy” was the real turning point of the war, which had been raging for more than two years, and it opened an era of American internationalism and global security commitments that continues to this day.

    "By a peculiar twist of fate, the Japanese admiral who masterminded the attack had persistently warned his government not to fight the United States. Had his countrymen listened, the history of the 20th century might have turned out much differently.

    "Adm. Isoroku Yamamoto foresaw that the struggle would become a prolonged war of attrition that Japan could not hope to win. For a year or so, he said, Japan might overrun locally weak Allied forces — but after that, its war economy would stagger and its densely built wood-and-paper cities would suffer ruinous air raids. Against such odds, Yamamoto could 'see little hope of success in any ordinary strategy.' His Pearl Harbor operation, he confessed, was 'conceived in desperation.' It would be an all-or-nothing gambit, a throw of the dice: 'We should do our best to decide the fate of the war on the very first day.'”

    http://www.nytimes.com/2011/12/07/opinion/a-reluctant-enemy.html?ref=opinion

    http://www.amazon.com/Pacific-Cruci...8137/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1323294676&sr=8-1
     
  2. LRusso216

    LRusso216 Graybeard Staff Member Patron  

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    I look forward to reading the book. It sounds like a winner.
     
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    OpanaPointer I Point at Opana Staff Member Patron   WW2|ORG Editor

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    Let me know if it's claimed he went to Harvard. I'm ready to file suit to get his records released.
     
  4. mikebatzel

    mikebatzel Dreadnaught

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    I'll have to pick this up as well. I have read another of his works and found it quite enjoyable.
     
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    OpanaPointer I Point at Opana Staff Member Patron   WW2|ORG Editor

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    Any comments on this book?
     

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