Bruce Lee Marching Orders

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Marching Orders

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Already acclaimed as "one of the most important books ever published about World War II,"* this brilliantly written book reveals a host of previously untold stories: how the American breaking of the Japanese diplomatic Purple ciphers led to the defeat of Germany and caused Eisenhower not to capture Berlin, as well as why America and Great Britain agreed to employ nuclear weapons against Japan.

In researching Marching Orders, Bruce Lee had access to 1.5 million pages of U.S. Army documents -- plus 15,000 pages of Japanese decrypts -- detailing Germany's most sensitive military secrets. Japanese diplomats and military attaches in Europe sent these reports daily to Tokyo, believing falsely that their ciphers could not be broken. In turn, Tokyo sent its diplomats plans for the military expansion of the Japanese Empire.

In Marching Orders, Bruce Lee takes these decrypts and shows, with an overlay on wartime chronological events, what their impact was on Chief of Staff George C. Marshall (plus a handful of others) and how they influenced his strategic prosecution of the war. New light is shed on myriad issues, including the ceding of Berlin to the Soviets, the wars in Africa and on the Eastern Front, the invasion of Europe, and the atomic bombing of Japan.

Challenging conventional wisdom, this book concisely documents the dreadful casualties both American and Japanese forces would have suffered in an invasion and occupation of Japan. Marching Orders demonstrates, through its interpretation of the supposedly secret communications between Japanese leaders, that Tokyo was adamant in its refusal to surrender. The difficult choices facing the Americans about how to end the war quickly are explained on a day-by-day-basis.

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During Bruce Lee's long publishing career, he has been editor-researcher for Cornelius Ryan and the editor of Gordon Prange, Admiral Edwin T. Layton, Ronald Lewin, and Charles B. MacDonald. He is the coauthor of Pearl Harbor: Final Judgement. He lives in New York City.

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Lee, the editor of David Garrow's Pulitzer Prize-winning Bearing the Cross (LJ 11/15/86) and coauthor with Henry Clausen of Pearl Harbor: Final Judgement (LJ 9/15/92), has analyzed recently declassified Magic codes (Japanese secret crypts) and U.S. Army Intelligence documents. The result is the most complete history available of American code-breaking activity and its consequences during World War II. Lee shows convincingly how these daily decrypts influenced Generals Marshall and Eisenhower in their strategic prosecution of the war. Daily top-secret messages sent to Tokyo by Japanese diplomats in Berlin gave American leaders unique access to the thoughts and battle plans of Hitler and the German General Staff. Many of the mysteries that have eluded historians since the end of the war are much clarified: the Pearl Harbor fiasco, D-Day, why the Americans let the Russians capture Berlin, and why the decision to drop the atomic bomb was made. This is the most significant publication about World War II since the recent series of books on the Ultra revelations and should be purchased by all libraries.
Richard Nowicki, Emerson Vocational H.S., Buffalo,
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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