Pearl Harbor: The Seeds and Fruits of Infamy

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This book by the world expert on Pearl Harbor blows the top off a 70-year cover-up, reporting for the first time on long-suppressed interviews, documents, and corroborated evidence.

The bottom line thesis: that the attack December 7, 1941 was not unexpected or unprovoked. Nor was it the reason that Franklin Roosevelt declared a war that resulted in massive human slaughter. Instead, this book establishes, in exhaustive detail, that Pearl Harbor was permitted as a public relations measure to rally the public - and the blame shifted from the White House, where it belonged, to the men on the ground who were unprepared for the attack.

The author is Percy Greaves (1906-1984). For 70 years, his documents have been the primary source of revisionist scholarship on Pearl Harbor. The documents were prepared under his leadership by the minority on the Congressional commission that investigated Pearl Harbor from 1945 to 1946, because he acted as the main counsel for the Republican minority.

He conducted in-person, detailed, comprehensive interviews with all the main players at Pearl Harbor and many people in the security apparatus. The contents of these interviews are corroborated by military records. More than any other person, he was qualified to speak on this subject. He possessed encyclopedic knowledge and had access to research available to no one else.

However, for many reasons, the documents were not published. He continued to work on this book for many years before his death in 1984. At that point, his wife Bettina Bien Greaves took up the project. The result is absolutely astonishing.

The scenario it describes is not unknown even in our own times. A brutal attack on American soil comes from a foreign source. Death and destruction are everywhere. The nation is furious and thirsty for vengeance. The search is on for the perpetrators and those in government who failed to see it coming. The ruling administration goes to war while manufacturing a cover-up of the details. Congress investigates and eventually produces a report that exonerates the President and the security apparatus that did not work to prevent the attack, while blaming those closest to the disaster.

This scenario might apply to 9-11; recall that it was airport security that caught the blame, and not the Bush administration. And then began the "war on terror" that has bloated government security, escalated military conflicts the world over, and grown government power to unspeakable levels. Conspiracy theories abound because government has never really come clean.

The Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor 60 years earlier followed a similar trajectory. As with 9-11, Franklin Roosevelt had pursued a range of policies that provoked the attack. It was no secret that he wanted to enter the war. For years, historians have pointed to evidence that FDR possessed intelligence that demonstrated high risk of attack.

What if Pearl Harbor was merely the excuse FDR needed to enter the war and not the actual reason? What if he was fully aware that an attack might have been expected? What if the Congressional report that appeared after was more of a cover-up than anything else?

Much of his research has never appeared in print - effectively suppressed for 70 years. Even the censored minority report did not include it all. But at long last, the fullness of this report is revealed. The result is this monumental book, completed and edited by Bettina Greaves and published by the Mises Institute. Pearl Harbor is a 1,000-page indictment of the Roosevelt administration, one that finally and devastatingly rips the lid of a case that has been shrouded in mystery for generations.

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Because of the astonishing source material and thoroughness of the argument, Robert Stinett, the leading authority on the topic and the author of Day of Deceit, calls Greaves's book "explosive!"

Indeed it is. The author writes in a guarded tone, carefully backing up every statement with massive evidence, provided in a level of depth never before seen. The prevailing consensus view is that fault for Pearl Harbor belongs to General Walter Short and Admiral Husband Kimmel, while the major political and military figures in Washington should be completely exonerated.

Greaves turns this conventional wisdom its head. "It is now apparent also that the president himself, even before the attack, had intended to order the U.S. armed forces to make a pre-emptive strike against the Japanese in the southwest Pacific in order to assist the British in southeast Asia. But the Japanese 'jumped the gun' on him by bombing Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941."

Greaves's conclusion is dramatic in the extreme: "It must be said also that the evidence revealed in the course of the several investigations leads to the conclusion that the ultimate responsibility for the catastrophe inflicted on the U.S. Fleet at Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, must rest on the shoulders of President Roosevelt... It was thanks to Roosevelt s decisions and actions that an unwarned, ill-equipped, and poorly prepared Fleet remained stationed far from the shores of the continental United States, at a base recognized by his military advisers as indefensible and vulnerable to attack.... Thus the attack on Pearl Harbor became FDR s excuse, not his reason, for calling for the United States s entry into World War II."

Greaves provides comprehensive coverage here on the history of U.S. and Japanese relations, the actions of the Roosevelt administration, the attack and the response on the ground, the investigations and cover-ups that began almost immediately and continue to this day.

It is a remarkable fact that Greaves, who later became a close confidant of Mises himself throughout the 1950s and 1960s, and who is known mainly for his monetary work, has left us an amazing revelation 70 years after the fact and 26 years after his own death. It is proof that wheels of justice can grind slowly but also very finely.

Percy Greaves was chief of the minority (Republican) research staff of the (1945-1946) Joint Congressional Committee to Investigate the Pearl Harbor Attack. He attended all its hearings, interviewed many Army, Navy, and Washington principals involved in the attack and in the investigations. He researched diplomatic documents, studied reports and accounts of the event published during the years that followed. This book is not about the attack itself. It is about never before presented pre-attack and post-attack events, from the Washington point of view. Without name-calling, innuendo, or slander, Greaves simply presents the pertinent, significant and relevant facts which led the Japanese to attack and the political administration to want to cover-up its involvement. - Bettina Bien Greaves

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