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Visions of Infamy; The Untold Story of How Journalist Hector C. Bywater Devised the Plans That Led to Pearl Harbor

Honan, William H.

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ISBN 10: 0312054548 / ISBN 13: 9780312054540
Published by St. Martin's Press, New York, 1991
Condition: Good Hardcover
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xvi, 346, [2] pages. Notes. Bibliography. Index. Stamp of other book dealer on endpaper. Endpaper maps. Sticker residue on endpaper. Hector Charles Bywater (21 October 1884 in London-16 or 17 August 1940 in London) was a British journalist and military writer. He was sent as foreign correspondent to London. There he became a naval spy for Britain. In 1915, he was sent back to America to investigate suspicious activity on New York's docks and averted an attempted German bombing. In his 1921 book Sea-power in the Pacific: a study of the American-Japanese naval problem, he predicted naval conflict between Imperial Japan and the United States and expanded the topic further in 1925 book The Great Pacific War. Here Bywater correctly predicted many actions of the Japanese and the Americans. After WWII many military leaders confirmed that Bywater's The Great Pacific War was a key resource in planning military strategy during the war. Derived from a Kirkus review: Bywater's prophetic writings in the 20's and 30's strongly influenced naval officers--some called him the successor to Alfred Thayer Mahan. Remarkably, Honan argues, both the Japanese Imperial Navy and the US Navy adopted many of Bywater's ideas and tested them in combat. Trying to prevent war, Bywater warned the Japanese militarists that, although they might score brilliant surprise victories at the start, a badly bloodied but enraged America would return in time with devastating power and numbers to destroy a depleted Japan. Japan's leaders believed they could hold and expand their early wins with wide and impregnable defenses. Honan hints that Bywater's sudden, mysterious death may have been ordered by Yamamoto before Pearl Harbor, since the Briton knew too much about Japan's plans. Honan collects much circumstantial evidence in support of his brief, gives deserved credit to a fascinating man, and contributes to the lore of WW II. First edition [stated]. First printing [stated]. Bookseller Inventory # 68169

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Title: Visions of Infamy; The Untold Story of How ...

Publisher: St. Martin's Press, New York

Publication Date: 1991

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: Good

Dust Jacket Condition: Very good

Edition: 1st Edition

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Explains how Bywater's prophecies of Japanese militarism may have inadvertently caused the Pacific War by inspiring Pearl Harbor mastermind Isoroku Yamamoto

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Here, New York Times chief cultural correspondent Honan (Ted Kennedy, 1972) contends that Hector C. Bywater, at various times a British naval correspondent, undercover agent, investigator, and naval war-games addict, virtually ``invented the Pacific War.'' Bywater's prophetic writings in the 20's and 30's strongly influenced naval officers--some called him the successor to Alfred Thayer Mahan. Remarkably, Honan argues, both the Japanese Imperial Navy and the US Navy adopted many of Bywater's ideas and tested them in combat. Trying to prevent war, Bywater warned the Japanese militarists that, although they might score brilliant surprise victories at the start, a badly bloodied but enraged America would return in time with devastating power and numbers to destroy a depleted Japan. Ignoring his advice, Japan's leaders believed they could hold and expand their early wins with wide and impregnable defenses. Yamamoto would largely follow Bywater's scenario at Pearl Harbor, Midway, and other operations, Honan says. Despite his mainly accurate prophecies, however--including MacArthur's effective island-hopping and amphibious advances along the South Pacific regions--Bywater did not foresee the rapid advance of air power, aircraft carriers, and long-range submarines that would replace his favored battleships. And Honan hints that Bywater's sudden, mysterious death may have been ordered by Yamamoto before Pearl Harbor, since the Briton knew too much about Japan's plans. Honan collects much circumstantial evidence in support of his brief, gives deserved credit to a fascinating but forgotten man, and contributes to the ever-growing lore of WW II. In light of the limited options available to professional Navy planners, however, one may question whether history would have unfolded very much differently without Bywater's input. (Sixteen pages of photographs- -not seen.) -- Copyright ©1991, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.

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